YMMV: Todd Rundgren

  • Archive Panic: See all that above?
  • Awesome Music: Lots of it, with Something/Anything?? and A Wizard, a True Star being frequent contenders for Magnum Opus. 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, 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).
  • Ear Worm
  • Epic Riff
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted; a lot of it was. Played straight with some of the Nazz material.