The Rumour were a British rock band in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known as the backup band for Graham Parker, whose early records (from 1976 to 1980) were credited to Graham Parker & The Rumour. However, The Rumour were also recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums: Max (1977), Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs And Krauts (1978), and Purity of Essence (1980). The group broke up at the end of 1980, but reunited as Parker's backing band in 2011, and have performed and recorded with Parker ever since.

The band undertook a short final UK tour in October 2015, finishing with a final concert at the London Forum on 17 October 2015. At this show, the surviving members of the horn section also reunited, the first time for 33 years.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Howlin’ Wind 4
1976 Heat Treatment 4
1977 Stick to Me 1
1979 Squeezing Out Sparks 4
1980 The Up Escalator 3
2012 Three Chords Good 1
2015 Mystery Glue 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Pumpin' It Out 1
1993 The Best of Graham Parker and the Rumour 1
1996 Squeezing Out Sparks + Live Sparks 1
Not If It Pleases Me 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Live at Marble Arch 1
1978 The Parkerilla 2
1979 1979-04-03: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 1
1979 Live Sparks 1
1994 Live on the Test 1
2009 Live In San Francisco 1979 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Hotel Chambermaid 1
1977 Hold Back the Night / (Let Me Get) Sweet on You 1
1977 The New York Shuffle 1
1978 Hey Lord, Don’t Ask Me Questions 1
1979 Discovering Japan 1
1979 Local Girls 1
1979 Mercury Poisoning 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Pink Parker 3

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