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Wednesday, Dec 11 2013
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Jonathan Richman created the Modern Lovers, a band inspired by the Velvet Underground, in 1970. Before their long-awaited album (produced by John Cale) was released, Richman had already moved on. Disillusioned by the negativity he heard in rock music, he started playing in a folky, acoustic style, concentrating on songs that celebrated the calmer, more positive aspects of life. The childlike simplicity of his music and his goofy, positive attitude has won him a large, loyal following. His appearance as the singing narrator/Greek chorus in the 1998 Farrelly Brothers film There's Something About Mary introduced him to a wider audience, but he never cashed in on his temporary A-list celebrity. At 61, he continues on his own sunny, eccentric path, performing with an effortlessly brilliant optimism that makes first-time listeners lifelong fans.

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