Music: Barnstorming For Fool's Gold

Britain's Graham Parker brings basic rock back home

Close your books, it's a pop quiz. Only one question, but tricky. Multiple choice. Graham Parker's music is 1) new wave, 2) old wave, 3) no wave, 4) punk rock, 5) pub rock, 6) none of these, 7) all of these.

Having trouble? You should be. The last is probably the closest to the right answer, although none suits—a situation of which the test subject is well aware. "My image is very vague," Parker admits. "That makes it difficult for audiences to fully latch onto me and...

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