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Encyclopedia > Jonathan Richman
Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman Live
Background information
Born May 16, 1951 (1951-05-16) (age 56)
Origin Natick, Massachusetts
Genre(s) Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Years active 1971 – present

Jonathan Richman (born 16 May 1951) is an American proto-punk musician. He is known for his wide-eyed, near-childlike lyrical outlook, and music that, while rooted in 1950s rock and roll structures, can be wildly eclectic. Download high resolution version (635x950, 86 KB)photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran Jonathan Richman File links The following pages link to this file: Jonathan Richman Categories: GFDL images ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Natick Common, Halloween 2004 Natick (IPA Pronounciation ) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Protopunk is a term used to describe a number of performers who were important precursors of punk rock, or who have been cited by early punk rockers as influential. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...

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Biography

Born in Natick, Massachusetts, Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s. Richman became infatuated with the Velvet Underground, and in 1969 he moved to New York City, living on the couch of their manager, Steve Sesnick, while working odd jobs and trying to break in as a professional musician. Failing at this, he returned to Boston. Natick Common, Halloween 2004 Natick (IPA Pronounciation ) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... This article is about the rock band. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Steven Sesnick was the manager for The Velvet Underground after they fired Andy Warhol. ... Boston redirects here. ...

In the Greater Boston area he formed The Modern Lovers, a proto-punk garage rock band. Other notable members of the group were keyboard player Jerry Harrison and drummer David Robinson, who later joined Talking Heads and The Cars, respectively. In 1972 they recorded a series of demos with producer John Cale (formerly of Velvet Underground). Image File history File links Richman. ... Greater Boston is the area of the U.S. state of Massachusetts closely surrounding the city of Boston. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Protopunk is a term used to describe a number of performers who were important precursors of punk rock, or who have been cited by early punk rockers as influential. ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that was first popular in the United States and Canada from about 1963 to 1967. ... Jerry Harrison (born February 21, 1949) was the keyboardist and guitarist for the influential New Wave group Talking Heads. ... David Robinson (born April 2, 1953) was a drummer for the Massachusetts bands The Modern Lovers and The Cars. ... Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... Not to be confused with J.J. Cale. ... The Velvet Underground and Nico (from left to right: John Cale, Nico, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker) The Velvet Underground (Affectionately known as The Velvets, or V.U. for short) was an American rock and roll band of the late 1960s. ...


Among these songs were the seminal "Roadrunner" and "Pablo Picasso" which were eventually released on the group's postbreak-up album, Modern Lovers (1976). The album was unique for its time, featuring Velvets-influenced basic three-chord rock ("Roadrunner" - based on just two chords - is a clear homage to "Sister Ray") at a time when glam and progressive rock were the norm. Roadrunner is a song written by Jonathan Richman and recorded in various versions by Richman and his band, in most cases credited as The Modern Lovers. ... Pablo Picasso is a song written by Jonathan Richman for his proto punk group The Modern Lovers. ... This article is about the song. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a style of rock and pop music, which initially surfaced in the post-hippie early 1970s. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ...


Later in 1972 the group also recorded with producer Kim Fowley; these demos were eventually released in 1981 as The Original Modern Lovers. Despite their continued success as a live act, the Modern Lovers had a difficult time securing a record deal. By late 1973, Richman wanted to scrap the recorded tracks and start over with a mellower, more lyrical sound, influenced by the laid-back local music he had heard when the band had a residency at the Inverurie Hotel in Bermuda earlier in the year. This stymied efforts to complete a debut album, and led to the breakup of the original Modern Lovers in February 1974. Kim Fowley (born 1942) is an American pop and rock singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for helping record the 1966 novelty record Theyre Coming to Take me Away, Ha Ha, recorded by Jerry Samuels under the name of Napoleon XIV. The B-side consisted of the A...


In 1975, Richman moved to California to record as a solo singer/songwriter with Beserkley Records. His first released recordings appeared on 1975's Beserkley Chartbusters compilation, where he was backed by members of Earth Quake and the Rubinoos; these four songs also appeared on singles on the independent Beserkley label. Beserkley Records was an independent record label based in Berkeley, California. ...


In early 1976, Richman put together a new version of the Modern Lovers, but all the members were different. The new incarnation were essentially his backing band, and were billed as Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. The albums produced by the new group found Jonathan turning away from electric rock music towards gentler acoustic textures, with a strong rooting in 50s rock and roll (Chuck Berry's "Back in the USA" was part of his repertoire at this time), while his lyrical focus became more self-consciously childlike and naive. The album, Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, was released in January 1977, Rock and Roll with the Modern Lovers followed a month later, and Modern Lovers Live in 1978. Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born 18 October 1926, St. ...


