Which is to say that Steve Goulding and Andrew Bodnar (curiously the best preserved of this veteran ensemble) were always a better rhythm section than Stewart Copeland and Gordon Sumner. During a set that ranged from the title track of debut album Howlin' Wind to an encore of Hey Lord, Don's Ask Me Questions, that was one thought I hadn't planned on having. Because Parker and the Rumour were an R&B band, surely, our Springsteen and the E Street Band?
The comparison is still valid - and nothing on the reunited outfit's new Three Chord Good album marks a radical change in direction - but the accomplished sextet's musicality is more sophisticated, with the contrasting guitar styles of Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont and Hammond and piano of Rob Andrews stretching to the US-conquering Discovering Japan, as the Costello-esque Don't Get Excited, as well as the more straightforward pub-rock of Lady Doctor and Hotel Chambermaid. Long Emotional Ride, Snake Oil Capital of the World and Old Soul, from the new disc, are worthy additions to that catalogue.