Huey Lewis & The News
Label: Capitol Records
Let's not get carried away by slapping the "punk" tag on Huey Lewis and The News' 1980 debut. That said, its punchy rhythms, streamlined riffs, agitated pace and overall pop-addict glee are way more English new wave than bloated American arena rock. In the mid-1970s, while still fronting the now-forgotten Clover, Lewis spent a little time in England, hanging with Nick Lowe. The pub-rock icon's skinny-tie influence permeates numerous tracks, particularly the likable "Now Here's You" and "Trouble in Paradise." Lewis, on both cuts, even mimics Lowe's signature phrasing.