Richman’s career arc includes the cult-classic, eponymous punk era album by his old band The Modern Lovers, produced by the Velvet Underground’s John Cale and including what many consider one of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever, “Roadrunner”; abandoning anything that sounded like rock in the 1970s to sing kids songs; a brief moment in the mainstream after his tunes, and him singing them, were key parts of the hit movie “There’s Something About Mary”; and a string of great albums of simple music that’s both childlike and wise, primitive and sophisticated (Jonathan sometimes sings in foreign languages!), strange and accessible.
His “That Summer Feeling” makes you cry; “I Was Dancing in The Lesbian Bar” is an ode to pure, unself-conscious fun (“Well in the first bar things were controlled, but in this bar things were rock and roll”).
The Paradiso show is billed as “featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums!” Don’t expect any other instruments to embellish Richman and his acoustic guitar.
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