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Editors’ Notes

This 1980 album wasn't the first time Todd Rundgren paid tribute to The Beatles; he had covered a few of their tunes on 1976's Faithful. But Utopia spend the entirety of Deface the Music paying painstakingly precise homage to the Fab Four. There are no actual Beatles songs, but every track emulates the Liverpudlian legends' sound as closely as possible, from the harmonies to the guitar riffs. The task is tackled in roughly chronological fashion—the album kicks off with "I Just Want to Touch You" evoking early Merseybeat. And by the closing cut, "Everybody Else Is Wrong," Utopia have adopted the Fabs' Mellotron-soaked, late-'60s psychedelic style.

Customer Reviews

worth the wait

I was one of about 72 people who purchased this on vinyl a milliion years ago. I was thrilled to see it's been released on CD. If you're a fan of Rundgren you've got to have this in your collection. Or, if you love pop music in the Beatles' tradition, this is sure to make you smile.

Todd Does Liverpool

One of my absolute favorites. Short but sweet, Todd and the gang hit Beatlemainia square on. Don't forget to play name the influence(s) on each song.

Todd -- the 6th Beatle?

Only (the genius) Todd Rungren could pull off a spot-on satire of Strawberry Fields and I Am the Walrus at the exact same time: Everybody Else is Wrong. The whole album is phenomenal, but this track in particular is worth the price of admission!


Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Stardom was handed to him with Something/Anything?, but Todd Rundgren rejected it. He wanted to explore new musical territory instead, and his adventures led him to form Utopia in 1974. Initially, Utopia was a prog rock septet featuring three keyboardists, but as the '70s progressed, the group evolved into a shiny mainstream rock quartet, and Rundgren retreated into the background, as each of his bandmates contributed songs and lead vocals to the albums. By the early '80s, Utopia had developed into...
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Deface the Music, Utopia
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Oct 1980

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