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Live at the Longbranch Saloon.

Mostly from a 1971 Berkeley show, back when Jonathan Richman wasn't just odd but unbelievable: a pudgy world-class guitarist trumpeting naivete as the fount of all values. The most perfect moment here, though, comes from a 1971 or '72 show at Harvard. "I think this song is one of the worst songs that I've ever heard in my whole life," guitarist John Felice says, introducing "Wake Up Sleepyheads." "Thank you, John," says Richman. "It's really disgusting," Felice continues, "and I really don't want to play on it, but they're making me." "You like the chord changes," Richman says. "I like the chord changes," Felice admits, "but the words are horrible." "That's OK," Richman finishes. "I sing the words, so it's alright." "But I hate the song--"
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Title Annotation:Fan Club/New Rose, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France
Author:Marcus, Greil
Publication:Artforum International
Article Type:Concert Review
Date:Jan 1, 1994
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