The Modern Lovers

American rock group

The Modern Lovers is a musical band started by Jonathan Richman. Richman liked the band The Velvet Underground, but his own sound was more simple. Many music experts say "Roadrunner" is one of the first punk rock songs. Musicians like the Sex Pistols, David Bowie, and the Pixies listened to the Modern Lovers.[1][2]

The keyboard player in the Modern Lovers, Jerry Harrison, later joined the band The Talking Heads.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nicholas Barber (July 21, 2020). "The radical positivity of cult pop star Jonathan Richman". BBC Culture. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  2. Patrick Foster; Jim Lenahan (August 26, 2016). "Dad Rock: Lost classic 'Modern Lovers' turns 40". USA Today. Retrieved May 3, 2021.