Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Natural Kind Of Jonathan


As promised, here's a selection of Jonathan Richman songs with a natural feel to them. Some of them may be a bit tenuous as fas ar this week's theme is concerned but all of them are a joy to listen to - at least I think so. If you don't feel up to listening to the whole list, all I ask is that you at least listen to the first two tracks. The first (Man Walks Among Us) is the most perfect song imaginable for this weeks' theme. It may not be a Jonathan original but it has Jonathan's unique personality shining out of every note and every word. The second (Monologue About Bermuda) is a live version of a song which sourpus recommended over on RR, called Down In Bermuda. This version is certainly some distance from fitting the theme but if it doesn't bother me I don't see why it should bother you. Listen to the monologue and try not to smile...

9 comments:

debbym said...

I have spent sooo much time chasing his songs up since you and sourpus starting praising Jonathan Richman so often. Thanks to both of you for whetting my appetite, I only knew Roadrunner and Walk Like an Egyptian before!

FP said...

Enjoyed this very much. cheers!

steenbeck said...

I'm sorry it's too late to dond, because I enjoyed your list very much. Thanks.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ debbym - glad you liked it - small Point of Order m'Lady:

Walk Like An Egyptian = The Bangles
Egyptian Reggae = Jonathan Richman

@ fp - thought you would

@ steenbeck - it's never to late to dond! Noms stop at midday on Monday - the dond goes ever on.............

sourpus said...

Pure class - what else can I say? Thanks indeed.

sourpus said...

Actually, I know what else I can say...many of these songs I havent heard before, since I foolishly stopped buying every single album religiously as I did in the Eighties, and Toffee I thank you for this terrific collection. Its snowing here in Budapest, bigtime and its just the right time of day (Is there any such thing really?) to listen to songs like this. This guy is like medicine to me - he will pick up my mood again and again. Jonathan = Joy.

Really enjoying every track. Monologue about Bermuda is so great I almost cant say - I read Tim Mitchell's unauthorised biography ages ago which told me all the facts surrounding the ML's trip to Bermuda, but it's nothing like the fun to be had listening to this. 'That Summer Feeling', the original version, sounds even better here than on my treasured vinyl copy.

I was having a bit of a crapish morning - now im sailing above the office like a magic carpet.

Consider your post a job well done.
As Jonathan would say, this is "way cool".

sourpus said...

Im still listening, trying to work at the same time - then up comes 'The Desert'...oh man! I hadnt heard that song in years and years and it actually brought a lump to my throat to hear it...just wonderful.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ sourpus - well, what can I say? It's an absolute delight to me to share Jonathan's music with someone who appreciates it so much. If I'm ever in Budapest or you're ever in Watford, I think we could easily spend a day or two just listening to the joys of Jojo!

I actually hadn't heard The Desert for a while either. The monologue makes me giggle like a small boy every time I hear it - it's the next best thing to seeing Jonathan live.

My Love Is A Flower is another track that I wouldn't have picked out as one of my favourites but it really stands out here I think.

Let's hope that Rob's a fan - I'd love to see something from this list on the A List - Man Walks Among Us fits best...

debbym said...

@ TB
I stand corrected!!