Roller Coaster by the Sea: Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

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  1. hedley Says:

    ROADRUNNER, ROADRUNNER

    Going faster miles an hour
    Gonna drive past the Stop & Shop
    With the radio on

    I’m in love with Massachusetts
    And the neon when it’s cold outside
    And the highway when it’s late at night
    Got the radio on
    I’m like the roadrunner

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      I did chuckle at the lyrics. Around here Stop and Shop is a shrine for most shoppers. He even mentions 128: Needham and the power lines.

      I hadn’t ever heard this before-you do introduce me to interesting music.

  2. Birgit Says:

    …or: Dum de dum de dumme dum deh, oh New England:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNh-IAXaB7I
    Should be a local anthem?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Maybe it has just a few lyrics, but I thought it was a fun song. I’m with you on the local anthem suggestion!

  3. hedley Says:

    There are two versions surprisingly known as Roadrunner 1 and Roadrunner 2. Little Nicky Horne went bonkers and announced it as the best record ever made. I had a cassette in the car that played nothing but 1&2 for 90 minutes. There was no route 128, but I was hauling down the Kingston Bi Pass in the magnificent Triumph Herald 1961.
    And Jonathan and I were rolling to this wonderful version

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Thank you for the video. You know the most interesting musicians, ones I’ve never heard of before you.

      • hedley Says:

        Kat the official video for Roadrunner 2 is below – radically different version but still tons of fun. I’ve got the am radio ON !

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, how many Roadrunners did he write? I’m slightly confused. Neither 1 nor 2 is available over here, just Roadrunner “Thrice”. Whatever that is, it’s great. Are 1 and 2 even better?

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, 1 and 2 were on a single, the blue cover above. Thrice was a very disappointing live version that didn’t do justice. Go back and look at some of the early Modern Lovers albums and you might find it.
        Hope my friend in Bochum is listening to “random access memories”, rather super duper from Daft Punk

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, thanks, I’ll keep on searching. I better don’t tell you that I discovered Richman because Iggy covered his “Pablo Picasso”.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, both versions are on the 2003 expanded version of The Modern Lovers. That disc also includes Pablo Picasso, which Bowie covered on Reality. you will also recognize Jerry Harrison who went on to the Talking Heads.
        Enough Iggy, tell me you are listening to the new Daft Punk

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, Daft Punk??? Whenever I read “electronic music” I run away 😉 YouTube already blocked the new album, so I can’t reduce my prejudices right now.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, it’s a wild range of styles, don’t think electronic. Huge reviews and sales…you have something to look forward to.

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, just found Daft Punk’s Lose Yourself To Dance. Torture!

  4. katry Says:

    MDH,
    This was such a fun video to watch. It is of a Boston which doesn’t exist any more. We rode the old elevated expressway through Boston which was replaced by the Big Dig so you go under the city now. We went by Symphony Hall a few times in the South End. I recognized so much of Boston. That was great.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Kat, you opened a pandora s box by posting Jonathan….Here come the Martian Martians. Jonathan still tours, no Modern Lovers but worth rolling the Honda outta Dennis.

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      Little did I know that Jonathan would become such a point of discussion. I’m glad!

    • Birgit Says:

      Someone must have read this post. Today a very early Richman tape popped up at BigO:
      http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1481
      Just heard one song yet, audio quality is okay for such an old tape, but it’s too sunny over here now to stay indoors. I’ll listen later.

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        That’s interesting that he’s popped up somewhere else. I think you’re right that this conversation may have prompted the posting.

  6. im6 Says:

    Love, love, love Santa Cruz. Haven’t been there in a while, but it was always hippie dippie to the max. Here’s a link to that roller coaster by the sea: http://beachboardwalk.com/giantdipper/

    And then there’s the unofficial band from Santa Cruz, that you’ll notice sounds more than a little like Jonathan Richmond… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INnFvMgET1E&list=PLBBD1D4BC7D044ACD

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I love that old wooden roller coaster. No loops or crazy speeds, just the fun of an old coaster. That’s what I always remember from when I was a kid, and we went to Nantasket. Before that coaster was torn down,I rode it 5 or 6 times-I was in my 30’s or even maybe my 40’s then. It didn’t matter. I loved going down that first steep hill!

      • hedley Says:

        Seriously folks, its Jonathan Richman not Richmond …..im6 you should know better. Kat I put it down to Judy Collins influence. Right lets roll out the Jonathan’s Abominable Snowman in the Market

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR6Ns3AcDco

        Its either the Snowman or we could drive Jon’s Dodge Vegomatic …It ain’t no Honda and doesn’t need new tires.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Correction made on his name. At least you didn’t put it down to Lennie’s influence!

      • Hedley Says:

        Katmah, Lennie, Joni, Judy, or the Stookenator, is there really a difference ?

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        Never put Joni and Judy with Lennie with the Stookenator!!!

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, thanks for the cool snowman! (Thanks, Youtube, this link surprisingly works.) Just what I need now, sunny hot 95 F over here and my attic room is like an abominable sauna.

      • hedley Says:

        Birgit, lovely here and the FBI are digging up a field a mile from my house looking for Jimmy Hoffa.


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