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Editors’ Notes

By 1974 Todd Rundgren was so intent on moving beyond conventional pop music that he battled his own record label in order to prevent the release of “Izzat Love?” as the leadoff single for Todd. The song epitomizes the kind of gleaming, fleet-footed piano pop that Rundgren perfected on his early solo albums, but Todd proved the artist was less interested in chart success than in pushing the boundaries of the medium. “Drunken Blue Rooster,” “A Dream Goes On Forever” and “Useless Begging” show Rundgren’s own brand of loopy carnival music. Other songs, including “The Spark of Life,” “Sidewalk Café” and “Don’t You Ever Learn?” formulate a circus-like rejoinder to the astral soundscapes of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. “No. 1 Lower Common Demoninator” is heavy and spacey and epic, but its vision of hormonal frustration is hilariously surreal. As always, Rundgren appears to be having as much fun as a kid in a candy store, and he obviously wants to share his amusement with the listener. At the same time, Todd contains some of his most beautiful bleak moments, especially loner anthem “The Last Ride.”

Customer Reviews

Head Spinning

This, the first solo release for Todd after the highly eyebow raising A Wizard A True Star, continues in the flow of conciousness and psychedelia that separated Rundgren from the rest of the pop icons and guitar slingers of the day. From the opening track, How About a Little Fanfare, there is no doubt that this Elpee's Worth of Tunes will take you with him on a trip through the outer cosmos and the inner landcapes of musical experience. Theatrics and visual images abound as Our Hero has honed his studio skills to match the level of his guitar playing and songwriting. Aside from the instrumental symphonic excursions (strap your seatbelts on!) such pop gems as A Dream Goes On Forever, Useless Begging, and the quizzical Izzat Love provide a chance to catch your breath. Absolute rockers like The Last Ride, No. 1 Common Lowest Denominator, and Heavy Metal Kids will knock your technicolor socks off. Anthem songs anyone? Todd fills out the sonic atmoshpere with I Think You Know, Don't You Ever Learn, and the grand finale, Sons of 1984, a live singalong with two audience recordings ovredubbed to spectacular and "how'd he do that" effect. An excellent production, Todd at the peak of his creative powers.


The world will never be the same. The vision spanned in this one recording alters the consciousness of the planet. Mere music can hardly contain the new vistas openning with each passing moment during the performances of this recording. Truly one of the wonders of the world.

One the Great Todd R albums

I grew up at the time this album came out and it is etched in my mind. But if you go to a really open memory you have and crawl inside and stay there with headphones on and listen to this whole album, you will go to another place, like with any good Todd album.


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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