Vampire Girl: Essential Recordings

Vampire Girl: Essential Recordings

by Jonathan Richman
     
 

Notorious New York cult singer/songwriter David Roter was once called "an unholy confluence of Woody Allen and Lou Reed." Though Jonathan Richman is a well-known devotee of Reed and the Velvet Underground himself, he might best be termed "an unholy confluence of Pee WeeSee more details below

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Notorious New York cult singer/songwriter David Roter was once called "an unholy confluence of Woody Allen and Lou Reed." Though Jonathan Richman is a well-known devotee of Reed and the Velvet Underground himself, he might best be termed "an unholy confluence of Pee Wee Herman and Sha Na Na." Starting with his band the Modern Lovers, Richman developed a musical persona that seemed eternally youthful and naïve; a trapped-in-the-late-'50s teenager who still lived in an imaginary world of sock hops, bongo drums, and nascent lust. Like Herman, however, he acknowledged the passage of time, yet seemingly remained, as a middle-aged man, just as surprised and bemused by the crazy scene in "I Was Dancing in a Lesbian Bar," or the fact that friends would begrudge his favored mode of transportation in "You're Crazy for Taking the Bus," as they were when he was a high school freshman. Musically, the Boston native played a stripped-down, shambling, beach-party take on old-time rock & roll and pop, and was heavily influenced by doo wop, occasionally even detouring into country and Latin music (represented here by the full-on Nashville soundtrack "Since She Started to Ride" and the Spanish-language "Harpo en Su Harpa"). Overall, Vampire Girl: Essential Recordings is a good overview of Richman's classic Rounder Records material, which, despite its brief ten-track length, gives the casual listener an effective tour through the artist's strange, childlike, oft-hilarious, and always perceptive mind.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661909229
catalogNumber:
619092
Rank:
128742

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonathan Richman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Terry   Piano,Background Vocals
John Avila   Drums
Tom Brumley   Steel Guitar
Ron Butler   Background Vocals
David Byrd   Piano
Ned Claflin   Organ,Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Girton   Bass
Ron Gremp   Drums
Tom Nelson   Vocals
Nick Sibley   Harmonica,Background Vocals
D. Clinton Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Brennan Totten   Guitar
Jim Washburn   Bass
Lou Whitney   Bass
Scot Woodland   Conga,Vocals
Josef Marc   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Drums,Background Vocals
Tom Nelson   Vocals
Johnny Avila   Drums

Technical Credits

Jonathan Richman   Composer
Scott Billington   Logo Design
John Girton   Engineer
D. Clinton Thompson   Producer
Brennan Totten   Producer
Lou Whitney   Producer,Engineer
Marcello Azevedo   Remastering
Paul Emery   Engineer

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