Graham Parker & The Rumour / Squeezing Out Sparks

From ‘76 thru ‘80 Graham Parker & The Rumour were on an absolute tear, melding rhythm and blues with punk fervor. To my ears, their commercial breakthrough from their first five studio slabs, aptly titled Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) is the pinnacle. Bassist Andrew Bodnar grooves, glissandos, and plies soulful melodic motifs aplenty for the first Parker platter which ditched horns in favor of gritty guitars. Note the Sparks support tour was equally incendiary – as evidenced on the Deluxe Edition.