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Joe Jackson’s Rain underscored a complete modern-era return to form

Joe Jackson’s Rain underscored a complete modern-era return to form

Released 10 years ago this month, ‘Rain’ confirmed that it was time to start paying attention to Joe Jackson again.

Gary Numan – Telekon (1980): On Second Thought

Gary Numan – Telekon (1980): On Second Thought

While ‘Telekon’ went on to inspire many new wave synth-pop artists during the ’80s, Gary Numan’s time in the spotlight wouldn’t last long.

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones produced outstanding songs, but they unfortunately never netted enough sales to acquire widespread notice, remaining a cult favorite.

The Cure, May 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Cure, May 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Cure frontman Robert Smith’s uncanny way of putting words to music, making the sum of the two something more than its parts, remains unparalleled.

Speed the Plough – Now (2015)

Speed the Plough – Now (2015)

Juggling pop rocking finesse with experimental episodes, Speed the Plough is still mixing and mashing genres. Democracy remains the key word on ‘Now.’

Talking Heads, “Crosseyed and Painless” from Remain in Light (1980): One Track Mind

Talking Heads, “Crosseyed and Painless” from Remain in Light (1980): One Track Mind

“Crosseyed and Painless,” released as part of ‘Remain in Light’ on Oct. 8, 1980, got at something deeper about the ’80s – and the Talking Heads.

Talking Heads’ Fear of Music opened up a world of art and sound for me

Talking Heads’ Fear of Music opened up a world of art and sound for me

When the Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music,’ released on Aug. 3, 1979, came wiggling out of my speakers, it was obvious I was onto something different.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14:  Musicians (L-R) Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince pose at a press conference to announce an upcomming tour and performance by "The New Cars" at the House of Blues on March 14, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Todd Rundgren jumpstarted the New Cars’ surprisingly fun It’s Alive

The New Cars, who released their lone album on June 6, 2006, made a canny choice in replacing Ric Ocasek with the multi-talented Todd Rundgren.

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

I had trouble coming to terms with ‘Wish,’ released this week in 1992. It felt like a return to form for the Cure, but not the form I wanted.

Violent Femmes, “Love Love Love Love Love” (2015): One Track Mind

Violent Femmes, “Love Love Love Love Love” (2015): One Track Mind

An unexpected Violent Femmes reunion a few years ago didn’t seem to produce anything in the way of new music. At least, until now.

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