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17.5.14

The Modern Lovers - The Original Modern Lovers


Road Runner
She Cracked
Astral Plain
I'm Straight
Walk Up The Street
I Wanna Sleep in your Arms
Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste
Dance With Me
Girlfren
Road Runner

Produced by
KIM FOWLEY.



one two three four five six
Roadrunner roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
gonna drive past the Stop 'N' Shop
With the Radio on


3 commentaires:

Marius Perlimpinpin a dit…

One of the six John Cale produced "demos" from the combination of tapes which are the first Modern Lovers album, "She Cracked" is the stuff Velvet Underground fans' dreams are made of. It is Jonathan Richman mutating the as-yet unreleased Velvets tune, "Foggy Notion", merging it with a bit of Lou Reed's "Sister Ray" vocal style (these vocals louder and easier to understand than Lou's) while bringing the tempo up and adding lyrics that make sense probably only to the singer. He sings these words which tumble forth with such authority that one gets the idea it empowered him to venture forth into the world of Ice Cream Men and nursery rhymes, an obsession which frustrated the faithful to no end.
Richman calls himself "almost as good as Dick Tracy" in chronichling a timeline for this music in his liner notes to Bomp's The Original Modern Lovers, though it is the appreciative who take a song like this and evaluate it's expressive originality more than the time and place from which it emerged. Piecing together the sounds generated by the early Modern Lovers is more fun than listening to latter day groups who need computers to expand their already limited scope. If Jonathan's attitude imploded the group, it is that same attitude which makes these performances of "She Cracked" fun and endearing decades after their creation. The Kim Fowley Los Angeles tapes featuring this song (from the Fall of 1973) are a doorway to view that Velvet Underground influenced feel . Jonathan wanted the level of the "radio interference and dial-switching", as he called it, down in the mix. It works pretty cool on that particular tape while the Cale take on it has more of what FM radio could embrace in its rock and roll infancy. Years later the two productions of this interesting observation of what she did and what he won't do both stand the test of time. The Fowley supervised garage tapes an interesting blend of the Yule softer Velvet Underground group with the hard edged organ from the days when that band featured John Cale. "It's all horizontal" Richman calls out, and whether he likes it or not if The Velvet Underground was the rock messiah, this material was certainly the acts of the Apostle. As such, "She Cracked" is highly listenable and valuable to those who like trying to figure Jonathan out in a more traditional basement band setting.

Joe Fracas a dit…

Oh la! j'avais déjà proposé ce disque numérisé d'un vinyl sur l'ancien blog: incontournable, indispensable! Ruez-vous dessus!

Everett W. Gilles a dit…

Yepa !
Roadrunner Once, Roadrunner Twice, I'm in love with rock'n'roll ...