I really don't think anyone does what Jonathan does. He reminds me of Daniel Johnston in the way that he's affected by other art, but he doesn't seem to process it the way most people do. He just sees things and puts it through his own unique filter and it comes out great. Spanish guitar, romance languages, '50s rock 'n' roll--who else is influenced by this stuff today?
Anyway, I love him. Thanks, Jonathan Richman, for being my website's namesake.