- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Rhino
Record Collector (magazine) - p.974 stars out of 5
-- "RUNT was always lo-fi, with Rundgren purely interested in getting his songs across."
- 1.Broke Down And Busted
- 2.Believe In Me
- 3.We Gotta Get You A Woman
- 4.Who's That Man?
- 5.Once Burned
- 6.Devil's Bite
- 7.I'm In The Clique
- 8.There Are No Words
- 9.Baby Let's Swing / The Last Thing You Said / Don't Tie My Hands
- 10.Birthday Carol
Personnel: Todd Rundgren (vocals, various instruments); Don Lee Van Winkle (guitar); Mark Klingman (piano); Tony Sales (bass, percussion); Rick Danko, John Miller, Don Ferris (bass); Hunt Sales (drums, percussion); Levon Helm, Bobby Moses, Mickey Brook (drums).
Recorded at I.D. Sound Studio in Los Angeles, California and the Record Plant, New York, New York.
Todd Rundgren's first solo album after the breakup of his '60s band the Nazz originally didn't even feature his name on the cover; despite Rundgren being the only person pictured on the sleeve, it was treated as the self-titled debut of the "band" Runt. (This also explains the confusing title of the second Runt/Rundgren album, RUNT: THE BALLAD OF TODD RUNDGREN.)
RUNT contains at least two spectacular songs, the soulful piano-rock hit "We Gotta Get You a Woman" and the snide pop-rocker "I'm in the Clique," along with the choogling opener "Broke Down and Busted"--featuring members of the Band, who shared management with Rundgren--and the first of the extended pop-soul medleys that would become a recurring theme in Rundgren's career. Though perhaps not as impressive as later masterpieces like SOMETHING/ANYTHING? and A WIZARD A TRUE STAR, RUNT is an unpretentious gem.