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Punk Before Punk

The Modern Lovers aren't usually associated with the punk scene that was born in the 70's but they were churning out 3-4 minute pop rock songs before bands like the Ramones & the Sex Pistols. Their music was more proto-punk than out right punk much like The Stooges & the Dolls, just not as in your face as some of those bands. Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman had short hair which was non existent at the time and his band was just playing good basic 3 chord rock & roll in a time when bands were all about drugs and space.This album was produced by John Cale of the Velvet Underground and this record was also infulental to the growing New York punk scene and influenced many punk bands that we now consider legends of the genre. Although the Mordern Lovers didn't last very long (1970-1974), it included members that would later join bands like the Talking Heads, The Cars and the Real Kids(Great Boston punk band not many know about). If your just getting into bands like the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith and Television, then I highly recomend this album! Unfortunately this record has gone unoticed for far too long, even in some of the recent punk documentaries I've watched, they're not mentioned in the begining of these films when discussing proto-punk bands. They always seem to forget this band and this gem of an album.

A redefinition of underrated

Every time you hear a Sex Pistols song on the radio, Jonathan Richman should get a check in the mail.

Great album

One of the best. Great songwriter and frontman Jonathan richman with future members of the Cars and Talking Heads. Straight ahead rock and roll with really no clunkers.

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1972

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