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Todd Rundgren
Date Born/Group Began: June 22, 1948 (sav-man) 
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Todd Rundgren (Stavro Arrgolus)

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Tom Dark   Offline  -  Artist  -  08-15-06 04:24 AM  -  17 years ago
Wow, Todd Rundgren. Jesus, Todd Rundgren. Who was Todd Rundgren, again? I hated it when people told me my stuff sounded like Todd Rundgren. It never sounded anything like Todd Rundgren and so it occurred to me that the people who told me I sounded like Todd Rundgren were probably dumb.
They must have meant I was a smart boy, Todd Rundgren was a smart boy, so we must be musical twins.

If you say "Todd Rundgren" over and over again it sounds like somebody in ill-fitting underwear.

Todd Rundgren had a reputation as an unpleasant individual. Something not quite right about him. Rude. His drummer in his band, Utopia, a fellow named John something, was a friend of a friend. John Wilcox. So I was always hearing about Todd Rundgren, all the way up in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Some of those friends traveled down to Woodstock where Todd Rundgren had a studio. They met Todd Rundgren. I remember Millie came back and made a face and said "he is so RUDE."

I didn't care to meet Todd Rundgren; consequently it would have been immaterial whether Todd Rundgren cared to meet me, either. I inadvertantly met him in Houston, Texas, some years after he'd been generally and justly forgotten. He was playing some little venue down there. I'd just moved there. Funny coincidence: It's Todd Rundgren.

So I went backstage and met John Wilcox, whom I might have liked, but never spent enough time with him to make a firm decision. I met Todd Rundgren. Oh yeah, the rude guy. Tall and lanky and totally humorless. Well. Nice to meet you. I guess we shake hands, huh?

Uh... "People tell my songs I sound a lot like yours," I said, unable to think of anything else, or even mention a single song of his I liked -- since I didn't like any of them.

"They do, huh?" He said, with a voice pitched kind of like an overconfident high school football halfback. "Well, you're going to hear a lot more of 'em right now."

What a wit, this Todd Rundgren! I left backstage, went out front, stayed for three or four really tiresome, over-chorded, overblown, convoluted songs about whatever they were supposed to be about, and left. Didn't care to haaaaang around through all that just to stay backstage and eat sliced ham or drink whatever was in the plastic cups and have nothing to say at all. I'd rather go look for a housepainting job.

Years later Todd Rundgren made a technical stir by selling an album where you could screw around with his songs yourself. You could rearrange the chorus, take out verses, put them in reverse order and whatever, all with a computer thingie. I thought, yup, that's Todd Rundgren. It doesn't matter what order you put his smart-boy sounding shit in, it's still smart-boy sounding shit.

My girlfriend and I used to make fun of the one that went "Leroy, boy, you're my friend," something about getting Leroy a woman. And when we're through with you, we'll kill someone else toooooooo...

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Richard K. Carson   Offline  -  Member  -  01-11-09 03:09 AM  -  15 years ago
I can understand the characterization of Todd as being unpleasant and rude. He has often acted arrogantly in interviews, making dismissive comments about more influential musicians and generally cutting himself off from the commercial scene. But, perversely, this is one of the things I appreciate about him. This is a guy who had something he wanted to do that was very important to him personally. He farmed out his technical skills as necessary to raise the money to do what he really wanted. He knew he might not be the most popular guy around but that he would be popular enough if he could just get it together to do what he was best at. I can identify with that feeling and so can a lot of other people.
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