Jonathan Richman to Play Off Broadway: Here Are His Five Best Songs
When I Dance
This song was originally recorded with the Modern Lovers in 1986. Then in 1998, Richman tapped fellow Bostonian, Ric Ocasek, to produce the album I'm So Confused, which featured mostly new material and a couple revisitations of older Richman tunes. Ocasek's influence is noticeable right off the bat, as Richman's breezy strumming hovers over slithering, new wave synths.
Vincent Van Gogh
Here Richman pays tribute to post-impressionist painter, Van Gogh. This makes sense, too, because you can often hear Van Gogh's influence on Richman's work. Richman is a master at creating coarse beauty with emotional honesty, the same way Van Gogh was able to convey these concepts with the colors in his paintings.