History Music / ToddRundgren

10th Nov '17 12:27:18 PM azul120
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Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American [[SingerSongwriter singer-songwriter]], [[IAmTheBand multi-instrumentalist]] and {{record producer}} from Philadelphia, known for his [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly eclectic, experimental style]], incredibly prolific recording and quirky sense of humour. While he's dabbled in numerous styles and has experimented a lot with his material, he largely operates within a few rock subgenres, namely: PowerPop (coincidentally, the one he made his initial name in), HardRock, ProgressiveRock, Electronic/Club and RAndB (classic [=R&B=]). His [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly mix and match musical genres]] approach, dabbling in TrueArtIsIncomprehensible, cult following and emphasis on humour has earned him occasional comparisons to Music/FrankZappa.

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Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American [[SingerSongwriter singer-songwriter]], [[IAmTheBand multi-instrumentalist]] and {{record producer}} RecordProducer from Philadelphia, known for his [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly eclectic, experimental style]], incredibly prolific recording and quirky sense of humour. While he's dabbled in numerous styles and has experimented a lot with his material, he largely operates within a few rock subgenres, namely: PowerPop (coincidentally, the one he made his initial name in), HardRock, ProgressiveRock, Electronic/Club and RAndB (classic [=R&B=]). His [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly mix and match musical genres]] approach, dabbling in TrueArtIsIncomprehensible, cult following and emphasis on humour has earned him occasional comparisons to Music/FrankZappa.
15th Oct '17 3:15:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''Deface the Music'' (1980; BritishInvasion, PsychedelicRock)

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* ''Deface the Music'' (1980; BritishInvasion, UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion, PsychedelicRock)



** Many of the songs from the first Nazz album are pretty blatantly derivative of BritishInvasion bands. Doesn't stop them from being enjoyable, though.

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** Many of the songs from the first Nazz album are pretty blatantly derivative of BritishInvasion UsefulNotes/BritishInvasion bands. Doesn't stop them from being enjoyable, though.
29th Sep '17 4:50:51 PM CassandraLeo
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* IAmTheBand: Frequently Rundgren is the only featured performer and usually produces his own material, and in many cases even engineers it as well. (Examples include, but are not limited to, the first three sides of ''Music/SomethingAnything'', ''Hermit of Mink Hollow'', ''Healing'', ''The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect'', and ''A capella'', with the last of these being a particularly strange example since every sound you hear on the album is Rundgren's voice). His bands tended to be examples of this as well, to the point where Runt's two solo albums have been released as Rundgren solo albums (and are considered as such on this very wiki), Nazz is known today mostly for being Rundgren's first band, and Utopia often performed on Rundgren solo albums as his backing band (see ''Faithful'', ''Todd'', and ''Initiation'' for examples).

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* IAmTheBand: Frequently Rundgren is the only featured performer and usually produces his own material, and in many cases even engineers it as well. (Examples include, but are not limited to, the first three sides of ''Music/SomethingAnything'', ''Hermit of Mink Hollow'', ''Healing'', ''The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect'', and ''A capella'', cappella'', with the last of these being a particularly strange example since every sound you hear on the album is Rundgren's voice). His bands tended to be examples of this as well, to the point where Runt's two solo albums have been released as Rundgren solo albums (and are considered as such on this very wiki), Nazz is known today mostly for being Rundgren's first band, and Utopia often performed on Rundgren solo albums as his backing band (see ''Faithful'', ''Todd'', and ''Initiation'' for examples).



* LoudnessWar: Mostly averted, but ''Arena'' comes in at a borderline [=DR6=].

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* LoudnessWar: Mostly averted, but ''Arena'' comes in at a borderline [=DR6=]. Some of ''White Knight'' also falls prey somewhat, though it's not too bad by modern standards.



** Live concerts usually reflect the most recent album, which leads to rearrangement of the older songs in turn. The ''A Capella'' tour is the clearest example by far, though. A recording from this tour can be found on the box set ''Can't Stop Running''.

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** Live concerts usually reflect the most recent album, which leads to rearrangement of the older songs in turn. The ''A Capella'' Cappella'' tour is the clearest example by far, though. A recording from this tour can be found on the box set ''Can't Stop Running''.
22nd Jul '17 9:00:26 AM CassandraLeo
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* FriendsWithBenefits: One common interpretation of "Hello It's Me" is that it's about this.

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* FriendsWithBenefits: One common interpretation of "Hello It's Me" is that it's about this. The main reason for this interpretation is that the chorus emphasizes, "It's important to me/That you know you are free/'Cause I'd never want to make you change for me", but one of the verses also notes, "I'll come around to see you once in awhile/Or if I ever need a reason to smile/And spend the night if you think I should", which isn't exactly consistent with the BreakUpSong interpretation sometimes applied to it. Rundgren has a pattern of subverting popular expectations of romantic relationships in his work (see Polyamory below for more examples of this).
22nd Jul '17 8:51:31 AM 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 lyrically straightforward, sincerely intended {{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 intended {{Protest Song}}s. He has other examples as well, to be fair (some famous ones include "Love Is the Answer" and much of ''Hermit of Mink Hollow''), but it'd been awhile since he'd recorded an entire album in this voice.
22nd Jul '17 8:46:28 AM CassandraLeo
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* GratuitousFrench: The reprise of "International Feel" on ''A Wizard, a True Star'' is entitled "Le Feel internacìonále".

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* GratuitousFrench: The reprise of "International Feel" on ''A Wizard, a True Star'' is entitled "Le Feel internacìonále". (This is not actual French, which is presumably deliberate; it's an international ''feel'', not an actual example of internationality.)


