Modern Lovers

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: college rock american rock n roll proto-punk classic rock seen live indie pop reggae power pop usa pop rock male vocalist powerpop odd boston massachusetts mainstream child-like Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, the Modern Lovers revolved around the talents of uncompromising singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman (16 May 1951, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). The band, which included Jerry Harrison (b. Jeremiah Griffin Harrison, 21 February 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; guitar - later of Talking Heads), Ernie Brooks (bass) and future Cars drummer David Robinson, offered an inspired amalgam of 50s pop, garage bands, girl groups and the Velvet Underground, a style that both engendered a cult following and attracted the interest of ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, then a staff producer at Warner Brothers Records. However, having completed a series of demos in 1973, a disillusioned Richman disbanded the line-up and retreated to Boston, although Cale marked their association by recording his protégé’s composition, ‘Pablo Picasso’, on Helen Of Troy (1975). In 1976, the unfinished tracks were purchased by the...

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