Paul Mazer* (Lehman Brothers, circa 1930s)
Unexpectedly, this quote popped into my head earlier when trying to decide if I should purchase the "96 Tears" (Vinyl Lovers) l.p. by The Modern Lovers at some point. I've seen it recently behind the counter in Monorail and been tempted to buy it a coupla times but each time the nagging doubt that I didn't really need to own live or early versions of much loved Modern Lovers songs prevented me from doing so. Then, earlier tonight, @notirakaplan mentioned it in a tweet and that sent me scurrying off to YouTube to find out once and for all. When I heard this version of "96 Tears" desire turned to need:
See, I do the opposite of what corporate America wants - I buy when I need not when I desire (or so I like to kid myself!). But, come on, even the count-in is lusty and emphatic and the whole affair is groovy beyond belief. I'll bet the young Jonathan Richman would cut some serious rug while performing it and I can totally imagine Ian Svevonius blasting it in his dressing room to achieve a higher state of groovyness prior to Chain and The Gang shows. Need!