Inspired by the grossly lame themes used for sitcoms and television dramas, "Imaginary Television" is Graham Parker thinking outside of "the box," or maybe inside it. Parker created his own TV treatments, wrote the tunes to go along with them, and rocking ensued.
... I went off to write treatments to my own
imaginary TV shows which I would grace with the
correct theme tunes, not ones chosen by idiots.
(Instead of lyrics on the album cover, you get plots!) --Graham Parker
MUST HEAR CD: It's a brilliant conceit, and one that's suited to Parker's strengths: a collection of would-be theme songs for elaborately absurd and thus perfectly plausible TV shows. Predictably, there's plenty of cheeky wit here, but also flecks of tenderness and pathos as the singer/songwriter evokes the desperation of characters who seem bizarre enough to be real --USA Today
The singer-songwriter shows he hasn't lost a lick. Imaginary Television is full of everything that great rock possesses: unforgetable melodies, lyrics that make us think and twitch, musicians who turn notes into inspiration and a voice we'll follow anywhere. Parker has all these and much, much more. He still has magic, and is full of new classics like Broken Skin and Bring Me a Heart Again which show the past 30 years have been lived wisely --Sonic Boomers