- Pablo Picasso (song)
"Pablo Picasso" is a song written by
Jonathan Richmanfor Richman's proto punkgroup The Modern Lovers.
The song was recorded in early 1972, at Whitney Studios in Los Angeles, with producer John Cale, but was not released until 1976, on the Modern Lovers' self-titled debut album. The recording featured Richman (lead guitar, vocals), Ernie Brooks (second guitar),
Jerry Harrison(bass) and David Robinson (drums), with Cale playing the repetitive hammered piano part. [cite book
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The central character of the song is the charismatic 20th Century artist
Pablo Picasso. The phrase "Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole" is repeated throughout the song. [ [http://wc04.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=33:difwxqqaldje Allmusic.com "Pablo Picasso" review] . Accessed August 15, 2007.]
elected list of recorded versions
The Modern Lovers, not released until 1976 on "The Modern Lovers"
John Cale, on his album "Helen of Troy"
Burning Sensationson the " Repo Man" soundtrack
Phranc's version of the song substitutes Gertrude Steinas the central character; it appears on her album " Positively Phranc"
Arms of Kismet, on the album ""
David Bowie, on his album "Reality"; a live version recorded at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London on 8 September 2003was released on the 'Tour Edition' of "Reality"
John Cale, on his live album " Circus Live"
Appearances in popular culture
indiepopband, The Television Personalities, on a song entitled "An Exhibition By Joan Miró", pay tribute to the Richman song, with the lyrics, "Better than Picasso/Picasso was an asshole."
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