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Jonathan Richman: I, Jonathan

Chas de Whalley, Vox, March 1993

WHEN JONATHAN RICHMAN and The Modern Lovers first surfaced with Roadrunner, late in 1976, the studied '60s simplicity of their garage band arrangements and Richman's idiosyncratic vocal style contributed significantly to the embryonic New Wave. What few realised at the time was that most of the tracks on Richman's debut album-including 'Roadrunner' itself — were already well out of date, recorded some four/five years earlier for Warner Brothers and rejected for being just too wacky for words.

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