Legendary Proto Punk band from Massachusetts. The members consisted of Jonathan Richman and whatever musicians felt like working with him. Seriously, he's the only official member of the band.
They started 1970, trapped in obscurity. They recorded a few songs for an album that never got off the ground. They then disbanded, and got back together in 1976. This time they succeeded in releasing the album, with both the original tracks and some new ones they recorded. The self titled is considered a precursor to Punk Rock.
After the album, Jonathan Richman started working with other musicians using The Modern Lovers name. They became a footnote up until around recently when they got some recognition for being amongst the Velvet Underground and The Stooges as inspiration for punk. They're even given credit for jump-starting the Straight Edge movement with the song "I'm Straight", showing one of the earliest recordings of Straight Edge music.
Two early members of the Modern Lovers had success with other New Wave Music bands. David Robinson became the drummer of The Cars. Jerry Harrison joined Talking Heads as a keyboardist/second guitarist.
Oh and their music is catchy and energetic. Think of Jonathan Richman being a less monotonal version of Lou Reed and add a touch of romanticism.
"I say Roadrunner once, roadrunner twice, I'm in love with TV Tropes and I'll be out all night":
- Airplane Arms: "I'm A Little Airplane"
- Drugs Are Bad:
- "I'm Straight". In fact, the title itself could be a precursor to Straight Edge.
- "She Cracked" as well. Drugs have a lot to do with her downfall.
- Have a Gay Old Time: "I'm Straight" is about not doing drugs.
- Shout-Out: "Roadrunner" lifts completely from the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray".
- Stop and Go: The live version of "Ice Cream Man", restarting and repeating the last verse seven times.Jonathan Richman: Thank you very much, our next song is going to be one about - ONE MORE TIME!