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Graham Parker and the Shot

  • Steady Nerves [Elektra, 1985] B-

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Steady Nerves [Elektra, 1985]
"I'm not exactly into humor," he observes in "Canned Laughter," and truer words were never spoken--unless you count "Mercury Poisoning," I don't think he's cracked a joke in ten years. So maybe he should give it a try. I know sensitivity didn't work. But squeezing out one more round of angry hooks doesn't work either. B-