Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Jonathan Richman Live

Two weeks ago, we listened to Joan Jett's cover of "Roadrunner," written by Jonathan Richman for his proto-punk former band, The Modern Lovers, who recorded the song's original version. Above, Richman performs an acoustic version of his song, a tribute to the youthful trinity of driving, rock and the radio, at the Coney Island High music club (which is actually in the East Village), May 1998. The occasion was the birthday party of Joey Ramone, the late lead singer of The Ramones (the Bowery at East Second Street, NYC, near the former CBGB club, was officially named "Joey Ramone Place"). One can hear the influence of The Velvet Underground in Richman's performance.

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