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Hermit of Mink Hollow

Todd Rundgren

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Todd Rundgren’s heart broke in 1977. After five years together he split with his girlfriend (and mother of his surrogate daughter Liv Tyler) Bebe Buell, and like so many musicians before him he channeled his pain and sadness into the making of an LP. Hermit of Mink Hollow examines every stage of the emotional fallout. There is spite (“You Cried Wolf”), self-loathing (“Lucky Guy”), despair (“Bread”), faithfulness (“Determination”), insanity (“Out of Control”) and reconciliation (“Can We Still Be Friends?”). The hilarious “Onomatopoeia” even adopts a childlike perspective of infatuation, as if to show the babyish behavior a bad breakup can incite in an adult male. Because Rundgren was dealing with such personal source material, he put aside the prog workouts of Utopia and momentarily returned to the piano pop music of his early career. Even though he had for years disavowed this kind of music, no one is more of an expert in the field than Rundgren. The musical format gives focus to the album’s emotional upheaval, and helps to make Hermit of Mink Hollow one of the most affecting yet listenable breakup albums ever made.

Customer Reviews

Todd can do it all

Pain, humor, social conscience...it's all covered here. This is an amazing album that still holds up after almost thirty years. If you don't have it, you need it.

Writing 101

If you're a musician you need to listen to this entire album. Todd plays all the instruments......oh yeah and he wrote everything. Great album.

A Classic

I was 12 years old when my brother played this album in our basement. I loved it then and still love it now. I realizeed how much I missed it when I played " Can We Still Be Friends". Even almost 30 years later it still rocks! I think anyone that enjoys music will love this album.

Biography

Born: June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Todd Rundgren's best-known songs — the Carole King pastiche "I Saw the Light," the ballads "Hello, It's Me" and "Can We Still Be Friends," and the goofy novelty "Bang on the Drum All Day" — suggest that he is a talented pop craftsman, but nothing more than that. On one level, that perception is true since he is undoubtedly a gifted pop songwriter, but at his core, Rundgren is a rock & roll maverick. Once he had a taste of success with his 1972 masterwork Something/Anything?, Rundgren...
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