I was flicking through the channels the other day during one of the many commercial breaks that accompany Sky Sports coverage of the Ryder Cup when I discovered that one of the movie channels was showing There's Something About Mary.
Now besides from being a fairly funny film - Ben Stiller usually makes me laugh y'see - the appearance of Jonathan Richman makes it a firm favourite in Villain Towers.
The passing of time means I've now forgiven Jonathan for a truly awful live appearance in Glasgow a couple of years back - one of the first gig reviews I ever posted on TVV right here - and if and when he does come back, I suppose the lesson is to get there when the doors open, just in case.
I've a fair few of his recordings over what is now something like a 35 year career, and I'll willingly admit that some of it is a bit patchy. But there's an awful lot to love than hate about one of Boston's favourites sons.
Jonathan never made any secret of the fact that he was motivated to make it as a musician when he discovered Velvet Underground, and in 1992, he wrote and recorded a tribute to his favourite band:-
mp3 : Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Velvet Underground
By an amazing coincidence, the same year saw the release of this great single:-
mp3 : The Rockingbirds - Jonathan Jonathan
Yup. a tribute to Mr Richman recorded by a UK country-rock band who never quite got beyond cult status. Read more about The Rockingbirds here.
And while I'm here, I may as well post the only other single I own by the band as it is rather lovely:-
mp3 : The Rockingbirds - Gradually Learning
Oh and the video for Gradually Learning is available at The Video Villain