History Music / ToddRundgren

13th May '17 4:10:39 PM nombretomado
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He is also known for being an [[FollowTheLeader early adopter and innovator]] in the domains of {{Music Video}}s and use of computers: his video for "Time Heals" was one of the first to be aired on {{MTV}}, he developed one of the first computer paint programs for the Apple II, Utopia Graphics System, way back in 1981, he was an early adopter of the desktop video program Video Toaster[[note]]the same hardware responsible for most of the CGI in ''Series/BabylonFive''[[/note]] for Amiga in TheNineties, and was one of the first people to distribute his work online, long before iTunes or even Napster, through a subscription service, [=PatroNet=], in the mid-nineties.

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He is also known for being an [[FollowTheLeader early adopter and innovator]] in the domains of {{Music Video}}s and use of computers: his video for "Time Heals" was one of the first to be aired on {{MTV}}, Creator/{{MTV}}, he developed one of the first computer paint programs for the Apple II, Utopia Graphics System, way back in 1981, he was an early adopter of the desktop video program Video Toaster[[note]]the same hardware responsible for most of the CGI in ''Series/BabylonFive''[[/note]] for Amiga in TheNineties, and was one of the first people to distribute his work online, long before iTunes or even Napster, through a subscription service, [=PatroNet=], in the mid-nineties.
7th Apr '17 6:22:15 PM CassandraLeo
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* SincerityMode: After a string of several albums where a lot of songs had multiple intended meanings that often differed from their surface interpretations, ''Global'' consists almost entirely of straightforward, sincerely meant {{Protest Song}}s.

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* SincerityMode: After a string of several albums where a lot of songs had multiple intended meanings that often differed from their surface interpretations, ''Global'' consists almost entirely of lyrically straightforward, sincerely meant intended {{Protest Song}}s.
7th Apr '17 6:21:51 PM CassandraLeo
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* SincerityMode: After a string of several albums where a lot of songs had multiple intended meanings that often differed from their surface interpretations, ''Global'' consists almost entirely of straightforward, sincerely meant {{Protest Song}}s.
7th Apr '17 6:20:02 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Autotune}}: Used sparingly in "Afterlife".

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* {{Autotune}}: Used sparingly in "Afterlife". Also done in the verses of "Sir Reality" to emphasize the artificiality of the concepts Rundgren is denouncing.
1st Apr '17 3:51:33 AM Doug86
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* PopStarComposer: He scored ''DumbAndDumber''.

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* PopStarComposer: He scored ''DumbAndDumber''.''Film/DumbAndDumber''.
15th Mar '17 1:16:08 AM CassandraLeo
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* DoubleEntendre: It's extremely uncommon for any of Todd's recent songs to have only one meaning. As an example, "Angry Bird" might just seem to be a silly song about a silly mobile phone game, but Rundgren has noted that "the basis for the War on Women is also the basis for the game ''VideoGame/AngryBirds''. Some pigs ate trying to control the reproduction of the birds." Some metaphors are less silly than this, and some aren't even metaphors at all (many songs have other meanings that aren't based on metaphors), but it's rare for the surface meaning of a song to be its only one.

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* DoubleEntendre: It's extremely uncommon for any of Todd's recent songs to have only one meaning. As an example, "Angry Bird" might just seem to be a silly song about a silly mobile phone game, but Rundgren has noted that "the basis for the War on Women is also the basis for the game ''VideoGame/AngryBirds''. Some pigs ate are trying to control the reproduction of the birds." Some metaphors are less silly than this, and some aren't even metaphors at all (many songs have other meanings that aren't based on metaphors), but it's rare for the surface meaning of a song to be its only one.



** "Song of the Viking" and "An Elpee's Worth of Toons" are both GilbertAndSullivan pastiches.

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** "Song of the Viking" and Viking", "An Elpee's Worth of Toons" Toons", and "Frogs" are both all GilbertAndSullivan pastiches.



