There was once a band that did more to bridge the gap between the old Memphis rockabilly sound and that of the new wave period, than any other I can think of. Just think of it as a Memphis meets British invasion genre and you have this unique flavor figured out.
The nerve center of this band were two guys from the UK, Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. The band was called Rockpile. If you liked that crazy Carl Perkins sound, it's hard not to tap your foot to this stuff. This was (and in many ways, still is) the very essence of the purest form of Rock and Roll.
This first cut has Edmunds singing sans Lowe and it was written by Elvis Costello. It's called Girls Talk:
Next is a tune that features Lowe singing and playing, without Edmunds (although he did appear with him on the studio cut of this song). Here is Cruel To Be Kind:
This one has both of the guys in it. Here is a dedication to teachers (both past and present) everywhere. No, I am not necessarily thinking of Mustang here, but more like my "fresh out of college" high school junior English teacher, Miss Vogel (she was an old Ohio State cheerleader, you know -wow). Here is Teacher, Teacher:
And finally, as if these first three tunes were not catchy enough, here is one that really rocks, Switchboard Susan: