The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

Radio on…
Recorded in 1972 and released in 1976, actually released after Jonathan Richman’s second album, the confusingly named Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. This album could have been released last week, talk about fresh. This is easily my favourite Johnny Richman album, although, worryingly, I have spent many sleepless nights wondering if Pablo Picasso was indeed ever referred to as an arsehole (I’m sorry, the US vernacular never sounds right, and I must default to the UK word, even though I think arse is more offensive than ass).
Roadrunner, his Bostonized version of Sister Ray, which was, in turn, their New Yorkized version of Chuck Berry, is fantastic.
Micro review; If the Velvets had been from Boston…
Micro review two; Seminal, I just wanted to use that word, but it really is.
Hidden gem; Astral Plane, listen to Jerry Harrison’s one handed organ playing, it is happening, man.

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