Jonathan Richman wrote this two-chord garage anthem in his father's car in 1972. During the summer of 1977 when Punk and New Wave music were finding a wider audience in Britain, this song became a hit.
Richman and his band The Modern Lovers recorded a collection of songs including this one in 1973. However problems with their label blocked the songs' release until 1976.
Among the Modern Lovers playing on this song were keyboard player Jerry Harrison who later joined Talking Heads and drummer David Robinson, who later joined The Cars. The producer was Velvet Underground member John Cale.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Songs, Richman was obsessed with the Velvet Underground. When he started his own band, he rewrote the Velvets' "Sister Ray" into this song.
Peter From Nz from Wellington New Zealand Heard once that there was something unusual about the beat/timing in this song? But I could be completely wrong! Also love the chaotic Sex Pistols version of this.
Jim from North Billerica, Ma128 refers to route 128, which is a major highway that loops around the Boston area. The Stop 'n' Shop is a local Grocery Store chain.
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."