500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Modern Lovers, 'Roadrunner'
Writer: Jonathan Richman
Producer: John Cale
Released: Oct. '76, Beserkley
Did not chart
Boston native Richman was obsessed with the Velvet Underground; when he started his own band, he rewrote the Velvets' "Sister Ray" into an ecstatic two-chord tribute to cruising down the highway with the radio on. This 1972 recording (featuring future members of Talking Heads and the Cars) wasn’t released for more than three years – whereupon English punks fell in love with it.
Appears on: The Modern Lovers (Rhino)