The Rumour (sometimes credited as Graham Parker & the Rumour) were a rock band in the late 70's and early 80's. Members came from veteran pub rock bands Brinsley Schwarz and Bontemps Roulez. They are best known as the backup band for Graham Parker, although they also backed Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, and Garland Jeffreys on the tour for his Escape Artist album.
The Rumour released three albums in their own right: Max (1977), Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs And Krauts (1979), and Purity of Essence (1980). A compilation from the last two albums was released by Metro in 2000, entitled Not so much a rumour, more a way of life.
Andrews left the group in 1979 and it disbanded in 1980, after recording Purity of Essence and Parker's The Up Escalator without him.
The Rumour were noted for their hard driving, skilled, tightly arranged ensemble playing. They have been compared to the The Band and the Rolling Stones, frequently recalling both simultaneously. Together with Parker they recorded several landmark records, most notably Squeezing Out Sparks.
Bodnar and Goulding played bass and drums, respectively, on Elvis Costello's first recording, "Watching the Detectives".
In 1979 Bruce Springsteen pronounced Parker and the Rumour the only band he'd pay to see.
The debut 7" by the Big Boys is one of those Killed by Death records that is actually worth all the hype. The Big Boys were already writing brilliant songs, including the amazing title track. "Frat Cars" is a snotty punk anthem on par with the Dicks' "Kill from the Heart." The other songs are a bit slower and more atmospheric, although "Mutant Rock" gets pretty manic as Biscuit rants "gimme gimme gimme gimme mutant rock!" "Heartbeat" is a showcase for Tim Kerr, already at the peak of his understated jazzy songwriting talent. They made 500 of these with handmade covers, but it has been reissued once and booted several times, with the song "Influence" substituted for "Mutant Rock" for some reason. At least it is the best Big Boys rarity.
Human Switchboard's sound was extremely reminiscent of the Velvet Underground. Founded in Kent, Ohio in 1976, their fist recording was released in 1977 (an EP produced by David Thomas of Pere Ubu). In 1980 they released Human Switchboard Live which got them signed by Jay Boberg to I.R.S.'s new Faulty Products for whom they released their only full length studio album, Who's Landing In My Hangar? A live release for ROIR called Coffee Break! followed a year later and the band dissolved.
After the band's break-up in 1982, Rob Pfeifer wound up as an A&R guy for Epic Records and recorded a solo LP entitled After Words in 1987. He then went on to head Disney's Hollywood Records. There he handled not only the label's aquisition of the Queen catalog but also took the heat for the label's failure to develop into a dominant force in the music industry as the film divisions (Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Miramax) had become in the film industry. He was unceremoniously "let go" in 1995, despite the fact that most of the reasons cited stemmed from the actions of the previous regime. Myrna Marcarian also recorded a solo LP entitled, simply Myrna. Today she is an administrator at NYU. Ron Metz is a member of The Schramms.
Billy is punkier overall on these two albums since he's being backed by the Turn Ups, but the synths are really prominant on many tracks. His voice also takes some getting used to. Note that about half the songs are 60s garage rock covers.[JF]
Jacno, born Denis Quilliard in Paris on 3 July 1957 is a French musician.
Jacno is also the name of a graphic artist who designed the gallic helmet logo of Gauloises brand cigarettes, which the musician smokes infamously. He was a founding member of the first French punk band The Stinky Toys. In the early 1980s, after the group disbanded, he teamed up with former Stinky Toys singer Elli Medeiros to form the pop duo Elli et Jacno. Jacno has also released a number of solo albums since 1979.
Aye aye these boys look like some whimpering power pop band..... a sort of young Cure style band. WRONG !!! A classic three piece playing mid tempo classic punk. I can imagine them in the studio saying "its not loud enough" and turning everything up into the red as instruments and channels all bleed into a distorted cacophonous racket !!! In short two brilliant singles Our Generation / I Love Her Way (Looney Records 78) and We're Not Going To Take It / Pornography (Looney 78) where in the latter's B-side the singer intones 'I'm getting turned on by the size of her tits.'