For several years in the 1970s and '80s, Graham Parker seemed to be on the verge of hitting it big.
Yet despite a rabid fan base and critical acclaim, his soul-influenced rock never quite entered the mainstream.
Now he's getting another chance. Parker, 62, reunited his band the Rumour for "Three Chords Good," their first album together in over 30 years. Now, they're on tour.
amNY spoke with Parker.
Why did you decide to reunite the Rumour now? It was completely an accident. I had the idea to get the bass player and the drummer to form a trio. The drummer made a joke about adding the other guys, so I emailed them just to spite him.
How did you wind up being featured in the upcoming movie "This Is 40"? [Writer-director] Judd [Apatow] just got hold of me. In the movie, Paul Rudd runs an independent record company and wants to sign acts he likes. Judd ... knew my music and was a bit of a fan.
The new album is quieter than your '70s work. Was that intentional? We didn't discuss it or make a plan, but I'm glad it came out like that. To try to replicate the intensity of a 26-year-old would be ridiculous.
If you go: Graham Parker and The Rumour are at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday at 8 p.m., 2 W. 64th St., 212-874-5210, $45-$75.