The Modern Lovers
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This remastered-reissue from 2003 comes with the original nine-track album made by a line-up that included future Talking Head Jerry Harrison and eight-bonus tracks that take in demo-alt-versions of these tracks and several other related songs. The organ-drones, like those of Silver Apples, predict bands like Spacemen 3 and Suicide- the demo-version of 'Someone I Care About' could fit on 'Playing with Fire' (well, perhaps with less chemical-experimentation from Spacemen 3!) The Modern Lovers are very much the missing link between The Velvets and The Voidoids, as the taglines often say & also are part of the U.S. proto-punk set that included Television, New York Dolls, Rocket from the Tombs, Pere Ubu & Kim Fowley.
Jonathan Richman- who probably found his widest audience ever popping up in 'There's Something About Mary' - wrote the songs here (excepting bonus-track I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms, which appears to either quote an Iggy Pop song, or was written with Mr Pop himself; it sounds like a more interesting Ramones!).Read more ›
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.
However, the purpose of this review is to warn you to be aware (as I wasn't) that the track listing of this version is not as shown above; it includes only Tracks 1-9 of those shown, and therefore excludes a number of essential songs from the album.
There is another version with a blue cover that's listed on Amazon UK as being by Jonathan Richman (rather than Modern Lovers) and includes most of the extra tracks that aren't on this version.
So, now you know, you pays your money and you takes your choice. Personally, I would have spent a couple of quid more for the other version if I had known. (sigh...)
EDIT: The track listing shown here has now been modified to reflect my comments above, so that's a good thing. Just a bit late for me...!
Of course, Messrs. Reed and Osterberg themselves were moving on a similar trajectory at about the same time, but if you listen to the likes of She Cracked, Someone I Care About, Modern World and I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms, the origins of Richman's influences are pretty clear (at times Richman's guitar and vocals, and Jerry Harrsion's keyboards are almost indistinguishable from the Velvets' sound) as is the direction in which he would cast greatest influence (bands such as The Damned, Sex Pistols, Subway Sect, Orange Juice, etc). However, what this collection of songs also shows is that, in addition to the band's more notorious 'straight-ahead' songs such as Roadrunner, Astral Plane and Modern World, and the bizarre (and hilarious) quirkiness of Pablo Picasso, Richman was equally adept at the heartfelt (albeit still somewhat unconventional) ballad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this album in 1977 after Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers’ two consecutive big UK hits, Roadrunner and Egyptian Reggae. Read morePublished 6 months ago by timothy mason
I love this old album, which apparently I've bought three times over 40 years. Naïve, driving, proselytising and touching in equal parts, Jonathan Richman's unique world view... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jim Marshall
Couple of good numbers, not quite as much fun as I remembered. I'm only putting these few words up here because I got one of those emails, otherwise I'd mostly forgotten I'd bought... Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. Owens
A fantastic album in the Velvet Underground mode - Jonathan had definitely been listening well, and Pablo Picasso takes things even further.Published 22 months ago by Tim Garrod
As any of those of you who are reading this review are aware, buying a 12' piece of plastic represents much more than buying the music. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2014 by fishyhoops
The first 5 tracks on this CD are fantastic. With the keyboards pumped up and in the front of the mix this is total balls out rock, superbly complimented by the guitar and bass. Read morePublished on 5 April 2013 by MWC62