23. Todd Rundgren

23. Todd Rundgren
Had this been a list of who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the ability to amalgamate the combined categories of performing, songwriting and producing it would have to be believed that Todd Rundgren would easily be in the top ten of this list. As it stands, the Hall does not combine those categories and chooses to induct each category separately. Needless, to say we are ranking the same way.   As successful as Todd Rundgren is, he could have easily chosen a path that delivered him more fame. After a successful career with Nazz, Rundgren engaged in a solo career that delivered Pop brilliance in the early 70’s. After that, Rundgren pushed his own boundary foraying into music less commercial material and later became known as one of the best producers in the game. The musical talent of Todd Rundgren is unquestioned; the question is whether the Hall feels his solo work is sufficient enough to warrant induction.         [FilmStrip][/Filmstrip]The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1995   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Philadelphia, PA)   Why He Will Get In: If the Hall looks at his entire career, he should be a lock.   Why He Won’t Get In: If the Hall only looks at his solo career they might conclude it was not substantial enough.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Something/Anything? (1972) A Wizard, A Star (1973) Todd (1974) The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1983)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Hello It’s Me (From Something/Anything?, 1972) I Saw the Light (From Something/Anything?, 1972) Black Maria (From Something/Anything?, 1972) Zen Archer (From A Wizard, A Star, 1973) Everybody’s Going to Heaven/King Kong Reggae (From Todd, 1974)   www.tr-i.com {youtube}1Y0JBWz_rdE{/youtube}{youtube}ZclddLcOYYA{/youtube}{youtube}EG9LhM7uVZs{/youtube}{youtube}_dFIatCrYs4{/youtube} {acepolls 114}

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