Graham Parker : Between You and Me
In which the angry young Van, whose attitude would inspire Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and every self -named punk in the UK and beyond, takes a few minutes to sing a beautiful song apparently about a fading love. Produced by Nick Lowe and backed by veterans of the pub rock scene, Graham Parker's debut would deservedly win massive critical acclaim. Add up The Village Voice Pazz and Jop critics poll points for this and Heat Treatment, also released in 1976, and Parker would have been beat Stevie Wonder for album of the year! Howlin Wind remains my favorite Graham Parker album even after all these years.