Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman
Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman
Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman

I, Jonathan is the fourth solo album by Jonathan Richman, released by the Rounder Records label in 1992. 

As the founder of influential protopunk band The Modern Lovers, Richman had strived to convey authentic emotions and storytelling with his music. I, Jonathan continued this aesthetic with simple and sparse rock and roll arrangements, and straightforward lyrics about mundane topics.

Songs on the album addressed topics such as backyard parties (Parties in the U.S.A), memories of neighborhoods in which Richman had lived (Rooming House on Venice Beach and Twilight in Boston) and his admiration of his primary musical inspiration, the Velvet Underground (Velvet Underground). The latter song includes a brief interlude of the Velvet Underground song, Sister Ray.

The album helped increase Richman's cultural profile, which would include a 1993 appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in which Richman performed one of the album's songs, I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar.

Jonathan Richman

I, Jonathan

Craft Recordings
Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman
LP +

£29.99

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White with Blue Splatter

Rough Trade Exclusive
Limited to 500 copies
Released 17/11/2023Catalogue Number

CR07158W

Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman
LP

£27.99

Black
Released 17/11/2023Catalogue Number

CR00283

Jonathan Richman

I, Jonathan

Craft Recordings
Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman
LP +

£29.99

exclusive

White with Blue Splatter

Rough Trade Exclusive
Limited to 500 copies
Released 17/11/2023Catalogue Number

CR07158W

Album artwork for I, Jonathan by Jonathan Richman
LP

£27.99

Black
Released 17/11/2023Catalogue Number

CR00283

I, Jonathan is the fourth solo album by Jonathan Richman, released by the Rounder Records label in 1992. 

As the founder of influential protopunk band The Modern Lovers, Richman had strived to convey authentic emotions and storytelling with his music. I, Jonathan continued this aesthetic with simple and sparse rock and roll arrangements, and straightforward lyrics about mundane topics.

Songs on the album addressed topics such as backyard parties (Parties in the U.S.A), memories of neighborhoods in which Richman had lived (Rooming House on Venice Beach and Twilight in Boston) and his admiration of his primary musical inspiration, the Velvet Underground (Velvet Underground). The latter song includes a brief interlude of the Velvet Underground song, Sister Ray.

The album helped increase Richman's cultural profile, which would include a 1993 appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in which Richman performed one of the album's songs, I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar.