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Vampire Girl: Essential Recordings

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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
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: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661909229
  • Catalog Number: 619092
  • Sales rank: 116,350

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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