But looking back, I enjoy a lot of his songs for what they were: jaunty pop music with a thin (very thin) veneer of punk attitude. I mean, look at him! Peroxide blonde (a fashionable choice for young punks, c.f. Sting) with a trademark mega-Elvis sneer and a lot more sweat than the circumstances would seem to warrant.
His 1982 video for "Dancing With Myself" was groundbreaking, and everybody knew it. It was the first music video to be directed by a "real" director - Tobe Hooper, who was already famous for directing Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist.