I don't know what that dipsh*t is talking about in his blurb on the sleeve (right). NEAR definitive? Jonathan Richman's "Roadrunner" is as definitive a cruising song from the '70s as could possibly exist, and it looks like a Mass. legislative committee will move along a bill to make it our official state rock song. At Thursday's hearing, nobody showed up to testify in behalf of declared competitor "Dream On," about which I will not comment. Anyway, how could you not vote for a song that namechecks Howard Johnson's, Route 128 and Stop & Shop?
How many of us who grew up around here have had that moment of driving around late at night with the radio on (probably tuned to WBCN) and having Richman come on singing about driving around late at night with the radio on? Ultimately, "Roadrunner" is about transcendence, that joyous feeling when what poet Richard Hugo called "the tortured try of local drivers to accelerate their lives" just might work.
The bill is co-sponsored by state rep turned Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, and has been masterminded by his adviser, Boston arts publicist Joyce Linehan. Her testimony on behalf of "Roadrunner" yesterday is here. If you like what you read, let your state rep know, especially if they're on the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.