“The first single that I bought – and this is a pretty strange one – was ‘Some Kind of Fun’ by Chris Montez. How about that? That’s pretty strange. It was a minor hit in England, but I was knocked out by this vibrant organ thing. That was the first record that I actually bought. I don’t know what year that was. When the hell was that? Was that pre-Beatles and Stones? I think it probably was.
Then I was buying Stones’ EPs and singles and stuff. I had ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’ Then somebody – I think it was a friend of mine’s parents – gave me all these Little Richard records, ‘Slippin’ and Slidin” and stuff.
But that Chris Montez, that’s the guy. He did it for me, the Latino devil.
There was actually a video for that song I think. I remember seeing it on TV, and there were all these people going on a roller coaster. It was all very exciting, that pounding organ thing. It’s amazing that I didn’t turn out to be a Hammond organ player.”
In support of his new album, “Imaginary Television,” veteran rocker Graham Parker teams up with the Figgs to squeeze out some rock ‘n’ roll sparks at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Thursday (April 19). The Figgs will also be celebrating the release of their brand new 2-CD set, “The Day Gravity Stopped.” Priced at $17, advance tix are available here.