miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2009

Jonathan Richman


¿Has visto There's Something About Mary (Algo pasa con Mary)? ¿Recuerdas al tipo sentado en un árbol al principio de la peli? ¿Y al guitarrista itinerante que sale (malparado) al final?

Pues hablamos de Jonathan Richman.

Jonathan Richman (born 16 May 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 1970 he founded The Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band, but since the mid-1970s has worked either solo or with low-key, generally acoustic backing. He is known for his wide-eyed[1], unaffected and child-like outlook, and music that, while rooted in rock and roll, often draws on influences from around the world.

The Modern Lovers

La primera banda (que yo sepa) de Jonathan Richman fue The Modern Lovers que existió entre el 70 y el 74. Sus grabaciones fueron publicadas algunos años después de su disolución.

En The Modern Lovers, aparte de Jonathan, militaron el batería David Robinson (posteriormente tocaría en The Cars) y el teclista Jerry Harrison (posteriormente tocaría en Talking Heads).

Back to the wikipedia
In April 1972, the Modern Lovers traveled to Los Angeles where they held two demo sessions; the first was produced by the Velvet Underground's John Cale for Warner Bros. while the second was produced by Alan Mason for A&M. The Cale sessions were later used on the band’s debut album. While in California the band also performed live, and one gig at the Long Branch Saloon in Berkeley was later issued as a live album. Producer Kim Fowley courted the band, traveling to Boston to produce some poor-quality demos in June 1972. Felice rejoined the group for a few months after his graduation, and the band moved together to live at Cohasset, Massachusetts.

The Modern Lovers continued to be a popular live attraction, and on New Year’s Eve 1972 supported the New York Dolls at The Mercer Arts Center on a bill which also included Suicide and Wayne County. Early in 1973 they were finally signed by Warner Brothers. However, before returning to the studio in Los Angeles to work with Cale, the group accepted an offer to play a residency at the Inverurie Hotel in Bermuda. While there, Richman heard and became strongly influenced by the laid-back style of the local musicians, as documented in his later song "Monologue About Bermuda". There were also growing personality clashes between the band members. [2]

Although on the band’s return Richman agreed to record his earlier songs, he was anxious to move in a different musical direction. He wanted to scrap all of the tracks they had recorded and start over with a mellower, more lyrical sound. The rest of the band, while not opposed to such a shift later, insisted that they record as they sounded now. However, the sessions with Cale in September 1973 also coincided with the death of their friend Gram Parsons (a former Harvard student, like Harrison and Brooks), and produced no usable recordings.[1][2] The record company then recruited Kim Fowley to produce more sessions with the band, this time at Gold Star Studios, with better results. Recordings from these sessions with Fowley were later released in 1981 on an album misleadingly titled The Original Modern Lovers (reissued on CD by Bomp Records in 2000).
De esta época se publicarían dos discos recogiendo las sesiones con Cale y Fowley. Entre los temas destacan dos que han traspasado el tiempo: Roadrunner y Pablo Picasso. Os los traemos en las versiones de dos mostruos:
Roadrunner (Joan Jett)
One two three four five six
Roadrunner roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna ride by the Stop-n-Shop
With the radio on
I'm in love with the modern world
I'm in touch I'm a modern girl
New York City when it's late at night
I got the radio on
I'm like a roadrunner yeah
Said hello to the spirit of ol' 1956
It was pacing in the woods next to '57
Well the highway was my only friend
Cuz I went by so quick
Suburban trees were out there
And consequently it smelt like heaven
So I say roadrunner once roadrunner twice
I'm in love with the modern world
So let's go out all night aw

With the radio on got the FM
Radio on got the powerg got the magic
Radio on 50,000 watts of power
Radio on going faster miles an hour
Radio on I feel like a roadrunner Yeah

Can't ya hear it out in Jersey now
New York City when it's late at night
I'm on West Side Highway heading
Up to the G.W. Bridge down by the power lines
I see all the neon and it's cold at night
I got my radio on
It's so exciting here with the skyscrapers
In the dark
I feel in touch with the modern world
I feel in touch I feel alive
With 50,000 watts of power
I got the radio on
Roadrunner roadrunner
Radio on going faster miles an hour
Radio on ya know I walk by the Stop-n-Shop
Radio on and then I drove by the Stop-n-Shop
Radio on and I like that much better than
Walking by the Stop-n-Shop
Radio on I had the radio on

Radio on I felt in touch with the modern world
Radio on I fell in love with the modern world
Radio on I feel in love, feelin' love I got the
Radio on like the power, got the magic
Radio on got the AM
Radio on got the FM
Radio on 50,000 watts of power
Radio on going faster miles an hour
Radio on and the neon and it's cold outside
Radio on I feel in touch I feel in love I feel in love
Radio on I got the I got the I got the
Radio on I got the I got the I got the I got the
Radio on again
Radio on

Pablo Picasso (Iggy Pop)

Well some people try to pick up girls
And get called assholes
This never happened to Pablo Picasso
He could walk down your street
And girls could not resist his stare and
So Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole

Well the girls would turn the color
Of the avacado when he would drive
Down their street in his El Dorado
He could walk down you street
And girls could not resist his stare
Pablo Picasso never got called an asshole
Not like you
Alright

Well he was only 5'3"
But girls could not resist his stare
Pablo Picasso never got called an asshole
Not in New York
Oh well be not schmuck, be not abnoxious,
Be not bellbottom bummer or asshole
Remember the story of Pablo Picasso
He could walk down your street
And girls could not resist his stare
Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole
Alright this is it

Some people try to pick up girls
And they get called an asshole
This never happened to Pablo Picasso
He could walk down your street
And girls could not resist his stare and so
Pablo Picasso was never called...


Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

Un par de años después de disolverse The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman volvió con una nueva banda llamada esta vez Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, que estuvo operativa entre el 76 y el 88 con varias formaciones.
These bands were quieter and featured more low-key, often near-childlike, songs, as Richman drew on folk-rock and other genres. Out of Richman's original bandmates, only Robinson was part of any of the other Modern Lovers incarnations


Jonathan Richman - I'm A Little Dinosaur



Jonathan Richman - I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar Live


Jonathan Richman - Egyptian reggae


My Baby Love Love Loves Me


Jonathan Richman- Roadrunner. Recorded at Joey Ramone's Birthday Party at NYC's Coney Island High in May,1998.


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