Jonathan Richman

Genres: Comedy Movies Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
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16 May 1951, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Richman rose to prominence during the early 70s as leader of the Modern Lovers. Drawing inspiration from 50s pop and the Velvet Underground, the Modern Lovers initially offered a garage-band sound, as evinced on their UK hit ‘Roadrunner’ and the infectious instrumental ‘Egyptian Reggae’ in 1977. However, Richman increasingly distanced himself from electric music and latterly embraced an acoustic-based direction. He disbanded the Modern Lovers in 1978 to pursue an idiosyncratic solo career, in which his naïve style was deemed charming or irritating according to taste. His songs, including ‘Ice Cream Man’ and ‘My Love Is A Flower (Just Beginning To Bloom)’, showed a childlike simplicity that seemed oblivious to changes in trends around him.

Richman exhumed the Modern Lovers name during the 80s without any alteration to his style. In 1996, he signed to Neil...

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