If you understood the headline, welcome!
If not, you’re probably not a Todd Rundgren fan — or there’s another reason you wouldn’t want to go to one of his shows. Rundgren, most famous for his 1972 hit “Hello, It’s Me,” made headlines this week when he sat down for an interview with Variety on the eve of his latest album’s release. Being an album of collaborations, Rundgren got to work with a whole bunch of names you know, and some you may not. But he found a kindred spirit in Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame. Together they wrote “The Man in the Tinfoil Hat,” a song about Donald Trump, and it is not flattering.
The lyrics to their masterwork include references to the language Trump prefers (AMAZING! TREMENDOUS! YUUUGE!), his sexual exploits, and even his anatomy:
He hasn’t got the time for losers
‘less they do as he commands
He’s writing checks to his accusers
(with those tiny little hands)
But that’s just the one song. Todd Rundgren really hates Donald Trump.
The interviewer from Variety, Chris Willman, told Rundgren that he saw him perform last year in L.A. During the show, the singer made reference to Donald Trump and his feelings about the election. Apparently Willman was seated next to some very special snowflakes, because the couple right next to him “angrily walked out” after Rundgren’s remarks. Todd had an answer for anyone finding themselves in such a situation:
If I had the power, I’d say: If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show, because you won’t have a good time. And also, I don’t understand your frickin’ values. Because I’m not singing about that. If you don’t understand that basic thing, you’re just fooling yourself. I guarantee that in this show, if you’re a Trump supporter, you will likely be offended. Let the buyer beware! I mean, if you can’t take a joke, or you can’t admit that you’ve made a mistake, you don’t belong with the rest of us.
You can’t really question Todd Rundgren. Whether you’re a fan of his own music or not, you’d have to live under a rock to avoid an album he’d produced. He was the engineer on classic records from the New York Dolls, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, and even British art-rock pioneers XTC, whose “controversial” single “Dear God” has the hallmarks of Rundgren’s influence all over it.
The only question that remains is, can we still be friends?
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