The original Modern Lovers were not together very long. In fact, they did not remain intact long enough to see the release of their first album, the absolute classic LP The Modern Lovers. Recorded in 1972 and released in 1976, the album was wayyy ahead of it’s time, influencing punk, post-punk and new wave. Hell, it even sounds remarkably fresh today.
After the dissolution of the band n ’74, Jonathan Richman took the name, and like Chrissie Hynde with The Pretenders, tacked it onto every ad hoc band he played with thereafter, hence, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers. Completely different in both tone and appraoch, this newfangled version of the Lovers is not without merit, but must be judged on a different scale and as a completely different outfit. To do so otherwise, to the uninformed fan of the Modern Lovers debut, could (and likely would) lead to a rather confusing disappointment.
Such is the case with 1977s Rock ‘n’ Roll With the Modern Lovers. Here Richman and band work up an album full of acoustic folk-based aural oddities. Whimsical, childlike, silly – all adjectives long attached to Richman’s lyrical, er, style, can be found here.
MP3: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers :: Dodge Veg-O-Matic
MP3: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers :: Roller Coaster By The Sea
Amazon: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Rock ‘n’ Roll With The Modern Lovers