|1. Discovering Japan|
|2. Local Girls|
|3. Nobody Hurts You|
|4. You Can't Be Too Strong|
|5. Passion Is No Ordinary Word|
|6. Saturday Night Is Dead|
|7. Love Gets You Twisted|
|9. Waiting For The UFO's|
|10. Don't Get Excited|
|11. Discovering Japan|
|12. Local Girls|
|13. Nobody Hurts You|
|14. You Can't Be Too Strong|
|15. Passion Is No Ordinary Word|
|16. Saturday Night Is Dead|
|17. Love Gets You Twisted|
|19. Waiting For The UFO's|
|20. Don't Get Excited|
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
Squeezing Out Sparks was not only Parker's finest moment, but it still stands up today as one of rock's best albums. When it was first released in 1979, Arista simultaneously issued Live Sparks, a collection of live radiocasts that featured the same 10 songs in the same order plus the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Parker's kiss-off to his former label, "Mercury Poisoning." The latter package was made available only to radio stations and critics, but it was a riveting live record worth all of the $40 it commanded on the collectors' market. Now Arista has reissued the 10 studio tracks and the dozen live tracks on an invaluable single CD. Included are two versions each of rock's best pro-choice abortion song ("You Can't Be Too Strong") and best Hiroshima song ("Discovering Japan"). --Geoffrey Himes
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The killer songs like 'Discovering Japan', 'Local Girls', 'You cant be too strong' and 'Passion is no ordinary word' just make this outstanding CD what it really is - one that is truly a landmark of new-wave, as well as being one of the best CD's recorded - ever.
One great moment of lyrical history on this CD that I will never forget is 'They got new idols on the screen today/although they make a lot of noises, they got nothin to say/I try to look amazed but its an act/the music might be new but its the same soundtrack...' Gotta love GP's cynicism and perception, eh?
I cannot say enough great things about this - if you are a fan of 70-80's new wave, this is a staple. For those wanting to hear something with a great musical intensity as well as lyrics that make you stand up and take notice, this CD should be in your tray right now - play it or get it!!!
Parker is an angry guy - but better than that, he's a literate angry guy who actually has a point to make. Many can say the same thing - but it's his essemtial sense of style and wit that makes it happen so well.
"When I pretend to touch, you pretend to feel" can sum up so much in such a short space. This album pushes and tugs at you with a relentless fury and it simply demands that you listen to it. It won't allow you to put it on as background muzak - it gets in your face and says _HEAR THIS NOW!.
Of course, some folks might not want a CD to be in their face and might find a CD doing this to them to be a tad scary - but hey - it's Graham Parker and you have been warned. Listen to the record at least three times and it'll be on your short list forever.
The emotional center of the album is the burning acoustic ballad 'You Can't Be Too Strong.' I understand how the line "It's just a mistake I won't have to face / Don't give it a name, don't give it a place / Don't give it a chance, it's lucky in a way" is easily interpreted as an indictment of abortion. Another interpretation may be that Parker is resentful that after releasing three albums, critics have pigeonholed him as a "good time" pub rocker. 'Passion Is No Ordinary Word' questions the selfish act of sexual conquest: "Everything's a thrill / And every girl's a kill / And then it gets unreal / And then you don't feel anything." And although critics may have approved of his previous work, Parker names himself as his worst enemy ("Nobody hurts you...harder than yourself" from 'Nobody Hurts You'). 'Love Gets You Twisted' again examines the value of romance, sex and relationships.
Parker faces his fears in 'Protection' pleading "Turn off all the information," but is unable to escape to a safe haven. If peace and tranquility are not possible on Earth, they may be awaiting in the skies above ('Waiting for the UFO's'). Both 'Saturday Nite Is Dead' and 'Local Girls' are aggressive, peddle-to-the-metal rockers from the Rumour. Squeezing Out Sparks is a brilliant and sophisticated ending to the seventies ushering in, well, how about five skinny punks from New York.