History YMMV / ToddRundgren

7th Nov '17 1:16:42 PM ComposerAri
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "You Left Me Sore". At the time the song was written, getting an STI was embarrassing but not exactly life-threatening. The HIV scare changed that.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "You Left Me Sore". At the time the song was written, getting an STI was embarrassing but not exactly life-threatening. The HIV scare epidemic changed that.


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** The song takes on an even more frightening dimension when taking into account the reactions of the bystanders to the eponymous carousel's destruction-- while "the children all cried" due to their innocent outlook on the world, "the old ladies sighed" and "the rest of us lied," implying that humanity is inherently either too cynical or in denial about disasters of our own making, resulting in an overall lack of action, thus leading to the repetition of horrific events.
11th Sep '17 11:23:50 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TooSoon: ''Deface the Music'' had the misfortune of coming out just after the assassination of Music/JohnLennon. It was doomed. This wasn't the band's fault, of course, because it had been recorded beforehand.
22nd Jul '17 8:53:19 AM CassandraLeo
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* TearJerker: He has quite a few. "Bag Lady", "Can We Still Be Friends?", "Honest Work", and "Tiny Demons" are some particularly obvious examples.

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* TearJerker: He has quite a few. "Bag Lady", "Bread", "Can We Still Be Friends?", "Honest Work", and "Tiny Demons" Demons", and "Love Is the Answer" are some particularly obvious examples.
16th Jul '17 3:31:20 PM Ezclee4050
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* FairForItsDay: Some of Rundgren's '70s material can come across this way to modern audiences. For example, the melody, performance, and arrangement of "You Don't Have to Camp Around" make it clear that it's intended to be a light-hearted ribbing, but the lyrics are likely to come across as fairly homophobic to modern audiences. Rundgren's later work generally averts this, although some songs play on the irony of his being a white man singing some sentiments that are rather... strange for a white man to sing (particularly on ''Liars'', where several songs have intended interpretations that are at odds with the sentiments they express on the surface).

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Some of Rundgren's '70s material can come across this way to modern audiences. For example, the melody, performance, and arrangement of "You Don't Have to Camp Around" make it clear that it's intended to be a light-hearted ribbing, but the lyrics are likely to come across as fairly homophobic to modern audiences. Rundgren's later work generally averts this, although some songs play on the irony of his being a white man singing some sentiments that are rather... strange for a white man to sing (particularly on ''Liars'', where several songs have intended interpretations that are at odds with the sentiments they express on the surface).surface).
** "We Gotta Get You a Woman" is sometimes called misogynistic because of the line "They may be stupid but they sure are fun", but the lines preceding it are "We better get walkin', we're wastin' time talkin' now. Talkin' 'bout things about that special one." It's not saying that women are stupid, but that men ''talking about'' women instead of actually ''meeting'' women is fun but pointless.
28th May '17 2:08:05 PM CassandraLeo
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** Utopia's version of the Move's "Do Ya" was better known than the original for a time, which led to Jeff Lynne deciding to re-record it with Music/ElectricLightOrchestra (Lynne was the central member of ELO, a member of the Move, and the author of the song). ELO's version is now by far the most famous version.
13th Mar '17 10:40:51 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''State'' is overall a rather uneven album, but even its weaker parts are still good fun, and the song "Sir Reality" stands out as an all-time career highlight and quite possibly the finest ProtestSong Todd has ever written, both because it says more in fewer words than any of his previous protest songs, and also because it's simply one of the most beautiful songs in his entire catalogue.
12th Mar '17 8:51:01 PM CassandraLeo
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: He has many. The ClusterFBomb on "Flaw" (sung in a blue-eyed soul style, no less!) is definitely a prime example of this trope.
12th Mar '17 8:48:24 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''Arena'' and ''Nearly Human'' have quite their share of great tunes as well. It's actually fairly difficult to believe that ''Nearly Human'' was recorded live in the studio, because the performances and arrangements are so sophisticated.



* DeadHorseGenre: There is a risk of this with his prog and disco stuff. However, his prog stuff manages to be quite a bit more tuneful than the works of many other acts in the genre, so some people may find it more accessible and/or less pretentious than typical prog fare.

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** "Love Is the Answer" was a bigger hit for England Dan & John Ford Coley than it was for Utopia at the time, though Utopia's version may be better known now.
* DeadHorseGenre: There is a risk of this with his prog and disco stuff. However, his prog stuff manages to be quite a bit catchier and more tuneful than the works of many other acts in the genre, so some people may find it more accessible and/or less pretentious than typical prog fare.



* FairForItsDay: Some of Rundgren's '70s material can come across this way to modern audiences. For example, the melody, performance, and arrangement of "You Don't Have to Camp Around" make it clear that it's intended to be a light-hearted ribbing, but the lyrics are likely to come across as fairly homophobic to modern audiences. Rundgren's later work generally averts this, although some songs play on the irony of his being a white man singing some sentiments that are rather... strange for a white man to sing (particularly on ''Liars'', where several songs have intended interpretations that are at odds with the sentiments they express on the surface).



* NightmareFuel: The Night the Carousel Burnt Down, from Music/SomethingAnything. That ending especially—shivers....

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* NightmareFuel: The "The Night the Carousel Burnt Down, Down", from Music/SomethingAnything. That ending especially—shivers....



* SignatureSong: Arguably "Hello It's Me". Also "I Saw the Light", "Can We Still Be Friends?", "We Gotta Get You a Woman", and "Bang the Drum All Day".

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* SignatureSong: Arguably "Hello It's Me". Also "I Saw the Light", "Can We Still Be Friends?", "We Gotta Get You a Woman", and "Bang the Drum All Day". Utopia's is likely either "Love Is the Answer" or "Set Me Free".
9th Mar '17 3:21:16 AM CassandraLeo
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* TearJerker: He has quite a few. "Bag Lady", "Can We Still Be Friends?", and "Tiny Demons" are three particularly obvious examples.

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* TearJerker: He has quite a few. "Bag Lady", "Can We Still Be Friends?", "Honest Work", and "Tiny Demons" are three some particularly obvious examples.
7th Mar '17 10:48:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* TearJerker: He has quite a few. "Bag Lady" and "Can We Still Be Friends?" are two particularly obvious examples.

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* TearJerker: He has quite a few. "Bag Lady" and Lady", "Can We Still Be Friends?" Friends?", and "Tiny Demons" are two three particularly obvious examples.
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