Tom Waits is one of the most unusual American singer-songwriters. His debut album showcases what was to come.
In 1978, Billy Joel released an album that yielded some radio-friendly hits but some under-the-radar treasures worth another listen.
“Pump It Up” and “Lipstick Vogue” reveal Elvis Costello’s songwriting skills had reached a higher level. His then-new band, The Attractions, also helped kick it up a few notches.