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50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Minnie the Minx » 29 Jul 2020, 14:17

But now I’ve discovered him!
I like it.
What more joy is he going to give me? Suggestions!
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Minnie the Minx » 29 Jul 2020, 14:18

I don’t think it helped that in my mind, I’ve been conflating Todd Rundgren and Rush Limbaugh.
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 29 Jul 2020, 14:23

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Postby Dr. Baron » 29 Jul 2020, 16:12

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Postby The Slider » 29 Jul 2020, 16:25

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby kath » 29 Jul 2020, 16:27

oh lorddd. you do realize i'm a toddtoddtodd freak, right? i broke my foot dancin to him at age 11. then i almost broke his foot on the a cappella tour. mwhahaha. the cycle of spazz.

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Samoan » 29 Jul 2020, 17:44

Can We Still Be Friends?

Nonsense to the aggressiveness, I've seen more aggression on the my little pony message board......I mean I was told.

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Charlie O. » 29 Jul 2020, 17:47

One of my earliest heroes.

A very mixed bag, though (kath may vehemently disagree).

To his credit, this has a lot to do with the fact that he's always challenging himself (still). It's a commonly held belief that he could have been a much bigger star in the seventies if he'd been willing to meet the marketplace halfway and be just a little more formulaic. But he was making enough money producing others' records that he could afford not to give a shit about that with his own.
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby toomanyhatz » 29 Jul 2020, 18:14

Not as big a fan as Charlie, but I share his opinion - there are many indulgences, and a lot of miss along with the hits. More than most artists, he has enough variety to provide a unique personal experience for each listener. That's the good news. The bad news is you might find a few potholes in the road. :lol:

My favorites are the first two (both, confusingly, with Runt in the title) probably - "We Got to Get You a Woman" (from the first one, just called Runt) is a fun piece of Philly Soul (covered by the Four Tops!) and "Long Flowing Robe" (from the second, called Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren) are modest, charming little pop miniatures - he'd get more adventurous, with (imo) mixed results from there.

Of course the next two, Something/Anything (a sprawling double) and A Wizard, A True Star (as sprawling a single album as there's ever been) are his acknowledged classics. I love 'em, but they take commitment being sprawling and all.

In between there's stuff like Utopia (basically his prog band; very dense stuff), Faithful (side one dedicated to note-perfect covers of 60s classics including "Good Vibrations" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" - an impressive feat, but why?), and A Capella, an album that, well...is. 100%. All sounds reproduced vocally.

It's a lot of fun to plow through if you have the time, but I suspect there are few people in the world that like, or even can tolerate, all of it.

Curious to know which stuff hits your pleasure center! Like the weather in San Francisco, if it doesn't suit, just wait ten minutes.
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Sam Stone » 29 Jul 2020, 18:18

Like the best artists, his failures are often as interesting as his hits

If I had to chose, I'd go for

Something/Anything
Wizard a True Star
Todd
Hermit of Mink Hollow

are all essential

he was also a pretty shit hot producer of other people's records

XTC's Skylarking is a must

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby pcqgod » 29 Jul 2020, 19:16

Something/Anything is a fan and critical fave, but I find it too hit-and-miss.

A Wizard A True Star and Todd are the albums that struck the best balance between musical accessibility and musical adventurousness.

I'll take anything he recorded with The Nazz over any of his solo career, though.
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Sam Stone » 29 Jul 2020, 21:00

Sam Stone wrote:Like the best artists, his failures are often as interesting as his hits

If I had to chose, I'd go for

Something/Anything
Wizard a True Star
Todd
Hermit of Mink Hollow

are all essential

he was also a pretty shit hot producer of other people's records

XTC's Skylarking is a must



Steve Hillage’s L is another Todd goodie

Be an ideal producer for Robyn Hitchcock

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Charlie O. » 29 Jul 2020, 23:19

toomanyhatz wrote:In between there's stuff like Utopia (basically his prog band; very dense stuff)

Until the fourth album, when they unexpectedly became his pop band (sorta)!
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby slightbreeze » 29 Jul 2020, 23:34

Our "courting" song was "Marlene" from "Something/Anything" . One of the few artists Mrs SB and myself both adore (although she's not as keen on Utopia)

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Minnie the Minx » 30 Jul 2020, 03:31

Woah! This is all GREAT info!
Thanks, chaps! Xxxx
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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Hugh » 30 Jul 2020, 09:05

Sam Stone wrote:
Sam Stone wrote:Like the best artists, his failures are often as interesting as his hits

If I had to chose, I'd go for

Something/Anything
Wizard a True Star
Todd
Hermit of Mink Hollow

are all essential

he was also a pretty shit hot producer of other people's records

XTC's Skylarking is a must



Steve Hillage’s L is another Todd goodie



Steve would - at great length- disagree.

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Positive Passion » 30 Jul 2020, 09:34

Didn't he do an a capella album. It may eve have been called a capella.

Of course he also produced one of the all time classic albums - arguably an album beyond classic - Bat out of hell.

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Sam Stone » 30 Jul 2020, 09:41

Hugh wrote:
Sam Stone wrote:
Steve Hillage’s L is another Todd goodie



Steve would - at great length- disagree.



Knew AP had "artistic differences" with TR when recording Skylarking,
but was unaware SH had had problems with him.

Care to elaborate?

I've looked on google but nothing specific comes up

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Re: 50 years without Todd Rundgren

Postby Charlie O. » 30 Jul 2020, 17:29

Most of the artists he produced in the '70s and '80s had problems with him!

In many cases (including Andy Partridge's) their views have softened considerably in the years since.
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