Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Jonathan Sings!
Label: Sire - 92-3939-4 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Indie Rock
Critic Greil Marcus described it as "the most obvious song in the world, and the strangest". As a teenager Richman saw the Velvet Underground perform many times, and the format of "Roadrunner" is derived directly from the Velvets' song " Sister Ray ".
However, in contrast to Lou Reed 's Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Jonathan Sings! detached saga of debauchery and decay, Richman's lyrics are passionate and candid, dealing with the freedom of driving alone and the beauty of the modern suburban environment, specifically the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts.
The introductory countoff, "one - two - three - four - five - six! Richman wrote the song bywhen he began performing it in public, aged Former bandmate John Felice recalled that as teenagers he and Richman "used to get in the car and just drive up and down Route and the Turnpike. This version was first released as a single and in on the Modern Lovers' long-delayed but highly acclaimed self-titled debut album originally Home of the Hits HH Being a rock and roll standard, the song is also regarded as a garage band classic  and proto-punk anthem.
A live version from was also later officially released on the album Live At Longbranch Saloon. The most commercially successful version of the song, credited to Richman as a solo artist, was recorded for Beserkley Records in lateproduced by label boss Matthew King KaufmanHarbor Lights - Terry McKee and His Band - Hawaiian Holiday Jonathan backed by The Greg Kihn Band and released at the time on What Time Does The Next Miracle Leave?
- Frank Sinatra - Trilogy: Past, Present & Future single Beserkley B with a B-side by the band Earth Quake. Kaufman stated: "To record "Roadrunner" took the 3 minutes 35 seconds for the performance, about another 30 minutes to dump the background vocals on, and another 90 minutes to mix it".
This version was reissued in on the album Beserkley Chartbusters Vol. This single reached number 11 in the UK singles chart in August The differences among all these versions are in the lyrics, the duration, the instrumentation electric garage rock vs.
A version of "Roadrunner" was recorded by the Sex Pistols as a rough demo inseemingly in a spontaneous transition from Chuck Berry's legendary " Johnny B. Goode ", which is in the same key and a similar tempo. This recording was then overdubbed upon inand released in on The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle album.
Pistols' vocalist Johnny Rotten has said that although he "hate s all music", "Roadrunner" is his favorite song. This did not mean, however, that he took the time to learn the lyrics before recording his vocals. Another punk cover was done by the British band Wire in their early days, before they diverged from punk into their more electronic, post-punk sound. Their version of "Roadrunner" can be found on the album Demowhich is a collection Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Jonathan Sings!
bootleg tracks that was released in The Jazz Butcher released "Roadrunner" as a single inwhich got to number 50 in the British independent charts.
Session Americana recorded a version of Roadrunner on "Northeast", their album of songs by California, Here I Come - Bill Evans - The Secret Sessions (Recorded At The Village Vanguard 1966-19 songwriters. Stephen King quoted a verse of the song to introduce one of the chapters of his novel Christine. Every chapter of the novel begins with a quotation of lyrics from rock songs about cars.
Katrina and the Waves quote lyrics from "Roadrunner" in Normal Like You - Everclear - So Much For The Afterglow Walking on Sunshine " with the repeated lines "I feel the love, I feel alive".
During a scene in the first episode of season two of HBO's "The Deuce," Maggie Gyllenhaal is listening to "Roadrunner" while splicing a porn scene she had shot earlier that day. In addition to being ranked on Greatest Songs of All TimeGuardian journalist Laura Barton has described "Roadrunner" as "one of the most magical songs in existence". On February 13,then State Representative Marty Walsh introduced a bill to have "Roadrunner" named official rock song of Massachusetts. It is the pulsing sound of the night and the future.
It connects the midnight ride of Paul Revere with the dream of every Massachusetts teenager who has just gotten their license and is discovering the Freedom Trail that is Route after the last movie lets out. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Roadrunner disambiguation. Proto-punk garage rock rock and roll. Harvard University Press. Shakespeare and Popular Music. Bloomsbury Academic.
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