In Great Britain, Richman was recognised as a progenitor of the punk rock scene, and several of his singles became hits - "Roadrunner" reached #11 in the UK pop charts, and its follow-up, the instrumental "Egyptian Reggae", made #5 in late 1977. "Egyptian Reggae" was a version of Jamaican musician Earl Zero's reggae song "None Shall Escape the Judgment"; Zero was credited as co-writer on Richman's later versions of the track.[1][2] Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...


1979's Back in Your Life was released under the "Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers" moniker, but only about half the disc featured a backup band — the rest was solo work. This album was probably the most extreme detour by Richman into eclecticism; after the traditional acoustic rock of the previous albums, this one's solo tracks showed off a string bass and glockenspiel as main instruments. Most orchestral glockenspiels are mounted in a case. ...


Richman went on sabbatical for a few years staying in Belfast, Maine and playing at a local diner called Barb's Place. He returned in 1983 with Jonathan Sings!'. This was followed up with a series of pop efforts (Rockin' and Romance, It's Time for Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, and Modern Lovers 88 from 1985, 1986 and 1988 respectively). After the latter release, the "Modern Lovers" moniker was finally retired, and having begun a true "solo" career, he returned to swooping madly around the musical landscape: country music with 1990's Jonathan Goes Country, and Spanish translations of his earlier work (as well as traditional Spanish songs) with Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar! (1993) Location of city of Belfast in state of Maine Belfast is a city in Waldo County, Maine, in the United States. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ...


Always possessing an ardent cult following, Richman has become better known in recent years thanks to a series of appearances on fan Conan O'Brien's show; also helping was a major part in the 1998 film, There's Something About Mary, where he played half of a two-man Greek chorus that commented on the plot while performing in the framed action itself - Jonathon is shot at the end of the movie. (He also appeared in a previous Farrelly Brothers film, Kingpin.) This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and television personality best known as host of NBCs late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Theres Something About Mary is an American film released in 1998 by 20th Century Fox, directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly (the Farrelly brothers). ... The Greek chorus (choros) is believed to have grown out of the Greek dithyrambs and tragikon drama in tragic plays of the ancient Greek theatre. ... The Farrelly brothers, Peter (b. ... Kingpin is a 1996 Farrelly brothers film starring Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel, and Randy Quaid. ...


He has continued his release schedule all along, with You Must Ask the Heart (1995), Surrender to Jonathan (1996), I'm So Confused (1998), Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow (2001), and Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love (2004). In 1998 a live album of Modern Lovers recordings from the early 1970s was released, Live at the Long Branch & More. There is also a DVD of a live performance Take me to the Plaza (2002). DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


A tribute album, If I Were a Richman: a Tribute to the Music of Jonathan Richman, was released by Wampus Multimedia in 2001. In live 'solo' shows, he frequently tours with drummer Tommy Larkins, the other part of the two-man chorus mentioned above. Richman makes use of the flexibility allowed by the two-man format to keep his shows loose and spontaneous, frequently punctuating his songs with extemporaneous ruminations on life and love, on-the-spot transpositions of songs into any of five languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian and Hebrew), and unaccompanied dancing. Wampus Multimedia is an American record label founded in 2001 by artist and producer Mark Doyon. ...


Influence

Richman's work with the first incarnation of Modern Lovers is a major influence on punk rock. Artists as diverse as the Sex Pistols and Joan Jett have covered "Roadrunner". Simple Minds' early work contains a track called "Pablo Picasso" with similar chorus lyrics. A version of "Pablo Picasso" performed by Burning Sensations was included in the 1984 cult film, Repo Man. David Bowie covered "Pablo Picasso" on his album Reality. Velvet Underground founder member John Cale has a version of the song on his 1975 album, Helen of Troy, and continues to include the song in his live shows. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... Simple Minds is a rock band from Scotland, which had its greatest worldwide popularity from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s. ... Burning Sensations was a short-lived Los Angeles area rock band. ... For other uses, see Repo Man (disambiguation). ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Reality is an album by David Bowie, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... The Velvet Underground and Nico (from left to right: John Cale, Nico, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker) The Velvet Underground (Affectionately known as The Velvets, or V.U. for short) was an American rock and roll band of the late 1960s. ... Not to be confused with J.J. Cale. ... Helen of Troy is an album by John Cale, the last of three albums for Island Records. ...


