Weymouth: “What a fantastic band! They were amazing in so many ways. I’m so sorry that Jonathan Richman didn’t stick with it. But I’m glad for us, because we got to work with Jerry Harrison, who was in the Modern Lovers before he went to the Talking Heads.
“During the making of their first album, the one produced by John Cale that was really supposed to be a demo for Warner Brothers, Jonathan was freaking out, and not in a good way. Jerry ended up playing a lot of the guitar parts. He's always been so talented.”
Frantz: “Having worked very closely with Jerry Harrison over many years, I happen to know that The Modern Lovers were really into The Stooges. People always think, Oh, The Modern Lovers, they were into The Velvet Underground, which they were, but they were equally excited by the prototypical punk rock of The Stooges.
“What they liked about The Stooges was their sense of rhythm. If you listen to Stooges songs like No Fun and 1969, there’s almost a Bo Diddley thing going on there, a syncopation. It’s not about everything being right on the beat; there’s a lot of cross-rhythms. I know that The Modern Lovers were very interested in all of this. They were the quiet side of punk, but they could certainly be aggressive
“Their song Roadrunner is a classic. Being that I’m in New England, I often start off my radio show with it. There’s no truer a song about riding around New England in your car than Roadrunner.”