The Parkerilla

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The Parkerilla
Live album by Graham Parker and The Rumour
Released May 1978 (1978-05)
Recorded Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
Manchester Opera House
Apollo Theatre, Oxford
The Palladium, NYC
Genre Pub Rock, Rhythm & Blues
Length 53:18
Label Mercury
Producer Mutt Lange
Graham Parker and The Rumour chronology
Stick To Me (1977) The Parkerilla (1978) Squeezing Out Sparks
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (Greil Marcus) (unfavorable)[3]

The Parkerilla is a 1978 live double album by Graham Parker and The Rumour. It was recorded at Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Manchester Opera House, Apollo Theatre, Oxford and The Palladium, New York City; and mixed at Rockfield Studios, Wales.

The album was recorded as a contractual obligation album as Parker had already signed with Arista and was preparing "Squeezing Out Sparks" for that label. The album was longer than a traditional record and Mercury elected to release it as a double album. The single "Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions" was a re-recording of a song from the first album (and slightly retitled) with the song occupying the fourth side. [4]

The album met with a mixed reception from critics who were waiting for new material from Parker. [5]

In 1991, Rolling Stone ranked The Parkerilla number 64 on its list of 100 greatest album covers.[6] The cover photography was by Brian Griffin.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Graham Parker; except where indicated

  1. "Lady Doctor" 2:48
  2. "Fool's Gold" 4:23
  3. "Tear Your Playhouse Down" (Earl Randle) 3:50
  4. "Don't Ask Me Questions" 5:00
  5. "The Heat in Harlem" 7:35
  6. "Silly Thing" 3:15
  7. "Gypsy Blood" 5:15
  8. "Back to Schooldays" 2:40
  9. "Heat Treatment" 3:06
  10. "Watch the Moon Come Down" 5:15
  11. "New York Shuffle" 2:57
  12. "Soul Shoes" 3:23
  13. "Don't Ask Me Questions" 3:51


The Rumour Brass
  • Ray Bevis - tenor saxophone
  • John Earle - tenor and baritone saxophone
  • Chris Gower - trombone
  • Dick Hanson - trumpet, flugelhorn


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Graham Parker & the Rumour: The Parkerilla Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review: The Parkerilla". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Marcus, Greil (15 June 1978). "Review: The Parkerilla". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ Phil Hendricks. Parkerilla CD sleeve notes. Lemon Records. p. 2. 
  5. ^ Phil Hendricks. Parkerilla CD sleeve notes. Lemon Records. p. 2. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone, November 14, 1991