Jo Jo! I spent my first Valentine's Day with my lady love at a Jonathan Richman show at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Some people may not be as taken with Richman's persona as I am. But I'm a sucker for his blend of childish whimsy, lover-man sweetness, and blissed-out positivity. I love the Modern Lovers, too (and I should note that while Richman continued to call his band "The Modern Lovers" well into the 80s, I have a hard time thinking of them that way), but that's a different vibe.
The Best of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: The Beserkley Years (1976 - 1979). One of the first Richman albums I ever bought, collecting tracks from The Modern Lovers, plus his first four albums.