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|Jonathan Richman Story|
The idea in the air that I picked up was screw the rock establishment and DO IT YOURSELF. I had bought a tape recorder in 1973 with the idea of recording my guitar and some spoken word things. What exactly, I didn't really know.
At that time there was a comedian in Boston called Michael Fremer who did commercials for record stores that were parodies and barbs at rock icons. I took that as a template. People always said I was funny so I thought let's see if I'm funny to people who don't know me. I had a compulsion to do something and I didn't even know why…I just HAD to do something.
I sent a tape to Oedipus. He played one of the bits. I couldn't believe it. I continued to send things and he would selectively play bits. I would sign different names like Paul 'the Magistar Loony' Lovell having just read The Magistar Ludi by Herman Hesse. One time I signed 'Blowfish' Lovell. For some reason I was calling everyone a blowfish at work when they would say something I didn't agree with. Oedipus introduced me that way. I figured well he said it, that's my punk name -Blowfish.
During this time I sent a parody of the Boston Groupie News to Miss Lyn. The next issue she used some of my jokes. She sent me a letter, and invited me to join the staff (basically just her) because she wanted to make it bigger. I did. We did the BGN up until 1983.
In 1977 I meet Joe' Count' Viglione. I said I wanted to put out a record of some of my bits that Oedipus was playing. He said he would like to put it on his label -Varulven. I pressed 500 copies of Blowfish In The New Wave. Almost half ended up in California and thanks to Joe 50 in France.
I also joined the Count's band The August Phenomenon playing guitar. We played for a few years at The Rat, The Paradise, and in Worcester.
The Late Riser's Club had started on WMBR and they were playing my EP. Tom Lane the producer thought I would be a good addition to the group of DJ's and asked me to join. I got my license and was the LRC Wednesday DJ for a few years.
Oedipus would do the news for me. The show then was 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. I would come in around 7:30 Am to get ready and Oedipus would be sleeping on the couch having been up all night clubbing.
I would also work for Oedipus on WBCN when he did his Nocturnal Emissions show. I would produce bits, drop ins and do the station ID's with the guests like Patti Smith, Ramons, Squeeze,Devo, The Police, and The Cars.
At this point I was doing much too much and was burning out. I just didn't have time to sleep. So, I quit the show. On the air I got kidnapped and shot. It was a very exciting show done by Greg Reibman who had DJ's and punkers on the scene calling in the whole scenario…but that's a whole story unto itself.
Around this time I also did some things for Boston Rock magazine.
I also produced (paid for) the Willie Loco single called 'Gin'.
I wasn't long before I got asked again to do a show on WLYN (now WFNX). They had a lot of watts and I could play what I want so I said yes and did "This Is Pop". Joan McNulty picked the music. My co-hosts were Albert O (WBCN), Peter Choyce (WMBR) and Bradley J (WBCN). The situation was very unstable there so after a year and a half (around 1981) I was gone.
The Late Riser's asked me back so some time 1982-84 I covered holidays for them.
I produced three songs at this point for the Fabulous Billigoons that came out great. Around 1985 I did a series of bits for Bradley J when he covered the morning shift on WBCN.
Now 2002 I have some photos on some CD's like The Mighty Ions, Unnatural Axe, and soon All Or Nothing. I have been doing some promos for the Late Risers Club and did a show in May. My latest bit is the WBZ parody to be heard for the first time here on this site.