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Jonathan Michael Richman (Natick, Massachusetts, May 16, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. In 1970 he founded The Modern Lovers, an influential proto-punk band. Since the mid-1970s, Richman has worked either solo or with low-key, generally acoustic, backing. He is known for his wide-eyed, unaffected and childlike outlook, and music that, while rooted in rock and roll, often draws on influences from around the world.

Jonathan Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s. In 1969 he moved to New York City, where he spent time living on the couch of The Velvet Underground’s manager and working odd jobs while trying to break in as a professional musician. Failing at this, he returned to Boston. Having moved back, he formed The Modern Lovers. Other notable members of the group were keyboard player Jerry Harrison and drummer David Robinson, who later joined Talking Heads and The Cars, respectively. In 1972 they recorded a series of songs with John Cale producing, including the seminal “Roadrunner,” which were eventually released on the group’s sole album, Modern Lovers, in 1975.

Shortly after these recordings were made, Richman broke up the band and embarked on his long and eclectic solo career. For a while he continued recording under the “Modern Lovers” name (or rather, the more telling “Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers” appellation), but all the members were different, and in the new incarnation were essentially his backing band.


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  • radiohoofdnz

    watch out for 2 new 7 inches and an new album later this year on blue arrow records!

    26 May 11:50pm Reply
  • hape60

    watch out for 2 new 7 inches and an new album later this year on blue arrow records!

    19 Mar 1:05pm Reply
  • sbes114

    if lou reed were a human mortal

    6 Feb 11:36pm Reply
  • ddddbbbb


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  • Lowbacca

    vote up please:

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Fajterica

    Best there ever was in feelgood business!

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • pollepet

    yeah, yeah, yeah

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    офигительный сонграйтер, тут тебе и чистое рок-н-ролльствование с истоками в 50-х, и начало outsider music. Жаль, что в рашке видимо никогда не поймут кайфа джонатана ричмана и его проектов

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ellleotribal


    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    this guy was hilarious on space ghost.

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • smichaelgbg

    Stort geni

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Indyalanjones1

    Where's a good place to start with this guy? Loving what I've heard so far, but overwhelmed by the back catalogue..

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • fergww

    Does anyone have the Jonathan Goes Funky demos? They have vanished from the web

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cherrywatermelo

    I saw your live wonderfull performance in June in Toronto! I've been a big fan since the "Modern Lovers" That June concert was just what the doctor ordered after a major 3 month crisis at work. I'm a Social Worker working with adults with Developamental Disabilities, who also struggle with their mental health. I'm just putting in this comment now, due to somehow recovering, from all the work stress as I listen to your music tonight. PLEASE come back to Toronto very soon!

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Phaeton

    Unlike everyone else below, I've not seen Jonathan Richman play live, but would like to very much, because he's great.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    I met this guy last weekend and dude is kind of a cornball. Also, he sang a song in french and then hurriedly translated it after each verse... gtfo with that shit... unless of course you recorded it that way and in which case I'll gtfo.

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • axbesm_starr

    this guy is such a character. love him.

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • Praschmasjid

    Saw him in Gainesville last night. Loved it!

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • neckermanncj

    @jinzou: actually vice-versa but I agree so much with that, especially Jens' new song "Erika America"

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jinzou

    he reminds me so much of jens lekman...

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
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