fans who are now Rumor fans. That's a bonus. At Schwartz: some early gigs there were people hoping for Brins-
ley Schwartz, which was a small drawback at the
time. But these folks soon saw it was my songs and
my way of doing things.
R.A.T.W.: To what extent did you environment affect your
songwriting? I mean, how much of the record com-
pany's story about you pumping gas is true?
Parker: It's all true really. I just happened to be working in a gas station when I met the Rumor, It was just a
job. I think my music wouldn't have been so strong
if I had been out on the road for the past five years.
I would have had the enthusiasm knocked out of
me. The writing—the songs have been saved until I Parker: was ready. I think it was a good thing I was cut off
from the scene—working in clubs and the like
until I felt sure of myself, which was about a year
R.A.T.W.: In line with that, which do you think is more im- Schwartz: portant: the enthusiasm of just going out on the
road or the experience that comes from being part
of the scene for a number of years?