I recently interviewed the great Todd Rundgren for Long Island Pulse Magazine, and when asked which one of his recordings he felt was most overlooked, he responded:
“Overlooked? I don’t really track that stuff so much. The funny thing is I put out an album like A Wizard, a True Star after Something/Anything? and that creates a big kind of stink, because I’m not following up on the previous success, and I’m hardly even recording singles anymore. And then as it turns out that album is having some influence on a young generation of artists today, and that’s why I’m doing remixes for Tame Impala and Nine Inch Nails and stuff like that—almost solely because of people’s fascination with that record. So I’ve come to realize that maybe things don’t succeed in the time period that you put them out, but a record is a record. A record is forever—at least in modern terms.”
Originally released in 1973, A Wizard, a True Star seemed to befuddle critics and the record buying public at the time (up until this point, Todd was known primarily as a pop tunesmith, as evidenced by his hit single, “Hello It’s Me”), as the music took a sharp turn towards abstract-prog-psychedelia. Although the album peaked at only #86 on the Billboard Charts and failed to spawn any hit singles, it did include a tune that has become a fan favorite/concert standard, “Just One Victory,” and has amassed a cult following over the years.
Todd recently released his 25th solo studio effort overall, the very EDM-esque Global, and is currently on tour, of which live dates been be viewed via his website.