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YMMV / Todd Rundgren

  • Archive Panic: See all that on the main page? And if you want to get into everything he's produced as well as his solo/Utopia recordings, good luck.
  • Awesome Music: Lots of it, with Something/Anything?? and A Wizard, a True Star being the most frequently cited contenders for best album.
    • The Beatles parodies on Utopia's Deface the Music are such effective pastiches that the track "I Just Want to Touch You" was rejected for inclusion on the soundtrack to the film Roadie because the filmmakers were afraid of getting sued for plagiarism.
    • Progressive Rock fans should make sure to check out Todd, Initiation, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Another Live, and Ra.
    • Even in just a featured role, Todd provides guitar heroics up and down Bat Out of Hell.
  • Covered Up: Rundgren did this to his own song. His solo version of "Hello It's Me" is much better known than the Nazz' version (although the Nazz' version was itself a minor hit).
  • Dead Horse Genre: 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.
  • Ear Worm: Nearly everything he ever released, even including his True Art Is Incomprehensible Progressive Rock epics. If you make a playlist with his songs on it and listen to it for a few hours there is no telling what hooks you'll have stuck in your head when you finish.
  • Epic Riff: Again, many of his songs, including the prog stuff (there are several in "The Ikon" alone).
  • Face of the Band: Quick, name another member of Nazz, Runt, or Utopia. (Prog rock fans may be able to name Roger Powell or Moogy Klingman for the latter, but it still counts).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Night the Carousel Burnt Down, from Something/Anything?. That ending especially—shivers....
  • Retroactive Recognition: Luther Vandross shows up as a backing vocalist on a few Utopia recordings.
  • Seasonal Rot: His output in the nineties is generally regarded as...not very good. His Noughties output is somewhat more warmly regarded, though rarely considered to be as good as his classic material.
  • Signature Song: 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".
  • Too Soon: Deface the Music had the misfortune of coming out just after the assassination of John Lennon. It was doomed. This wasn't the band's fault, of course, because it had been recorded beforehand.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Some of his Psychedelic Rock and Progressive Rock material can get this way, but probably none of it more than "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire", a thirty-five minute instrumental consisting mostly of Rundgren's synthesizer.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted; a lot of it was. Played straight with some of the Nazz material.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After a long period of releasing material that resulted in a Broken Base, Liars received an almost unanimously positive reception.