TODD RUNDGREN: Why He’s a Performer and Not a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
Todd Rundgren says he didn’t expect to become a performer. In an interview with Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, the eclectic rock and roller claims he “wasn’t comfortable going out on the road.” But when his first album spun off the hit “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” he had to reconsider. And in the last decade, changes in the record business have forced Todd to depend mainly on performing.
Having also produced such classic albums as Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell and Grand Funk’s We’re An American Band, Rundgren offered a surprising response to whether he deserved consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “It’s always been a thorny subject with me. I never thought a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or anywhere else was a good idea.”
He explains that “it’s not rock and roll anymore anyway. What we used to call rock and roll — the original term, defined by DJ Alan Freed — [referred] to a certain kind of music that Chuck Berry and Little Richard and Elvis were playing — and was distinguishable from ‘popular music’ at that time.” That’s a sharp contrast to what we have now. Todd says it’s “a pop music hall of fame, and I don’t care if I’m in the Pop Music Hall of Fame or not. It’s a very political thing, but some day, you’re going to run out of legitimate artists to induct.”