Todd Rundgren is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who has been active since the mid-1960s. He has played as a solo artist and a member of Utopia.
I’ve never known much about him or followed him, but I remember that my first girlfriend was into his music and spoke as if there was a real mystique about him. Like today’s selection, the songs I know don’t especially reflect that, but I have read that his performances could be quite lavish. I also read that he was an early adopter of technologies such as using the Internet to distribute music. Interestingly, his website doesn’t offer such functionality; maybe other services like the iTunes Store, Apple Music and others took the place of that. He does not have an official YouTube channel; there’s only a topic channel auto-populated by YouTube.
“Hello It’s Me” is probably one of the songs the girlfriend liked; I don’t know for sure as I don’t ever recall us listening to Rundgren. But it’s a song I remember hearing many times over the decades, and recently, too. I enjoy the softness in Rundgren’s younger voice. (More recent videos of him reveal a more resonant voice, possibly with less range.)
As I mentioned in my post on a new song by The Psychedelic Furs, “No One” (from 2020’s Made of Rain), Rundgren produced the band’s third album, Forever Now (1982), which contains the song “Love My Way.” (I also said in the same post that I’d wanted to blog about him sometime. So, here we are.)
When writing my post on The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” I’d read somewhere that Rundgren is one of the many musicians to cover that song.
“Hello It’s Me” is a lovely song with beautiful harmonies sung by one who is perhaps seeking reconciliation, and I like the sound of it. It was the first original song Rundgren wrote, in 1968. He recorded it that year with the band, Nazz, and again — the version shared today — on his first solo record, Something/Anything? (1972). It was released as a single the next year.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from the Todd Rundgren YouTube topic channel: