Sunday 7 February 2021

The death of fun

Long before Coronavirus I think Jonathan Richman was onto something when he said people would rather watch TV than hear a real person sing; for all his whimsy and clownlike goofiness, in 'USA Parties' Richman documents the rapid decline in fun and dearth of parties & encapsulates it beautifully in a tight 60s homage to both 'Louie Louie' and 'Hang on Sloopy'. In this miserable post-Brexit, Covid world we currently find ourselves in I think we could all do with Jonathan Richman in our lives right now. 

"People are moving to California who hate the beach and things, 

 I think they'd rather watch TV than hear a real person sing."

Jonathan Richman - Parties in the USA (1992)


  1. Yes, he saw the shape of things to come, sadly.

    1. There's a great line in Joe Jackson's Is She Really Going Out With Him? when he sings 'Tonight's the night when I go to all the parties down my street.' That's always resonated with me; a time when. seemingly, there was always a party going on somewhere.

    2. Reminds me of a Billy Connolly story - In the Glasgow of his youth you just walked the streets listening for parties in the tenements. You made up a common name and said they’d told you to go on up. Same everywhere I expect.