Maureen Tucker and Jonathan Richman : I’m Sticking With You
It wasn’t long after the Modern Lovers split before Jonathan was back in the studio to record this duet with Moe Tucker on February 24, 1974. The session was organised by Steve Sesnick (the VU’s then ex-manager who had put up Jonathan when he first moved to New York) and features Willie Alexander (keyboards, backing vocals) and Walter Powers (bass) who had both played in a post-Lou incarnation of the VU with Moe, George Nardo (guitar) and Jim Wilkins (drums).
It sounds like it was a lot of fun to record and is fun to listen to. The song may have been a significant choice - Lou Reed had written many dark favorites of Jonathan, but had mellowed by the time he wrote this fun ditty. Sesnick arranged a gig to coincide with the recording and although Moe attended, she did not perform.
The original plan was to release the track as a single, but it was shelved until 1980 when Boston label Varulven, run by self-proclaimed Count Joe Viglione put it out as a 7”, the A-side credited to ‘Maureen Tucker & Freinds’, with a B-side featuring The Count but no Jonathan or Moe (Cat no. Varvuren 805 111). It was reissued as a 12” EP in 1985 (Valvuren VAR11D) with four new tracks, none featuring Jonathan. Both issues are hard to find.
The VU version of the song was not released until the out-takes LP ‘VU’ came out in 1985 (modernlovers.com).
(Source : localgod, via womenwithguitars)