Todd Rundgren Runt
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- 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.
Personnel: Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar); Don Lee VanWinkle (guitar, acoustic guitar); Mark "Moogy" Klingman (electric piano); Tony Sales (8-string bass, percussion); Hunt Sales (drums, percussion); Bobby Moses, Donb Ferris, Levon Helm, Michael Brooks (drums).
Recording information: I.D. Sound, LA, CA; Record Plant, NY.
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.
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