The Modern Lovers

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Boston-based band (1970–1974) formed by Jonathan Richman, recorded two studio albums (actually demos) which remained unreleased until 1976 and 1981.

For the reunited band with different line-up that existed from 1976 to 1988, see Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.

After graduating from high school in 1969, Jonathan Richman relocated to New York City. Totally infatuated with the sound of the Velvet Underground, Richman made his entrée to New York with a couple of weeks sleeping on Velvets manager Steve Sesnick's sofa, and afterward moved into the rodent-infested Hotel Albert. After nine months in New York, Richman decided he'd had enough. Back home, Richman swiftly organized a band with childhood friend John Felice (guitar), David Robinson (drums, later of The Cars), and Rolfe Anderson (bass). The Modern Lovers played their first date in September 1970, barely a month after Richman's return.