Graham Parker was the king of English pub rock in the ’70s, and he’s still out there doing it. (A weirdly huge portion of Judd Apatow’s 2012 movie This Is 40 was built around his participation.) Clash Music recently had the bright idea to ask Parker about a handful of recent singles, and you will probably shocked to learn that he doesn’t like most of them. Parker’s big issue seems to be with slick production (actual quote: “Get rid of these producers, people!”), but he’s not always into the songs themselves, either. Below, check out what he’s got to say about Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” and Mumford & Sons’ “Believe.”
On “I Really Like You”:
This is moony eyed teenage girl music. Sounds like it was written by a team of Scandinavians – there’s a lot of it about. Conveyor belt. Rent-a-song. I would normally only have heard this in a supermarket coz I don’t listen to commercial radio. I believe she won a TV show competition. Sounds about right.
God, I hate doing this. I hope no one ever asks me again. But I can’t resist. I’m sure they’re a lovely and talented bunch of fellas, but I can’t find one good thing to say about this music, these lyrics, this voice…nothing. OK, here’s something positive: beautifully executed middle of the road record.
To see what he’s got to say about tracks from Heartless Bastards, Lion Babe, Lucy Rose, and Lauren Desberg, head over here.