Update 07-Nov-2012: Join the Facebook campaign to Make Roadrunner Massachusetts' Rock Song

Update 19-Dec-2013: Joyce Linehan's Testimony in support of HB.3573, An Act designating “Roadrunner” as the official rock song of the Commonwealth

In case it's not familiar, the title "Faster Miles an Hour" comes from the song "Roadrunner" by Boston's Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. The song came out in the early '70's and is still considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time (ranked #269 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time).

Some writers, including the author of this glowing article in the Guardian have called it "the first punk record" and "rock's most thrilling song". I don't know about all that, but I certainly knew about the song back in the late '70's and early '80's. I always liked the unique count-off at the beginning "one two three four five six"...

Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive to the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on at night
And me in love with modern moonlight
Me in love with modern rock & roll
Modern girls and modern rock & roll
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner 

I was re-introduced to the song during Bill Janovitz' residency and it reminded me about what is so great about the Boston music scene. Just as in the days of it's origin, the song still describes to me a love of modern rock music; specifically in the Boston area.

While the meaning of "modern" rock music has evolved over the years, I still have the same feeling when driving home after a rock show and often hear the song in my head. This blog is about that feeling...

Nov, 2009