In the eighties, one of my favorite finds was Graham Parker and The Rumour. I loved Stranded on the Devil’s Sidewalk because I felt like I had been there. Some musicians made me feel like they were talking to me, and Graham Parker was one of them.
Years later I was listening to him and thought, “Wait a minute. He sounds just like Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. I liked all of them and figured they were all copying Elvis since he was the biggest. Turns out Parker was first with that sound.
Anyway, the albums I purchased back then were Squeezing out Sparks, Up the Escalator, and Stick to Me. I’m selling Up the Escalator on Discogs. I’ll put the others up soon.