is highly underrated by the music history books. His 1982 breakthrough album "Night & day" is decades ahead of its time and although not credited, is many an influence for bands like Yellowcard, Finch, Unwritten Law, Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41 .. well
, you get the drift. Not that many of the above mention bands would agree with me, mainly because they probably haven't even heard of the "Grandmaster of Alternative Punk". 1982
was swamped with New Wave, on the radio, on the TV, it was everywhere
. In fact, New Wave was so popular, that Joe Jackson's "Night & Day" album was classed as ... yup, you got it .. New Wave. Clearly it is not New Wave, but back then it was to hard to define. It (the album) had a fusion of Punk, Pop, Soul, Jazz & Jive, so I guess they (experts) classed it as New Wave because they didn't know what to call it. They still probably don't, and to be honest, I can't either, unless "Gem" is now a classification.