The Real Macaw

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For the Australian film, see The Real Macaw (film).
The Real Macaw
Studio album by Graham Parker
Released July 1983
Genre Rock
Length 39:06
Label Arista
Producer David Kershenbaum
Graham Parker chronology
Another Grey Area
The Real Macaw
Steady Nerves
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 3/5 stars[2]

The Real Macaw is a 1983 album by Graham Parker and was released on the Arista Records label.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Graham Parker

  1. "Just Like a Man"
  2. "You Can't Take Love for Granted"
  3. "Glass Jaw"
  4. "Passive Resistance"
  5. "Sounds Like Chains"
  6. "Life Gets Better"
  7. "A Miracle a Minute"
  8. "Beyond a Joke"
  9. "Last Couple on the Dance Floor"
  10. "Anniversary"
  11. "(Too Late) The Smart Bomb"


  • Graham Parker - Lead and backing vocals, "blue and hollow" guitars
  • Brinsley Schwarz - "Orange and black" guitars
  • George Small - Keyboards
  • Kevin Jenkins - Bass
  • Gilson Lavis - Drums

Additional musicians

  • Sarah Larson - violin
  • Mel Collins - saxophone
  • Morris Pert - percussion
  • Andy Ebsworth - Linn drum programming


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Graham Parker The Real Macaw review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  2. ^ Gregory, Hugh (February 2005). "Graham Parker 'The Real Macaw'". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 102. 
  • Graham Parker "The Real Macaw" album cover