Category: Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren (TR-i) “The Individualist”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#586 in the Series) is Todd Rundgren (TR-i), The Individualist. Todd Rundgren’s ever-changing diversity is often hard to keep up with and difficult to follow and, with the birth of TR-i (Todd Rundgren interactive) in 1993, he reinvented himself yet again, this time as an artist wanting to share sound and vision with fans in an intimate fashion. His first venture into his TR-i persona, “No World Order”, was mostly centered around producing a CD-i in which the listener could interact with the music in a non-linear fashion. It represented a chance for Todd to reinvent himself while providing an opportunity for the listener to talk back to the music. Todd basically used this moniker as a...

Todd Rundgren “(Re)Production”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#498 in the Series) is Todd Rundgren, (Re)Production Todd’s (Re)Production is going to get a ton of bad reviews. Why you say? Well, this album just doesn’t come across that well on first listen. Unfortunately, that’s all most reviewers will give to a new disc. Not here, no no no.  I try to give a new release at least three spins before I take out my crayon and loose leaf paper, ok my laptop actually. One thing that we’ve discussed before is how albums that take a little longer to get into are usually the ones that stay with you longer. I feel that way.  That’s the case here. (Re)Production is all covers,...

Utopia “Utopia”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#444 in the Series) is the self-titled 1982 release from Utopia 1982 was a weird year for Utopia. They switched record labels and were now on “Network Records.” You never heard of them you say? Not surprising, this was the only album they released. At least the one they did decide to release was a fantastic piece of music. This was my favorite version of Utopia, Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, John ‘Willie’ Wilcox and Kasim Sulton.  I’ve always like Utopia better than Todd solo because it featured more vocals by Kasim. I think he has a great voice. Yes, I know there were a ton of guests on this disc, but we know...

Todd Rundgren “Back to the Bars”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#172 in the Series and #2 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Todd Rundgren, Back to the Bars. Adventures in Utopia is the Todd album that I’ve spun the most. I would have to say that a close second would be Back to the Bars. Back to the Bars was released shortly after Hermit of Mink Hallow in 1978. It’s a Utopia live album with a bunch of friends joining in on the fun. Double album, four sides of various tunes from Todd as a solo artist and of his work with Utopia. Highlights are many.  Here’s what I’d recommend.  Real Man, Love of the Common Man, Love in Action, Black Maria,...

The Tubes “Remote Control”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#162 in the Series) is the Tubes, Remote Control Remote Control, 1979 was the album where The Tubes decided to tone down the outrageous and wackiness at least a little.  Well, not as outrageous, but a heck of a satire on the overgrowth of television. So there might not have been anything as memorable as “White Punks on Dope” from their debut, but overall, this is a great Tubes album. Besides toning down the crazy, they also wanted to tighten up the sound some. Well how would you do that in the late Seventies, or late eighties or ever for that matter. You make a phone call and ask Todd Rundgren to produce...

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