This punk band blended serious pop hooks, edgy lyrics and pounding rhythms to create New Wave songs unlike any other. They’ve been compared to the Beatles and the Kinks, but Andy Partridge has always kept his own vision.
Over forty years ago, Joe Jackson cut through the radio blandness with punchy, back-to-back albums that heralded a new chapter in music.
With sparking production, (and a trick or two borrowed from Motown), Todd Rundgren’s ’70s-era hits still hold up. Phil Thornalley of Astral Drive has picked up some of the best bits of “Runt’s” studio magic.