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Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by Mr Bear » Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:49 pm

Right now I can't think that there's a much better song than 'I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar'.

What say you?

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Post by Mr Bear » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:23 pm

I have no idea what you're talking about. No offence, like.

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Post by aorta » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:40 pm

PandaBear wrote:I have no idea what you're talking about. No offence, like.
Milky Wimpshake did a medley of Daniel Johnston's 'True Love Will Find You In The End' and Jonathan Richman's 'Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste' called 'True Love / Youth'.
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Post by Mr Bear » Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:25 pm

The new Jonathan Richman album is amazing! Amazing! The last song, 'As My Mother Lay Lying' is pretty much the most moving song I've ever heard. Real goosebump inducing stuff.

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Post by sinus supremus » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:48 am

Can someone up Jonthan Richman songs they think are a good place to start?

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Post by andyroo » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:29 am

Well, "Road Runner" of course. But basically, I reckon just about anything would get you hooked. Then again I'm massively biased.

Panda... see that song you're referring to there, I love how he takes subjects like that one, which most songwriters wouldn't touch with a bargepole, and still manages to make them sound sincere and not yucky.

Richman is teh ace.
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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by Mr Bear » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:21 pm

It's fantastic, isn't it. I put it on a jukebox in Manchester a few weeks ago and it sounded awesome, particularly at the point where it goes into Sister Ray.

I think there are a decent number of full songs on lastfm, but as I can't get on there from work I don't know for sure. I guess there are songs under Jonathan Richman, The Modern Lovers AND Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. How confusing.

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Post by indiansummer » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:46 pm

sinus supremus wrote:Can someone up Jonthan Richman songs they think are a good place to start?
You can't go wrong with the first two Modern Lovers albums - Roadrunner, Pablo Picasso, New England ... it's all good. After that pretty much anything is a lot of fun - although you'll notice that at some point in the 80s/90s he finally seemed to get over his multiple-decade-spanning cold and learned how to sing, so the sound's a bit different.
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Post by tonieee » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:21 pm

I think every single thing that has come out of Jonathan Richman is absolutely wonderful in everyway. I cannot help having the biggest smile on my face whenever I hear or see him.

The first song I heard by him was the live version of "Morning of our Lives" and I instantly fell in love with him. It is still one of my favourites.

I often think "Monologue about Bermuda" would be a good introduction cos it's got an ace story about why the early punky Jonathan became the later mellow Jonathan.

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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by Rocker » Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:33 pm

"The Modern Lovers" - absolute classic debut LP - Side 2 opens with "She Cracked" which I can't believe no-one has bigged up! Also includes Roadrunner, Astral Plane, Pablo Picasso, as well as "Hospital" (which includes the lyric "I'll take the subway to your suburb one day") - & if you MUST buy it on CD, then get the reissued version with the classic version of "Government Center", as covered by Horowitz in their recent Dandelion Radio session!

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Post by philjunebride » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:26 pm

Jonathan is a grade 1, total genius. A friend once gave me Jonathan's address and telphone number and suggested I drop in to see him. Absolutely no way could I even think about talking to him face to face! I would have jibbered :-). Here's some favourite Jonathan tunes off the top of my head:

That Summer Feeling
Astral Plane
Dodge Vedge-O-Matic
I was Dancing in the lesbian bar.
New England
Fender Stratocaster
Roadrunner (obvious, of course)
Pablo Picasso
You're Crazy for taking the bus
Monologue about Bermuda
Summer Morning
She Cracked

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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:02 am

The whole of I, Jonathan (which contains the aforementioned Velvet Underground and I Was Dancing...) is free to listen to on lastfm.

As is (some of) the first Modern Lovers album. Shame Astral Plane, Old World and Modern World aren't available to play, as those are three of my favourites.

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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by knibbles » Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:59 am

If you don't mind rubbish quality, all those songs are on youtube in various guises, if you want to just have a listen and see what you like. The Astral Plane one is set to a man doing hipster dancing.



I've been listening to Jonathan Richman lots recently for the first time properly really and I love him.
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Post by andyroo » Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:22 pm

PandaBear wrote:It's fantastic, isn't it. I put it on a jukebox in Manchester a few weeks ago and it sounded awesome, particularly at the point where it goes into Sister Ray.
I like what you did there. Partly because the song actually has the word "jukebox" in it. Rock AND roll.

It's just aceness and aceness. "Like the heat's turned off and you're low on food", "biker boys meet the college kind", "played less notes and left more space"... so many great throwaway lines. Hurrah for Jonathan.

23 Great Recordings has this bloody brilliant live version of "Ice Cream Man" where he reprises it about twenty times, he just can't stop, and the audience are going more and more nuts every time. Sensational, it is.
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Post by tonieee » Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:28 pm

andyroo wrote:23 Great Recordings has this bloody brilliant live version of "Ice Cream Man" where he reprises it about twenty times, he just can't stop, and the audience are going more and more nuts every time. Sensational, it is.
It's from Modern Lovers Live which has an even longer version of it. The whole album is fab but especially that song, Morning Of Our Lives (which I think is on 23 Great Recordings too) and I'm A Little Dinosaur.

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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by theverymost » Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:44 am

The album Rockin' and Romance is his best. It may be the only album where someone repeatedly uses the word "bum" to mean "butt." So cute.

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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by Rocker » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:38 pm

theverymost wrote:It may be the only album where someone repeatedly uses the word "bum" to mean "butt." So cute.
That's a Brit thing! (dunno how JR picked it up, tho!)
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Re: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)

Post by islandhopper » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:12 pm

tonieee wrote:
andyroo wrote:23 Great Recordings has this bloody brilliant live version of "Ice Cream Man" where he reprises it about twenty times, he just can't stop, and the audience are going more and more nuts every time. Sensational, it is.
It's from Modern Lovers Live which has an even longer version of it. The whole album is fab but especially that song, Morning Of Our Lives (which I think is on 23 Great Recordings too) and I'm A Little Dinosaur.
It's brilliant! He sounds like he's really enjoying himself even if it is a little pre-planned. How long is the longest version? I have one at 7m 30s.

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