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Dec 20, 13.
31 Notes.

17 reasons why “Roadrunner” should be the official rock song of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

These are taken from a testimony at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight about why The Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner,” from which this blog gets its name, should be the official song of the Commonwealth. I agree with all of them.

  1. Jonathan Richman, who wrote the song, is a Massachusetts native, born in Natick.
  2. The Modern Lovers, his band, started out in the Boston area.
  3. Many of Richman’s songs reference growing up in Massachusetts.
  4. “Roadrunner” is an upbeat, youthful ode to the greatness of being alive, and the simple beauty of the Commonwealth.
  5. “Roadrunner” is a tribute to the urban landscape, with nods to Massachusetts landmarks both civic and industrial, including the Mass Pike, Howard Johnson’s, the North Shore, the South Shore, Routes 3, 9, 90, 495 and of course 128, the Prudential, Quincy, Cohasset, Deer Island, Boston Harbor, Amherst, Needham, Ashland, Mattapan, Roslindale and Stop & Shop.
  6. “Roadrunner” celebrates Route 128, which opened in 1951, the year Richman was born, and came to be known as “America’s Technology Highway.” To this day, it still represents Massachusetts’ vibrant Innovation Economy.
  7. The many versions of “Roadrunner” contain lyrical variations and musical deviations that have inspired many passionate late-night conversations among rock music fans about which is the best version.
  8. “Roadrunner” has been consistently popular and relevant since its creation in 1970.
  9. “Roadrunner” has been described as the first punk song.
  10. “Roadrunner” communicates its unbridled, unapologetic exuberance about youth, freedom and Massachusetts essentially and economically using just two chords.
  11. “Roadrunner” contains one of the most brilliant lyrics ever written: “going faster miles an hour.”
  12. “Roadrunner” also has the greatest count off in rock history: “1-2-3-4-5-6!”
  13. Rolling Stone ranked “Roadrunner” # 269 on its “500 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time.”
  14. A recent article in the Guardian UK convincingly made the case that the “Roadrunner” rock ‘n roll pilgrimage is just as important as those to Chuck Berry’s Route 66, Bob Dylan’s Highway 61, Robert Johnson’s Crossroads, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and others.
  15. Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus called “Roadrunner” “the most obvious song in the world, and the strangest,” which just proves that HE’S never driven Route 128 at night. Of course, he is not wrong.
  16. “Roadrunner” is a song that describes the mystery of the modern Massachusetts landscape. It has taken the specifics of that mystery and captured the imaginations of people around the world who have internalized it as their own, creating awareness of and interest in our state.
  17. It is an unabashed valentine to our beloved Commonwealth. It says “I’m in love with Massachusetts” right in the song!
#jonathan richman   #modern lovers   #roadrunner   #massachusetts   #music  

Apr 15, 13.
10 Notes.

Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop ‘n’ Shop
With the radio on
I’m in love with Massachusetts
And the neon when it’s cold outside
And the highway when it’s late at night
Got the radio on
I’m like the roadrunner

I’m in love with modern moonlight
128 when it’s dark outside
I’m in love with Massachusetts
I’m in love with the radio on
It helps me from being alone late at night
It helps me from being lonely late at night
I don’t feel so bad now in the car
Don’t feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner
That’s right

Said welcome to the spirit of 1956
Patient in the bushes next to ‘57
The highway is your girlfriend as you go by quick
Suburban trees, suburban speed
And it smells like heaven(thunder)
And I say roadrunner once
Roadrunner twice
I’m in love with rock & roll and I’ll be out all night
That’s right

Well now
Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive to the Stop ‘n’ Shop
With the radio on at night
And me in love with modern moonlight
Me in love with modern rock & roll
Modern girls and modern rock & roll
Don’t feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner
O.K., now you sing Modern Lovers

(Radio On!)
I got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the car, got the AM
(Radio On!)
Got the AM sound, got the
(Radio On!)
Got the rockin’ modern neon sound
(Radio On!)
I got the car from Massachusetts, got the
(Radio On!)
I got the power of Massachusetts when it’s late at night
(Radio On!)
I got the modern sounds of modern Massachusetts
I’ve got the world, got the turnpike, got the
I’ve got the, got the power of the AM
Got the, late at night, rock & roll late at night
The factories and the auto signs got the power of modern sounds

Right, bye bye!


#boston   #massachusetts  

Nov 21, 12.
5 Notes.



#massachusetts   #mass pike  

Jan 6, 12.
5 Notes.


Philip stopped by the Bazaar on Sunday and got some flicks of the setup.

I’m going to have to get my hands on one of those poster size RADIO ON prints.

(Source: saultne)

#repeat press   #massachusetts   #letterpress  

Nov 28, 11.
6 Notes.

The lowest tide I’ve ever seen, and my great grandfather’s name on the Fishermen’s Memorial.

#gloucester   #massachusetts   #home   #thanksgiving  

Sep 15, 11.
8 Notes.

Punk and hardcore's latest heroes: Massachusetts women

Megan Minior, bassist of female-fronted Foreign Objects and Western Mass hardcore band Ampere, has represented women in Massachusetts hardcore for nearly a decade. “Sometimes,” she says, “I wonder when I am at a hardcore show where everyone is male-identified and they’re all fighting each other — why am I still interested in this? I think for me, why I still always feel interested in punk and hardcore is because it is an everyday interruption of everyday life. It’s a great outlet, and an amazing way to meet a lot of really interesting people… . I am continually inspired.”

I haven’t seen Megan in probably 7 years but she’s always had one of the most positive, can-do outlooks on life of anyone I’ve ever met. This is a great piece about a few of the active female-fronted punk bands in Boston. Get Laid is the only one I know, but I’ll definitely be listening to that (free) Curmudgeon album all day tomorrow.

#punk   #riot grrrl   #hardcore   #boston   #massachusetts   #ampere   #curmudgeon