As a chef might say, I have absolutely zero idea of the true provenance of the clip below, but I randomly stumbled upon it while searching for Modern Lovers ephemera on Tumblr. I wrote a needlessly lengthy piece on the great Modern Lovers here a while back, but in a nutshell, I’m solidly of the opinion that their first album is one of the greatest examples of primal rock n' roll ever recorded. I realize I’m not going off on any limbs by asserting that, but I’d suggest that it bears repeating. Stop listening to that yawnsome bullshit you call rock n’ roll and go buy it.
Anyway, whether you’re a fan of Jonathan Richman’s seminal band or not, the clip below – a striking, black n’ white hodgepodge of storied NYC locales ranging from Max’s Kansas City on lower Park Avenue through to Madison Square to CBGB on the Bowery and over to the Chelsea Hotel all circa the gritty mid-70’s (not unlike the Stones’ clip for “Rocks Off” from a couple of years earlier) – is well worth a look. Not sure how much the actual Modern Lovers have to do with it (being ostensibly a Boston band), but whatever.
Plus, “She Cracked” rocks like no other. Turn it up.