Label: Mercury Records
Rush became an arena-rock staple in the 1970s, but the Canadian power trio reached entirely new commercial heights in the early 1980s when they started tinkering with, ironically enough, ideas nicked from new wave. Apparently, they were grooving hard to The Police before entering the studio and cranking-out Moving Pictures, an album many fans consider their best. The young upstarts' influence can be felt in Rush's complex ensemble interplay, which has gone from bombastic and muscular to wiry and tight. The record's centerpiece is "Tom Sawyer," of course. But the entire set is straight-up aces.