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Monday, February 7, 2011

Todd Rundgren - Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

In case you guys didn't know by now - I love sports. Almost as much as I love music. (okay, sometimes maybe more...sorry) But being from Wisconsin, yesterday was a very exciting day for sports fans around here. If you hadn't heard, the Green Bay Packers are the 2011 Super Bowl Champions. I got excited just typing that out. So today, I've decided to review some albums of songs that are big at Lambeau Field and related to the Packers. Enter in Mr. Todd Rundgren. Who? Exactly. But there is a certain song called 'Bang The Drum All Day', which gets played at Lambeau everytime the Packers score a touchdown. It's become extremely iconic around all of Wisconsin. And it's not like the song isn't huge on its own - as I've seen it in other pop culture as well. Ironically, Todd is probably not a happy camper today, as he's a Philadelphia native. Wonder if he now hates the fact the Pack uses his song? Food for thought. Anyhow, he's got a very odd story. He was in bands, made music. Was very anti drugs in the 60's and 70's - which was a rarity. Then he decided to go solo, and start using. Well, that developed into some very drastic changes in his musical style. He's gone from doing really sick hard rock tracks to an album like this - which is frankly very strange. Listen to track six. Yeah, it doesn't really conform to rock standards. He did a lot of production and stage work also. Then he became the new guitarist of the Cars when they wanted to tour again after their regular guitar man died. So he's done just about it all. Give this a whirl today. If nothing else, because it's so different. And musical education is one of the things I preach. Happy Monday!

1. Hideaway
2. Influenza
3. Don't Hurt Yourself
4. There Goes Your Baybay
5. Tin Soldier
6. Emperor of the Highway
7. Bang the Drum All Day
8. Drive
9. Chant

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Band The Drum All Day
2. Hideaway
3. Drive

2.5 out of 5 stars

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