Song Of The Day: Modern Lovers — Pablo Picasso (1972)



Rich Karfilis Recalls: Before the Ramones, before the New York Dolls even, there were the Modern Lovers, laying the groundwork for punk rock way back in 1972. Of course, they were borrowing heavily from The Velvet Underground, but by ’72 the Underground was a spent force without Lou Reed, who went off walking on the wild side. The Modern Lovers, featuring Jonathan Richman and future Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison, cultivated the seed planted by the Underground, and served up a musical style and attitude that would be admired and emulated for years to come. Although I do believe I’ve heard someone, some stupid person, call Pablo Picasso an asshole.

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