Todd Rundgren is officially my favorite singer/ musician/songwriter/artist and I’ve liked him since my husband played me “A Wizard A True Star” on our first date when I was 19. He’s a musical genius who must have pissed somebody in the music industry off since he’s still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Van Halen is in there but Todd isn’t. Abba but not Todd Rundgren.
He’s released dozens of albums as a solo artist and with his band “Utopia” and produced ones for Meat Loaf (Bat Out of Hell), Patti Smith, and Janis Joplin. But he’s not in the Rock Hall of Fame.
And now there’s that song, my least favorite Todd Rundgren song, to be truthful, that is everywhere, making everyone everywhere get up and dance, mocking me, “I don’t want to work, I just want to bang on my drum all day. I don’t want to play, I just want to bang on my drum all day.”
No, it wasn’t a song written by Carnival Cruise Line ad people. It’s a Todd Rundgren song from 1983 and I’ve seen Todd perform it probably 20 times, sometimes with a goofy ukulele.
So when Lauren and I were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios a couple of weeks ago and the afternoon parade started up, were Lauren and I the only ones to get wide-eyed and yell “Todd!” ? No, Todd wasn’t there, but his song was. “Bang on My Drum” is the theme song for the afternoon parade.
Every afternoon for who knows how long, Pixar character like Buzz and Woody will dance down the middle of the park to, “Ever since I was a tiny boy, I don’t need no candy, I don’t need no toy.” I shouldn’t be annoyed – he’s probably making a shitload of money from the loyalties.
Just watching all those people loving the song so much and not giving a thought to its creator irks me a little. Bite me, Rock Hall people. Go sing some Abba songs.