"The older I get, the more life starts to make sense. And the less I care"

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The Modern Lovers (album) by The Modern Lovers 

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The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers by The Modern Lovers (1976)
Overall rank: 400th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1976 (8th)
Top albums of the 1970s (101st)
Top 500 albums of all time (400th)

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From badger 08/28/2017 14:18
Here is a list of things Jonathan Richman loves:

-Massachusetts
-Neon when it's cold outside
-The highway when it's late at night
-Modern moonlight
-128 when it's dark outside
-Massuchesetts (again)
-Rock & Roll
-His parents
-The old world
-The 50's
-Your eyes
-This power
-These streets
-The USA
-The modern world

Hippy Johnny only gets a 'like' thrown his way, poor guy. 'I'm Straight' is my favourite track, my interpretation is that it's Richman's faux promise to his girlfriend to get clean and shun his stoner alter-ego.

Musically, the songs are primitive, usually revolving around two chords and a third where adventurous. The recordings give the impression of being lazily rehearsed, which allows for some spontaneous sounding guitar and improvised instrumental sections (usually with an organ solo). The Modern Lovers are bare bones rock and roll at it's most fun, played by your friends band, except they are good. I suppose part of the appeal is that the exciting elements of the Velvet's sound are present here but Richman sidesteps their overt aim of producing art. Instead his main aim is to have fun, and for you to have fun too.

Key tracks: Roadrunner, I'm Straight, She Cracked, Pablo Picasso, Somone I Care About, Modern World
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From cmoshier 08/24/2017 00:08
Simple songs but it's incredibly important in the context of rock and punk. Amazing record
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From poppmusic 05/16/2017 07:31
I can relate to a lot of these lyrics...very happy this, er, perspective is on record.
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From BrunoDMartins 03/05/2017 18:38
Favorite Tracks: Hospital, Roadrunner & Pablo Picasso
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From exileonthehell 03/24/2016 17:40
If this wasn't 421 my feedback would be different
This album is brutally underrated here, Yeezus, Sigh No More, The Black Parade, xx, etc above this one what is happening?
Artist who were influenced by this album: Almost every post-punk band you know .
A rock n' roll must-hear, a masterpiece can't be so lower ranked here.
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From Big A2 11/14/2015 07:26
If I had to choose the one album that defined me as a person, this would be it. The only flaw is not including the brilliant "I'm Straight" and "Dignified and Old" in the original release, but perhaps it was being saved for the greatest double A-side that never was.
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From neilgee 09/25/2015 22:06
I'd like to have this on my ipod so I can give it a proper listening to. I love JR, my sister had a couple of his albums that were brilliant in parts and this is supposed to be the big one (which she didn't have) but it's not really clicked for me so far.
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From HoldenM 11/15/2014 06:47
Excellent album. A bit of an underrated classic. Just a bit.
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From swhaze 10/09/2014 15:41
Here's the first album recorded by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, recorded way back in 1972 but not released until August of 1976, just as punk rock was starting to sprout.
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From jstreets 04/08/2013 03:00
Unprecedented at the time, Jonathan Richman's lyrics of self depreciation and social awkwardness would soon be adopted by scores of bands riding the loser bandwagon. Plus, Richman may have been the only proto punk to sing about how much he loved living in the USA.

Highlights: I'm Straight, Hospital, Pablo Picasso, Roadrunner
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