Sunday, May 21

Songs about Jonathan

Some songs are celebrating artists and are interesting as they give a subjective view about a particular singer. For instance, "Alex Chilton" by the Replacements is a true tribute from fans and the fervour of the band towards a man they admire is totally present which contributed to its becoming a classic tune. I have been looking for songs about Mr Richman and to start with here is Nerf Herder. This powerful and not so serious trio formed in 1994 has been using this sort of namedropping as a trademark since their success with a song named "Van Halen". So they did "Courtney Love",


"Pantera fans in love" and they issued a "Jonathan" on an album released in 2000,
"How to meet girls". This is a weird song which mixes references to Modern Lovers songs with paranoid fears to end like Jonathan as if it could be the ultimate trouble. Those lyrics are another piece of existentialism which to me is oozing literally from Jonathan early works.



JONATHAN
Straight out of Boston
To reinvent the modern rock and roll
He put down the cigarette and dropped out of B.U.
Too sensitive for this world
Too sensitive for that girl
He could look right through the Cezans
If he had a girlfriend
A g-i-r-l-f-r-e-n
In the astral plane
Too sensitive for this world
Too sensitive for that girl
Please God don't let me end up like Jonathan Richman
Turn the radio off (x4)
He was never called an asshole
As he would walk past the Fenway
Modern girls modern rock and roll
He's straight you're stoned
Too sensitive for this world
Too sensitive for that girl
Please God don't let me end up like Jonathan Richman
Turn the radio off (x4)
Please God don't let me end up like Jonathan
Please God don't let me end up like Jonathan
Please God don't let me end up being like Jonathan Richman

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