Richman's music has set the tone for many quirky college rock acts like Violent Femmes, They Might Be Giants ("Roadrunner" reportedly inspired John Flansburgh to become a musician), Weezer, Tullycraft, singer Frank Black (who composed the tribute song "The Man Who Was Too Loud"), Art Brut, and Nerf Herder who composed a song about him, titled "Jonathan". It appeared on the band's second album How To Meet Girls. College rock was a term used in the USA to describe 1980s alternative rock before the term alternative came into common usage. ... This article is about the band. ... This article is about the musical group. ... John Conant Flansburgh (born May 6, 1960) is an actor and musician from Brooklyn, New York (though born and raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts). ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... Disenchanted Hearts Unite Album Cover Tullycraft is an American twee pop band formed by the members of two now defunct bands, Crayon and Wimp Factor 14. ... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... Art Brut are an English indie rock band. ... Nerf Herder is a pop-punk band from Santa Barbara formed in 1994 by Parry Gripp (vocals, guitar), Charlie Dennis (bass) and Steve Sherlock (drums). ... Released in 2000 on Honest Dons records, How To Meet Girls is the follow up to Nerf Herders self-titled release. ...


"Roadrunner" is on the soundtrack of School of Rock. In the commentary, director Richard Linklater mentions it is often called "the first punk song" and wanted to include it for that reason, along with all the other seminal rock songs in that film. For other uses, see School of Rock (disambiguation). ...


Richman has also been called the "Godfather of Punk". [3]


Discography

The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers is a 1976 album by The Modern Lovers. ...

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

  • Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (1976)
  • Rock 'n' Roll with the Modern Lovers (1977)
  • Modern Lovers 'Live' (1978)
  • Back in Your Life (late 1978, or 1979)
  • Jonathan Sings! (1983)
  • Rockin' and Romance (1985)
  • It's Time For (1986)
  • Modern Lovers 88 (1988)

Jonathan Richman

  • Beserkely Chartbusters (Compilation, 4 songs) (1975)
  • Jonathan Richman (1989)
  • Jonathan Goes Country (1990)
  • Having a Party with Jonathan Richman (1991)
  • I, Jonathan (1992)
  • ¡Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar! (1994)
  • You Must Ask the Heart (1995)
  • Surrender to Jonathan (1996)
  • I'm So Confused (1998)
  • Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow (2001)
  • Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love (2004)

Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love is an album by Jonathan Richman, released in 2004. ...

Compilations & live albums

  • "I'm Straight" and "Government Center", from the Modern Lovers' Kim Fowley-produced Beserkley sessions, first appeared on the Warner Bros. Records compilation, Troublemakers (1980)
  • "Our Dog Is Getting Older Now"; on the charity album Colours Are Brighter (October 2006)
  • "I Like Gumby"; On the Gumby compilation album - Jonathan Richman
  • performs "Stop Your Sobbing" on the 2002 Kinks tribute album This Is Where I Belong.
  • Live at the Longbranch Saloon (1992)
  • Precise Modern Lovers Order (1994)
  • Live at the Longbranch and More (1998)

(These three live albums are from the same three 1971-3 performances, but add and subtract a few different songs. The last two, combined, contain all the songs). Warner Bros. ... A charity record (also known as a charity single) is a release of a song for a specific charitable cause. ... Colours Are Brighter is a charity record scheduled to be released on Rough Trade Records on October 16, 2006. ... The Kinks, a British Invasion pop/rock band, were formed in London in 1963 by Dave Davies and Peter Quaife. ...


Links

  • Tim Mitchell, There's Something About Jonathan, London: Peter Owen Publishers, 1999, ISBN 0-7206-1076-1

References

  1. ^ http://www.originals.be/eng/main.cfm?c=t_new_show&id=8639
  2. ^ http://www.bloodandfire.co.uk/db/viewtopic.php?p=126185&sid=5a89b91624e3b6f1a614ced7ae9571e3
  3. ^ "Brilliant Careers: Jonathan Richman", Salon, September 4, 2001.

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Encyclopedia4U - Jonathan Richman - Encyclopedia Article (650 words)
Jonathan Richman (born May 15, 1951) is an American proto-punk icon and one of the progenitors of "indie rock."
This album was probably the most extreme detour by Richman into eclecticism; after the odd but traditional acoustic rock of the previous albums, this one's solo tracks showed off a string bass and glockenspiel as main instruments.
Richman has been influential in two fields, first affecting American Punk with the work he did in the first incarnation of the Modern Lovers—compare his vocal style with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, for example.
Jonathan Richman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (698 words)
Born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, Jonathan Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s.
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Richman has been influential in two fields, first affecting American Punk with the work he did in the first incarnation of the Modern Lovers.
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