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#1 EWW

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 02:38 PM

The Modern Lovers is the debut studio album by American rock band the Modern Lovers. It was released on Beserkley Records in 1976, although the original nine tracks had been recorded in 1972 (or 1971 in the case of "Hospital"). Six of the original tracks were produced by John Cale. In 2003, the album was ranked number 381 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and 382 in 2012.

Side one
"Roadrunner" – 4:04
"Astral Plane" – 3:00
"Old World" – 4:00
"Pablo Picasso" – 4:15

Side two
"She Cracked" – 2:53
"Hospital" – 5:31
"Someone I Care About" – 3:37
"Girlfriend" – 3:51
"Modern World" – 3:40

2003 reissue bonus tracks
"Dignified & Old" – 2:29
"I'm Straight" – 4:18
"Government Center" – 2:03
"I Wanna Sleep in Your Arms" (Richman, James Osterberg) – 2:32
"Dance With Me" – 4:26
"Someone I Care About" (alternate version) – 2:58
"Modern World" (alternate version) – 3:16
"Roadrunner" (alternate version) – 4:55

If you don’t have Spotify, etc., the songs can be found here - https://www.youtube....FnHlK5_7llTAtrh
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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:07 PM

Nice!

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 03:58 PM

Richman seemed like a real character. My wife introduced me to them.
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Posted 03 November 2019 - 04:06 PM

This was before Jonathan Richman went completely bizarre

The talent in that band is impressive
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Posted 03 November 2019 - 09:42 PM

Just finished listening, first time for me. Very Impressive! I hear a lot of The Stooges as an influence. very tight band, really enjoyed the sound with the vocals- seems very off the cuff and cool. will listen again! 


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Posted 04 November 2019 - 12:50 AM

Just finished listening, first time for me. Very Impressive! I hear a lot of The Stooges as an influence. very tight band, really enjoyed the sound with the vocals- seems very off the cuff and cool. will listen again!


The Stooges and Velvet Underground were big influencers - I also get a Doors undertone with the organ
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Posted 04 November 2019 - 01:09 AM

It’s hard to believe this led to the talking heads
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Posted 04 November 2019 - 04:04 AM

It’s hard to believe this led to the talking heads


Government Center gives me a bit of a TH vibe
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Posted 04 November 2019 - 07:13 AM

This is a cool idea.

 

Is this pin-able for the week? Suggest also a tag for these threads.


Edited by dagomike, 04 November 2019 - 07:15 AM.

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 09:00 AM

Good idea to pin it. Done. I’ll keep the sign up list up in the idea thread for a little bit so interested people can sign up and we will have an order of turns.

First listen to this album just a little while ago. Really great rock album. I was familiar with a lot of the tracks but I’m not sure if I ever listened to the entire thing. Gonna give it a few more spins and do a more thorough write up

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 09:21 AM

Whoever post AoW nominates next person on Friday not later than Noon EST so they have a little time to get it chosen and posted by Monday morns
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Posted 04 November 2019 - 09:31 AM

It’s in the first thread. It goes in order of signing up. I’ll punt mine til the end since it was my idea. New albums on Sunday. Stain’s turn is Sunday

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 11:01 AM

ISome cuts it really sounds like Ray Davies..


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Posted 04 November 2019 - 02:22 PM

ISome cuts it really sounds like Ray Davies..

 

I though he was channeling Ray a bit also


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Posted 04 November 2019 - 03:33 PM

Good album to start!  I always heard of them but never listened to anything.  I didn't know he wrote Roadrunner- heard several covers of it, and I always thought that was from Eddie Cochran or someone else in the 50's.

 

It’s hard to believe this led to the talking heads

 

 

I think it fits in between Velvet Underground and Talking Heads.  Psycho Killer sounds a bit like Old World- but maybe not as much as Old World sounds like Velvet Underground.


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Posted 04 November 2019 - 03:35 PM

Psycho Killer sounds a bit like Old World- but maybe not as much as Old World sounds like Velvet Underground.



This is a great perspective.

I'm a VU fan and you can definitely hear the influence throughout.
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Posted 04 November 2019 - 06:15 PM

This is a great perspective.

I'm a VU fan and you can definitely hear the influence throughout.

With Nico or with and without?

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 06:37 PM

I mentioned the Talking Heads because they share a keyboardist (Jerry Harrison)

The drummer David Robinson also went on to play with The Cars

With Nico or with and without?


Without Nico
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Posted 05 November 2019 - 02:00 AM

Without Nico


This!
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Posted 05 November 2019 - 12:24 PM

The Stooges and Velvet Underground were big influencers - I also get a Doors undertone with the organ


Osterberg has a writing credit on the 2003 reissue.
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