I think because of when I first got into stuff like this that it seems as if I like some of the so-called "weaker" albums by established artists.
But, whatever, Elvis Costello's Punch The Clock and Graham Parker's The Real Macaw remain two of my favorite albums from 1983.
I remember getting a bit rankled in 1988 when people were raving about Tracy Chapman like she was the first person to pick up an acoustic guitar.
In the words of Morrissey in The Smith's "Shakespeare's Sister" single: "I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar then it meant that you were a protest singer."
I think Marti Jones covered this song on her great 1988 CD Used Guitars.
This clip features Graham accompanied by guitarist Brinsley Schwarz who also had a band with the same name which featured a pre-Rockpile Nick Lowe and Iam Gomm -- British rock seems a small world sometimes.
"You Can't Take Love For Granted"