Now all fans of the Lovers and Jonathan Richman can breathe a sigh of relief- the ultimate document of the original band is available. For those that don't know, the Modern Lovers, arguably kick-started the American punk movement, recording a long deleted album much coveted by the Ramones, the Talking Heads and Television. The album with it's basic guitar, bass, drums and farfisa organ sound, stood out from the crowd of other poxy music produced at the time- rocking the New York underground, and still stands out today- witness the sound ripped off wholesale by the Strokes!
The quality of Richman's writing, of course bolstered by suitably caveman music, even at this early stage in his career, confirms that he is one of the greatest treasures in the world of rock and roll. Those of us who follow Richman will all, no doubt, be hugely excited by this timely re-release, not least due to the generous unreleased-track package.
Lets hope that, with its wider release, this wonderful album can now take up its rightful place in amongst the landmarks of rock and roll: as the true start of punk.