Jonathan Richman’s 1992 lo-fi gem I, Jonathan will make it’s vinyl debut August 14th in a reissue by Craft Recordings. The Modern Lovers frontman returned to a full band, though more folk and teen pop inspired sound, after a series of solo-focused releases and made some of his best known songs like “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar” and “Parties In The U.S.A.”
Richman’s musical influence has been impressive and long-lasting. Early on, he and The Modern Lovers were favorites of the first wave of punk acts, prompting covers by The Sex Pistols and others, but his impact continued through his solo career with modern artists from Andrew Bird to Mac Demarco expressing appreciation for his music.
I, Jonathan was originally released on Rounder Records, the reissue is part of the label’s 50th anniversary celebration.