Monday, April 12, 2010
Todd On Monday : Todds And Ends
Volume 3 of Todd Rundgren Mondays continues, with this, Burning Wood's 500th post! (Thank you.)
I've gathered some stray tracks that will surely be of interest to Todd fans, and may even raise an ear on you not so ardent Todd followers.
NO WORLD ORDER (YOKOHAMA MORNING MIX)
From the ill-fated 1994 release "No World Order," here is the first single, the title cut, edited and remixed for Japanese radio. Todd Rundgren rapping over electronica is/was a recipe for disaster, but beneath the obvious problems, is a killer melody and what might have been a hit single, had someone said, "Todd...please...just sing."
From the Shanachie Label, we have Todd, Chuck Jackson, and Gary US Bonds with their tribute to Peter Wolf's favorite soul man, Don Covay.
BLUEBIRD IS DEAD
Todd sings Jeff Lynne. This was taken from the very solid ELO tribute, "Lynne Me Your Ears, courtesy of Not Lame records. Todd was still in a bit of his trancey electronic phase here, but I happen to think he pulls it off with this cover from ELO's third, "On The Third Day."
B-side of Utopia's "One World" single whose only commercial CD release was on a limited edition, Japanese remaster of 1981's "Swing To the Right" album. I've never been quite sure who sang lead on this. Was it John Wilcox or Kasim Sulton?
FOUR IN ONE
This is Todd's contribution to "That's The Way I Feel Now," the long out of print tribute to Thelonius Monk.
WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
From the wonderful, but short-lived "Joe's Pub In The Park" concert series, this is Todd with Joe Jackson and string quartet Ethel covering The Beatles. Sound quality is a B, but where else are you gonna get a Todd/JJ duet?
From the 2002, Hall, Oates and Rundgren tour, this again suffers a bit in sound, but these three guys really need to make a record together. (Anyone care to hear about my adventures in Long Island and how I was almost killed at this show, while 3 of my friends laughed?)
A 1980 benefit for John Anderson's presidential campaign, check this band out:
Todd Rundgren (guitar, vocals), Ian Hunter (guitar, piano, vocals), Tom Mandel (keyboards), Stephen Dees (bass), Michael Shrieve (drums). (Full show down the line...maybe.)
LOVING YOU'S A DIRTY JOB
Bonnie Tyler and Todd Rundgren duet on yet another unintentionally hilarious Jim Steinman tune. This was a single, in a much shorter 6 minute version. Production is mammoth, but Todd delivers a fine vocal.
CALL FROM THE GRAVE
From the Kurt Weill tribute "Lost In The Stars,", Todd pulls no theatrical punches here. Not for the squeamish.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:01 AM