I have one Jonathan Richman/Modern Lovers album. It's a compilation and while I'm not particularly impressed by most of it -- "Government Center" is a great song and due to my experience with a Joan Jett Greatest Hits CD, I will probably choke someone before letting myself listen to any version of "roadrunner -- this song is great. Everything about it just so absolutely sweet that I haven't been able to get over it. Enjoy.
The new Stephen Merritt compilation Obscurities has a great b-side on it. "Rats in the Garbage of the Western World" originally appeared on the "All the Umbrellas in London" 7-inch. Now, the Magnetic Fields' Get Lost (the album off which that track is a single) is one of my favorite Stephin Merritt release, and "All The Umbrellas in London" is one of my favorite tracks, and not just off the album. So, I'm not surprised at how great this track is. Dark, chaotic and openly gay synth-pop is -- or was, as it seems -- Merritt's forte and damn if he isn't right on key here.