120. Jonathan Richman/The Modern Lovers

It has been said that the Velvet Underground was the Ground Zero for Alternative music. There are levels of truths to that and the disciples they spawned via vinyl were incalculable. Jonathan Richman was a man who was greatly influenced by the Velvets, so much so, it could be argued that he literally picked up where they left off.   Jonathan Richman has been called eccentric, cerebral, innocent and even the Godfather of Punk (yes another who has that title), but most of all he was always called talented. With the Modern Lovers, Richman created a sound that while paid homage to his heroes still forged new ground. Although it was not the first influential Proto Punk album, his work may have proved as one of the most important. Richman would later march to his own tune, creating music that honored other styles with his own unique spin and would also go into his own self imposed exile from the music world. With the Velvets in, is it possible that their biggest fan could get in too?     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2000   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Boston, MA)   Nominated In: Never   Why He Will Get In: Richman did help shape much of the Punk sound.   Why He Won’t Get In: His catalogue of music is a little uneven and likely not substantial enough.   Essential Albums: The Modern Lovers (1976) Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (1976) Jonathan Sings (1983)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Roadrunner (From the Modern Lovers, 1976) Pablo Picasso (From the Modern Lovers, 1976) She Cracked (From the Modern Lovers, 1976) Modern World (From the Modern Lovers, 1976) This Kind of Music (From Jonathan Sings, 1983){acepolls 160}

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