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Original Modern Lovers

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Road Runner #1
  2. She Cracked
  3. Astral Plain
  4. Walk Up The Street
  5. I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms
  6. Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste
  7. Dance With Me
  8. Girlfren
  9. Roadrunner #2


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bomp Records
  • ASIN: B00004YLFH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know a whole lot about the Modern Lovers, so I can't place this CD in an esthetic context with their later recordings, but I can tell you that I absolutely adore these tunes. The sound quality may be a bit rough for some tastes but I think the "primitive" sound only adds to their charm. I find that the early Modern Lovers are the geeky, sensitive, poetic, nervous and twitchy, pocket-protector-proto-punk counterpoint to the primal, snarling, surging, Id-made-flesh proto-punk of the early Stooges.
On these recordings Johnathan Richman is Iggy Pop's musical little brother: raw and unpolished, determined to somehow subvert or ignore the reigning musical zeitgeist, but with more poetry and less (none, really)of the menace.
If you're interested in exploring the origins of proto-punk, or if you just want to hear Mr. Richman at his most youthful and raw then this recording is a must.
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By A Customer on October 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A collection of demos produced by Kim Fowley; four of the songs were re-recorded under John Cale's supervision and appeared on the legendary 1st Modern Lovers LP; the others - with the exception of "I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms" - are included in the set for the "Precise Modern Lovers Order" live album. The sound quality is predictably poor, and the performances not considerably different from the other recorded versions. This item is basically for collector's only. Song list: (1) Roadrunner #1, (2) She Cracked, (3) Astral Plain, (4) Walk Up the Street, (5) I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms, (5) Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste, (6) Dance With Me, (7) Girlfren, and (8) Roadrunner #2.
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Format: Vinyl
This is simply the best Modern Lovers record ever. It's a shame it hasn't been re-realesed and I hope it is one day. I apparently got lucky when picking this up on vinyl in 2000. I had no idea at the time it would be a limited press and was pleasantly surprised to see that it's a collectors album. The reason it's the best is because it's RAW. The version of Girlfren (and YES that is how it's spelled on this record) on this album is SO much better than any other version I've ever heard. Along with Road Runner and especially I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms. Their sound on this record is much more lo-fi garage rock and I can easily see how they influenced early punk bands. Much more so than on their more readily available 'first' record, which was indeed recorded AFTER this one. If you prefer lo-fi and more authentic sounding music, like you were actually THERE in the recording studio than this is the version for you.
Final note...I've let a few audiophile friends of mine who were not familiar with The Modern Lovers listen to this record and they LOVED it. Two of them later told me that they couldn't find this record and bought another one instead and did NOT like the band nearly as much or AT ALL. This record is THAT much better. Happy Hunting!
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