Half an hour later, I had the tune and right away booked a nearby studio to record it. Foolishly, they turned it down, even though I’d nailed that sucker.
Two weeks later, another request came along and the same scenario repeated itself, this time with the added nuisance that the \'Folks At The Top\' chose the most lame piece of work for the show you could possibly imagine.
Enough of this, I thought, and went off to write treatments to my own imaginary TV shows which I would grace with the correct theme tunes, not ones chosen by idiots. (Instead of lyrics on the album cover, you get plots!)
Hence, Imaginary Television.\" —GRAHAM PARKER, 2010
LONG HAILED for having a sharp wit and uncanny storytelling ability, Graham Parker might also abe clairvoyant – or at least omniscient. Heck, this still-pretty-angry, not-so-young man has foreseen the future of the music industry! In an era when artists are selling fewer records and being forced to tour until the wheels fall off, the most money and the most buzz is coming from licensing. Sure, it might be almost unbearable to hear Roger Daltrey wailing on the radio these days after getting Who-blasted every time a C.S.I. spinoff is on, but for a lot of indie artists, getting a commercial placement is the difference between wallowing in semi-obscurity and at least having a little money in the bank.
On Imaginary Television, Graham Parker combines indelible hooks, penchant for the British blues-rock revival with a touch of the reggae and biting political commentary to produce an incredibly solid record. Channels Them-era Van Morrison, New York style Lou Reed, and the omnipresent Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen once said that the only band he’d pay to see live was Graham Parker and The Rumour, and Graham’s renegade spirit and ear for hooks have only sharpened over the years.
The songs are far from literal, though. Imaginary Television’s tongue-in-cheek lyrical takes on political differences, everyday life and even the constant but infuriating nature of the Weather Channel aren’t just astoundingly accurate boob-tube ditties, but sharp epics as well. Exactly what listeners have always expected from Graham Parker, and exactly what he’s doing better than ever these days.