I grew up listening to the Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman's original band in the 1970s and 1980s. While never achieving popular fame, the band received much critical praise and over the past decades, many bands have covered their more popular songs, such as "Roadrunner," "She Cracked" and "Pablo Picasso." Richman, the heart of the Modern Lovers and its main songwriter, continues to write, record and play live shows.
The library has several of his CDs in its collection, including "Having a party with Jonathan Richman" and "Modern Lovers 88." Both feature solid songwriting and stripped-down music accompaniment. Richman will be performing songs spanning his career on February 6 at Off Broadway. If you are a singer-songwriter fan and enjoy poignant, yet quirky lyrics, check out his CDs at SLCL then check him out live. Fans of Todd Snider, Hayes Carll and John Prine will especially enjoy his music.
--Keir, Cliff Cave Branch