Saturday, August 09, 2008

A Dose of Richman (Will Bring Back the Child in You)

A Dose of Richman (Will Bring Back the Child in You)
by Pasha

Hello everyone! I’m back! I can hear the Manager rant, “Finally! He decides to show up!” (teehee). Well, I’m back to bring you musical pleasure so that you may achieve what I call “eargasm”. This time I would like to do something different. Usually I bring forward an assortment of music from different artists. Well now I would like to play songs from just one artist. He’s not just some artist, he’s a pioneer of punk rock but his version of punk is different from the likes of Sex Pistol, the Clash, or even Television, and the reason I really like his music is because it’s FUN! And I’m sure little Alfie, Rara, and Laksmi would also enjoy his music because it’s humorous, lively, naïve…and FUN! Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you Jonathan Richman!

Here’s a song to start of entitled “I’m A Little Airplane Now”, the kids will love this one. Exciting huh? Brings you back to the days when you were in kindergarten right? Now more on Richman, he’s a native of Natick, MA and was and is still an important element in the Boston music scene. Even though he now resides in California, He still finds the time to cheer the Redsox. Next up is another track the children would also enjoy, “I’m A Little Dinosaur”. Now, where’s that little dinosaur? In mid 70s Richman formed the Modern Lovers in Boston and released a milestone album “The Modern Lovers” with great songs such as “Roadrunner” and “Pablo Picasso”, but I’m not going to play them. If you ask me, “The Modern Lovers” while it’s a great album but you don’t get the whole Richman persona, try “Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers Live 1977”, now THAT is a GREAT record. “Roadrunner” is then covered by the Sex Pistols and David Bowie then put out his own rendition of “Pablo Picasso”. Richman lyrical style is funny, honest, and philosophical and yet naïve and the same time. His song “Affection” is one example.

The Modern Lovers soon after broke up, keyboardist Jerry Harrison then left to join the legendary Talking Heads. Richman then assemble another formation of the Modern Lovers but soon after began switching to a solo act. Here’s another fun song, “Rollercoaster by the Sea”. Now after having a rollercoaster ride, wouldn’t be great to have an ice cream? But where’s the ice cream man? Oh here he is.

Have you ever seen the movie “There’s Something About Mary?” Of course all of you have or at least most of you. Remember there were two guys narrating the story in the movie, one guy with a guitar and the other with a drum kit? Well, the guy with the guitar is Richman. You know, the one who got shot at the end of the movie. Here’s an example of Richman’s comedic antics entitled “I Was Dancing in A Lesbian Bar”, This song is hilarious! Really! I really like the part where he sings “…in the first bar/things are stop and stare/in this bar/things are laissez-faire”, it’s a gag!

I save the best for last. This song is my favorite of all Richman’s catalog. This always help brings the best in you whenever you were down. It’s beautifully written, this one is truly a masterpiece. This is “Morning of Our Lives”. Goodnight…

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