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* AWorldHalfFull: "Love Is the Answer" portrays the world as a rather bleak place overall; the statement in the title is presented as the reason it's not completely hopeless.
22nd Jul '17 1:37:56 AM CassandraLeo
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** ''Music/SomethingAnything''[='=]s fourth side opens with archival recordings of Rundgren's earliest bands (Money and Woody's Truck Stop, respectively) playing Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" and Junior Wells' "Messin' with the Kid".
22nd Jul '17 1:35:32 AM CassandraLeo
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* CoverAlbum: He's done two and a half.

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* CoverAlbum: He's done at least two and a half.
22nd Jul '17 1:34:58 AM CassandraLeo
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* CoverVersion:
** "Never Never Land" from the ''Theatre/PeterPan'' musical, "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" by Music/TheYardbirds, "Good Vibrations" by the Music/TheBeachBoys, "Rain" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by Music/TheBeatles, "If 6 Was 9" by Music/JimiHendrix, "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)" by Music/BobDylan, "The Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song" by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan (yes, we're not shitting you), "Two Little Hitlers" by Music/ElvisCostello, "Mighty Love" by the Spinners, "Feel It" by the Tubes (though this is partially a self-cover as Rundgren was involved in producing the original and co-wrote it, and two former members of the band appear on Rundgren's version). Several of these were performed as note-for-note covers as if they were classical music, which is the concept of the first half of ''Faithful''.
** ''Todd Rundgren's Johnson'' is an entire album of Music/RobertJohnson covers (and not [[ICallHimMrHappy what you thought it was]]), and ''(re)Production'' consists of covers of songs from albums Rundgren had previously produced.
** And with Utopia, a cover of "Do Ya" by the Move (though better known from Music/ElectricLightOrchestra's version, a rare example of an artist [[CoveredUp Covering Up]] his own song), "Something's Coming" by Music/LeonardBernstein, and "For the Love of Money" by the O'Jays. (Incidentally, the reason ELO re-recorded "Do Ya" is because a music journalist [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer confused Utopia's version for the original]], so Utopia's version could be considered to have temporarily CoveredUp the song as well).

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* CoverVersion:
CoverAlbum: He's done two and a half.
** ''Faithful''[='=]s first side features note-for-note covers of the following songs, performed as if they were classical music:
*** "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" by Music/TheYardbirds
*** "Good Vibrations" by the Music/TheBeachBoys
*** "Rain" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by Music/TheBeatles
*** "If 6 Was 9" by Music/JimiHendrix
*** "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)" by Music/BobDylan
** ''Todd Rundgren's Johnson'' is an entire album of Music/RobertJohnson covers (and not [[ICallHimMrHappy what you thought it was]]).
** ''(re)Production'' consists of covers of songs from albums Rundgren had previously produced.
* CoverVersion: A lot. Beyond the examples above under CoverAlbum:
** "Never Never Land" from the ''Theatre/PeterPan'' musical, "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" by Music/TheYardbirds, "Good Vibrations" by the Music/TheBeachBoys, "Rain" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" by Music/TheBeatles, "If 6 Was 9" by Music/JimiHendrix, "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)" by Music/BobDylan, musical (from ''A Wizard, a True Star'')
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"The Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song" by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan (yes, (from ''Todd''; yes, we're not shitting you), you)
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"Two Little Hitlers" by Music/ElvisCostello, Music/ElvisCostello (from ''Nearly Human'')
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"Mighty Love" by the Spinners, Spinners (from ''A cappella'')
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"Feel It" by the Tubes (though this is partially a self-cover as Rundgren was involved in producing the original and co-wrote it, and two former members of the band appear on Rundgren's version). Several of these were performed as note-for-note covers as if they were classical music, which is the concept of the first half of ''Faithful''.
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** ''Todd Rundgren's Johnson'' is an entire album of Music/RobertJohnson covers (and not [[ICallHimMrHappy what you thought it was]]), and ''(re)Production'' consists of covers of songs from albums Rundgren had previously produced.
** And with
With Utopia, a cover of "Do Ya" by the Move (though (on ''Another Live'', though better known from Music/ElectricLightOrchestra's version, a rare example of an artist [[CoveredUp Covering Up]] his own song), "Something's Coming" by Music/LeonardBernstein, Music/LeonardBernstein (also on ''Another Live''), and "For the Love of Money" by the O'Jays.O'Jays (on ''Swing to the Right''). (Incidentally, the reason ELO re-recorded "Do Ya" is because a music journalist [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer confused Utopia's version for the original]], so Utopia's version could be considered to have temporarily CoveredUp the song as well).


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** ''The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect'' features a cover of Music/TheSmallFaces' "Tin Soldier".
22nd Jul '17 1:27:10 AM CassandraLeo
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: From Utopia's ''Oblivion'' we have the song "Winston Smith Takes It on the Jaw", referencing the protagonist of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. ''Todd'' has "Sons of 1984", another reference to Orwell's famous novel. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell", from ''Oops! Wrong Planet'', shares its title with a Creator/WilliamBlake essay.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: From Utopia's ''Oblivion'' we have the song "Winston Smith Takes It on the Jaw", referencing the protagonist of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. ''Todd'' has "Sons of 1984", another reference to Orwell's famous novel. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell", from ''Oops! Wrong Planet'', shares its title with a Creator/WilliamBlake essay. essay, while two songs from ''Swing to the Right'' are entitled "Literature/Fahrenheit451" and "Theatre/{{Lysistrata}}".
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