Any discussion regarding albums and artists, who were ahead of the game, in terms of influencing upcoming musical movements, must include The Modern Lovers debut LP. This is the precursor to punk — absolutely essential listening.
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.
Without a doubt The Modern Lovers are the missing piece between the Lou Reed helmed The Velvet Underground and The Ramones. Jonathan Richman’s vocal inflection, the band’s style, and overall garage rock simplicity/brilliance mapped out the trends that would take hold the latter half of the decade.
Sanctuary Records is reissuing the LP (stateside) complete with eight bonus tracks. Do realize though that this exact ‘updated’ version has been previously available for a good while if you knew where to look (I personally bought a copy at Amoeba), but only via import prices. If you somehow missed this classic, now is a great time to get hip.
Previously: Rock ‘n’ Roll With The Modern Lovers :: 1977