Thursday, March 9
The Modern Lovers by Sean L. Maloney from Bloomsbury 33 1/3 series was published in February 2017:
Author Sean L. Maloney on The Charles Rivers Show's podcast:
Interview with Sean L. Maloney by Nina Corcoran in DigBoston
Wednesday, March 8
Sweet new 7" from Jonathan's Bandcamp site!
7" vinyl record featuring "That's All We Need At Our Party" b/w "Sad Trumpets Of Afternoon"Check it out: https://jonathanrichman.bandcamp.com/album/thats-all-we-need-at-our-party
Saturday, November 12
Friday, November 11
Monday, October 17
Jonathan has been answering fan questions in the new Rough Trade magazine and here's a gem regarding Gram Parsons:
The whole crazy story about The Modern Lovers playing at a party to pay for the fine levied on Phil Kaufmann for burning Grams coffin (the only crime they could do him for). I'm sure there are lots of people who don't know about it, but how much is true and how much is myth?
Yah, we played at it. When the Modern Lovers were with Warner Bros. Records, the company tried to help us find a manager which they said we needed. Of the ones presented, my vote was for Eddie Ticknor. He already managed Emmy Lou Harris and Gram Parsons. As road manager for both singers, Eddie used Phil Kaufman. Phil had a house in Van Nuys where everyone would hang out and eat chili, including us and especially me who loved to eat stuff and got along great with Eddie, Phil and Gram. I got to know Emmy Lou well enough that if we’re at some big festival together, I still go over and say hello and chat a bit. Gram stayed in this little guesthouse that Phil had out in the back. I’d go out there and me and Gram would play guitar and he’d sing me songs. If he’d lived another six months, he’d probably sung backup on our records or something.
Phil and I have stayed friends from those days ‘til this. I keep in touch and whenever me and Tommy my drummer are in Nashville we try and see Uncle Phil. And if he burns up any more dead guys we’re right there to play.
Oh, if you’ve also read a story about Gram supposedly stepping in to save the Modern Lovers from being harassed at a show by a gang of thugs who somehow were supposed to have gotten into our dressing room, that one didn’t even come close to happening. Total horseshit. That audience had no interest in advancing towards us. They couldn’t wait to be away from us!
Friday, September 30
1979 March, 17 Leeds Polytechnic (UK)
Well now Gail, Gail, Gail She's so nice She's so nice She's so nice I love my pretty Gail even when she gets scared and treats me cold as ice Now Gail, Now Gail, Now don't keep my heart in jail Well now I love Gail She's a wonderful, wonderful girl I love my pretty Gail My favorite gal in the world Well now I aint been to Harvard and I aint been to Yale I love her more each dale, so I cannot fail mmm... I love Gail Well, it's kind of like sister and brother So far in this world I love Gail more than any other Well Gail I'll be your brother until we're old and pale Well I love Gail She's so nice She's so nice She's so nice I love pretty Gail even when she gets scared and treats me cold as ice Now I aint been to Harvard, and I aint been to Yale
Thanks to Paul for sharing!
1979 March, 17 Leeds Polytechnic (UK)
The people who think that I'll grow tired of her are mistaken 'Cause I won't grow tired of her The people who think I'm going to get uninspired by her before long they're mistaken, they'll be shaken How they supposed to know that I've found my one? How could they know that it's just begun? So the people who think that I'll grow tired of her, they're just wrong, they're just mistaken Well there's people who think that I'll lose interest in her Well, they're wrong, they're mistaken People who think that summer will become winter before long They'll be shaken, they're just mistaken How could they know what happened with her and me They don't know we're as he and she She's a mystery now and forever to be So they're wrong, so they're mistaken ditty... Well they don't know that I've found my one and they're wrong, they're mistaken Well there's people who think I'll grow tired of her, well they're wrong because I won't grow tired of her People who think I'll get uninspired by her before long Well they're wrong because I won't get uninspired by her They don't know that I've found my one how could they know that it's only just begun Well, she's like my sister so why should it ever be done? And they're wrong, they're mistaken
Thanks to Paul for sharing!
Monday, August 8
This was sparked by a comment left on a blog post a few months ago.
Back in the mid-70's Jonathan had done a pre-announced radio appearance on either WBCN or WBUR.
A song from this performance stood out to the commenter and he reached out to see if anyone else knew of it.
This song is an ode to Boston in the musical spirit of "Willie and the Hand Jive".
I could see this fitting in on an album like "Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers" which came out roughly two years later in 1976. Kind of like a sister to "Back in the USA" or "New England", as it has a primal, anthemic feel.
There is a mention of this song in the book "There's Something About Jonathan" starting at chapter 4 which I used for most of the information below.
In 1973, the Modern Lovers were busy recording for their tumultuous 1st album and had driven out to California. (This was after the infamous Bermuda trip). Ernie Brooks recalls them feeling very out of place there (too "sophisticated" for the west coast!), especially Jonathan who was not adjusting to the weather well.
I wonder if that is when (and the context by which) Jonathan wrote this song.
They played some shows on this trip, one of them at the Long Branch Saloon (they had played there previously, I'm not referring to this show) with a set-list that still included most of the old "punk" songs, but with a tamer sound.
As an opening song, accompanied only by bass (Ernie Brooks), "Boston, Boston, USA" was performed.
If a copy of this show exists (as the text from the book seems to indicate with it's detail), please let me know!
A few months later, on February 23 1974, back in Boston, at the "Boston Center For The Arts" the song was performed again, this time with a full band accompaniment.
A recording of this show exists but the sound quality is very poor.
To try to share a more audible copy of the song, I made an edited version using the Audacity software.
I increased the volume, and with the "EQ" tool I increased the "highs" a bunch, and slightly lowered the "lows".
Here is the recording: http://icecoldnugrape.com/bostonUsa_mod_1974Feb23BostonCtrForTheArts.mp3
I also tried scribing the lyrics down. It was quite a chore due to the sound quality of the recording!
Here's the best I could do, please comment if you have any corrections!
Well I know a girl from Mattapan
I go up the hills and down again
Well I like to walk up Blue Hill Ave
and run all around with the legs that I have
Ok, what you say, modern dance floor
Boston, USA (oh, yeah, yeah)
I know a girl from Roslindale
Said Boston winters get cold as hell
I love to ride on the MBTA
Gonna run around Boston, USA
All right, here we go now
Boston, USA (oh, one more time)
Well, now, Cleveland Circle, Mattapan
Norwood, Newton, Framingham,
Allston, Saugus, Jamaica Plain
I love Boston USA
(need help with this verse)
I know a girl from Cambridge, Mass
Make good sense from a place like that(?)
I want to fly in the open street (?)
Boston, USA (one more time)