0850. The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers started cause the frontman Jonathan Richman's a big fan of The Velvet Underground and for parts of this eponymous debut it's blaringly obvious.
The band had split up two years before this album was released, though, and the album itself was recorded a couple of years prior to that. The reason for this? Richman had launched his solo carreer and assembeled a backing band he called The Modern Lovers, so his new label thought they could cash in by releasing the old sessions.
And as timing's everything, this became a huge hit in the budding punk scene, inspiring among others the Sex Pistols (as they apparently hadn't heard of the Velvets).
It's a nice album, but I think I'd rather listen to the original.