History YMMV / ToddRundgren

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.
7th Mar '17 10:48:20 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.
14th Dec '16 11:51:16 AM CassandraLeo
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** ''A Cappella'' was produced entirely with Rundgren's voice, although it is often electronically processed to make it sound like musical and percussion instruments. It's absolutely astonishing that one person can produce such a rich variety of sound. The accompanying tour, a recording of which was released as ''A Cappella Tour'', has Rundgren revisiting much of his earlier material with an accompanying choir, and is similarly beautiful.
14th Dec '16 11:49:12 AM CassandraLeo
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* ValuesResonance: Many of his {{protest song}}s are even more resonant now than they were when they were written. "Honest Work" tackles the replacement of manual labour with automation, a trend that is more prominent now than it was in TheEighties and will continue to become even more so in the future. Meanwhile, ''Liars''[='=] concept of "a paucity of truth" seems depressingly prescient given the fact that many people are bandying about the term "post-truth" in the wake of 2016's political events.
13th Dec '16 11:24:35 PM CassandraLeo
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* AwesomeMusic: Lots of it, with ''Music/SomethingAnything?'' and ''A Wizard, a True Star'' being the most frequently cited contenders for best album.

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* AwesomeMusic: Lots of it, with ''Music/SomethingAnything?'' ''Music/SomethingAnything'' and ''A Wizard, a True Star'' being the most frequently cited contenders for best album.
13th Dec '16 11:24:12 PM CassandraLeo
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** "Bang On The Drum." It's not FunPersonified so much as pure, primal adrenaline distilled into awesome rock n roll.

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** "Bang On The on the Drum." It's not FunPersonified so much as pure, primal adrenaline distilled into awesome rock n roll.roll.
** ''Healing'' is basically what you get if you cross ProgressiveRock with SynthPop and, if you can get past the '80s synths, it is beautiful.
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