posted at 4/5/2013 1:44 AM EDT
"Roadrunner" should be the Commonwealth's offcial Rock n' Roll song since it captures the energy and spirit of our area, and bridges the early days of the Bosstown Sound with the music of today.
"Roadrunner's" roots are in "muddy water" and the Boston Tea Party, but it proved to be one of the most influential songs in rock, lauching successive waves of new talent. Not true for the competing song, "Dream On," a bland, album-oriented rock tune that is lazy and forgettable.
Countless musicians cite Richman as an influence. Aerosmith appeals to music consumers. Not a bad thing, but Boston is a creative place, and, in my book, a song that reflects that heritage gets the honors.
Richman pays tribute to Boston in many songs. Listen to: "The Fenway," "Girlfriend," "Lonely Financial Zone," "Government Center," "Modern World," "Twilight in Boston," "Fly into the Mystery" and "New England."
Most important, while Aerosmith is a generic, corporate rock band, the Modern Lovers present a unique, immediately-identifiable voice. The official Rock n' Roll song needs to cut through modern blandness. Indianapolis or Phoenix can have "Dream On," since it works as well there as here. Not Roadrunner: it can only be from Bosstown.
"Roadrunner" is the right choice: run with it.