Perusing an “alternative” weekly yesterday, came across an announcement that Jonathan Richman will be playing at the Cabaret on November 7. Ooh, I’m all a-quiver. Before the Sex Pistols, before the Minutemen, before the Clash, there was Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Although he’s mellowed with age and become somewhat of a troubadour, this guy puts on an incredible show, and his little dancing spurts would put the old King to shame.
This is guy who, as a teenager, when he first heard the Velvet Underground, packed his stuff and left for NYC, sleeping on the floor of Andy Warhol’s “Factory.” Now, he sings songs like Vampire Girl, Dancing in a Lesbian Bar, Hey There Little Insect and, more popular, There’s Something About Mary.
For anyone who’s never seen or heard him, he’s definitely worth the effort.