Heat Treatment

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Heat Treatment
Heat treatment cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1976
RecordedRockfield Studios, Wales
LabelVertigo, Mercury
ProducerRobert John "Mutt" Lange, Nick Lowe (track 7 only)
Graham Parker chronology
Howlin' Wind
Heat Treatment
Stick to Me

Heat Treatment is the second album by rock and roll singer-songwriter Graham Parker and The Rumour. A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin' Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, "Pourin' It All Out", and "Fool's Gold". "That's What They All Say" is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while "Turned Up Too Late" was perhaps Parker's most emotionally mature composition to date. "Black Honey" is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut's upbeat first track "White Honey". "Hotel Chambermaid" was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album's front cover.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[5]

The album finished second in the 1976 The Village Voice critics poll of the year's best albums along with his previous album, Howlin' Wind, released the same year, at number four.[6]

In recent years Parker on his website [1] has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Graham Parker except as indicated.

  1. "Heat Treatment" – 3:07
  2. "That's What They All Say" – 3:46
  3. "Turned Up Too Late" – 3:38
  4. "Black Honey" – 3:57
  5. "Hotel Chambermaid" – 2:55
  6. "Pourin' It All Out" – 3:15
  7. "Back Door Love" – 3:01
  8. "Something You're Going Through – 4:10
  9. "Help Me Shake It" – 3:37
  10. "Fools' Gold" – 4:15

2001 Bonus Tracks (from Pink Parker EP)[edit]

  1. "Hold Back the Night" (Dennis Harris, Allan Felder, Ronald Baker, Earl Young) – 3:01
  2. "(Let Me Get) Sweet on You" – 2:44


Additional personnel[edit]



Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard Pop Albums 169


Year Song Chart Position
1977 "Hold Back the Night" Billboard Pop Singles 58


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Heat Treatment – Graham Parker & the Rumour / Graham Parker". AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Graham Parker: Heat Treatment". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved March 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Abowitz, Richard (2004). "Graham Parker". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 616–17. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Graham Parker". Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  6. ^ "The 1976 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. January 31, 1977.