Massachusetts Bill Aims to Make Modern Lovers’ ‘Roadrunner’ Official State Rock Song

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The Modern Lovers’ classic “Roadrunner” may proclaim in its lyrics that it’s “in love with Massachusetts,” but does the state love it back? At least, enough to make it the official state song? That’s what former Lemonheads manager Joyce Linehan and Massachusetts Representative Marty Walsh hope to accomplish with their new bill.

Linehan thought of the idea for the bill during her work with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. She told the Boston Phoenix that it would be “the first order of business after we got Senator Warren elected.”

There’s already a Facebook page dedicated to the bill, which would make “Roadrunner” the official rock song of Massachusetts. As of Wednesday morning (February 20), the page had 1,350 likes and counting. The Bay State already has official folk (Arlo Guthrie’s “Massachusetts”) and polka (“Say Hello to Someone From Massachusetts”), so why not inject some rock and roll into the catalog?

Linehan and Walsh actually do have a pretty strong case to make “Roadrunner” the official state song. Writer Jonathan Richman is a native of Natick and wrote the song (and several others) all about growing up in the Commonwealth, and it references many Boston-area landmarks and institutions. Oh, and it’s No. 274 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time, so it’s not only well-known in Massachusetts.

– Matt Dolloff, 100.7 WZLX

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