Monday, February 11, 2013

GONNA DRIVE PAST THE STOP & SHOP WITH THE RADIO ON:  There's a movement afoot to have Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" declared the official state rock song of Massachusetts.

Laura Barton, for The Guardian (UK) in 2007: "Roadrunner is one of the most magical songs in existence. It is a song about what it means to be young, and behind the wheel of an automobile, with the radio on and the night and the highway stretched out before you. It is a paean to the modern world, to the urban landscape, to the Plymouth Roadrunner car, to roadside restaurants, neon lights, suburbia, the highway, the darkness, pine trees and supermarkets. As Greil Marcus put it in his book Lipstick Traces: 'Roadrunner was the most obvious song in the world, and the strangest.'"

Still, there's a lot of contenders out there -- the Dropkick Murphys' "Shipping Up To Boston," The Pixies' "U-Mass," Juliana Hatfield's "Feeling Massachusetts," The Bee Gees' "Massachusetts" ...


  1. bill.5:25 PM

    Roadrunner is nice. I'd like to nominate House Party by the great Boston band, J. Geils, because that sounds like a state that wants visitors to have a good time.

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  3. What, not even a sarcastic mention of "Sweet Caroline" as a contender?

  4. J. Bowman9:11 PM

    Yeah, but so many of these just talk about Boston, as though it is the Only Thing In Massachusetts. This isn't Illinois, for Pete's Sake.

    How about "Sweet Baby James?" It at least mentions western Mass.

  5. J. Bowman9:14 PM

    Yes, I posted that, despite the fact that three of the four mentioned songs are not about Boston. Disqus needs a delete button!

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  7. How about MTA by the Kingston Trio?