Why was 1980s alternative rock more commercial sounding in Britain than America?

I've heard a number of American alternative albums from 30years ago such as Candy Apple Grey by Husker Du and the first Dinosaur Jr album that sound a little like something that you might find from the early 90s. Then with the equivelant British music, although perhaps slightly better performed and mixed, if almost always has more reverb and the members usually dress in a more dated way (for example, Psycadelic Furs, The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen). Why was this? Is it that the American style got popular later, were the pedals on the market different in the two countries, or did the producers of each nation have different ambitions for how music should sound?

And what are some 80s British bands which sound closer to the two American examples? I can't think of any, which makes me wonder if there were some...

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