* PatterSong: "Song of the Viking", "An Elpee's Worth of Toons", "The Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song". The first two of these are tributes to Music/GilbertAndSullivan, who wrote the latter (and are pretty much the TropeCodifier).

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* PatterSong: "Song of the Viking", "An Elpee's Worth of Toons", "Frogs", "The Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song". The first two three of these are tributes to Music/GilbertAndSullivan, who wrote the latter (and are pretty much the TropeCodifier).
15th Mar '17 12:15:00 AM CassandraLeo
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* DoubleEntendre: It's extremely uncommon for any of Todd's recent songs to have only one meaning. As an example, "Angry Bird" might just seem to be a silly song about a silly mobile phone game, but Rundgren has noted that "the basis for the War on Women is also the basis for the game ''VideoGame/AngryBirds''. Some pigs ate trying to control the reproduction of the birds." Some metaphors are less silly than this, and some aren't even metaphors at all (many songs have other meanings that aren't based on metaphors), but it's rare for the surface meaning of a song to be its only one.



** Despite this, some of his songs can also verge into... well, NotChristianRock might not be the correct territory, but "Something from Nothing" is about having faith in ''something'' (which could just as easily be an abstract concept such as justice rather than a deity), and some of his other songs explore spirituality from a serious ("Fair Warning", "Initiation", most of ''Healing'') or not that serious ("Eastern Intrigue") perspective.

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** Despite this, some of his songs can also verge into... well, NotChristianRock might not be the correct territory, but "Something from Nothing" is about having faith in ''something'' (which could just as easily be an abstract concept such as justice rather than a deity), and some deity). On the ''other'' hand, an intended interpretation of the song is to ask whether, if all one has is faith, it is possible to know anything for certain. There's rarely only one meaning to any of Todd's songs. Some of his other songs explore spirituality from a serious ("Fair Warning", "Initiation", most of ''Healing'') or not that serious ("Eastern Intrigue") perspective.
13th Mar '17 10:44:47 PM CassandraLeo
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* ProtestSong: Todd began moving more into this during TheEighties, with songs like Utopia's cover of "For the Love of Money", "Swing to the Right", "Flesh", "Johnee Jingo", and later on, just about all of ''No World Order'' and ''Liars'', as well as parts of ''Arena'', ''State'', and ''Global''.

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* ProtestSong: Todd began moving more into this during TheEighties, with songs like Utopia's cover of "For the Love of Money", "Swing to the Right", "Flesh", "Johnee Jingo", and later on, just about all of ''No World Order'' Order'', ''The Individualist'', and ''Liars'', as well as parts of ''Arena'', ''State'', and ''Global''.



* ReligionRantSong: "God Said", "Fascist Christ", "Afterlife", "Mammon"...

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* ReligionRantSong: "God Said", "Fascist Christ", "Family Values", "Afterlife", "Mammon"...
13th Mar '17 10:38:43 PM CassandraLeo
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* BlatantLies: The verses of "Sir Reality" are a mixture of obvious falsehoods ("no one ever lies", "the ocean has no salt") and various beliefs Todd is implicitly attacking by association (including gender essentialism - "Girls are girls and boys are boys" - and SocialDarwinism - "the rich deserve to be").

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* BlatantLies: The verses of "Sir Reality" are a mixture of obvious falsehoods ("no one ever lies", "the ocean has no salt") and various beliefs Todd is implicitly attacking by association (including gender essentialism - "Girls are girls and boys are boys" - and SocialDarwinism - "lack is all your fault", "the rich deserve to be").be"). This is done in so few words as to be almost awe-inspiring to those who agree with his stances.
13th Mar '17 10:37:17 PM CassandraLeo
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* BlatantLies: The verses of "Sir Reality" are a mixture of obvious falsehoods ("no one ever lies", "the ocean has no salt") and various beliefs Todd is implicitly attacking by association (including gender essentialism - "Girls are girls and boys are boys" - and SocialDarwinism - "the rich deserve to be").
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