I Go To Bakeries All Day Long…

jojo

… there’s a lack of sweetness in my life. Happy 65th to Jonathon Richman. So many great songs. I kinda ignored this song and the other gentler numbers on ‘The Modern Lovers’ for years because I was into ‘Pablo Picasso’ and ‘She Cracked’ and obviously ‘Roadrunner’ but they’ve become so much richer as we’ve both got older. It’s forty years since this record got released although ‘Hospital’ is actually from their first recording session in 1971. Jonathon is often praised for having an unaffected, childlike sorta take on the world which is fair and fine and true and all but here he is, not even out of his teens, writing these incredibly mature songs. Romantic for sure but very adult, by which I mean grown up and clear eyed in the way he sees things. It’s almost one of those tragic cases of the first thing someone did being the best although he’s lived up to it at least. Around the same time he also wrote ‘Roadrunner’ and that’s a deathless masterpiece, an iconic rock ‘n’ roll record for the ages. It always sounds amazing. Every. Damn. Time. you know? He’s got a new album out ‘Ishkode! Ishkode!’ which I’ve not heard yet but it don’t seem like he’s done singin’ and playin’ so let’s hope he keeps safe this year, y’know? He’s always meant a lot more to me than Bowie or Lemmy did if I’m honest.

read Laura Barton’s great essay about ‘Roadrunner’

~ by Mumblin' Earl on May 16, 2016.

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