Did anyone catch this week’s episode of Nip/tuck? Todd Rundgren’s Can We Still Be Friends was used in the episode’s key scene. nice. i always knew the show’s creative team had great taste in music and this just make it all the more clear. Plus it’s great exposure for Todd, who’s of course one of my favorite artists of all time ..but i think it’s time for the viewers at large to get to hear more from Todd besides Can We Still Be Friends and Hello It’s Me. Check this out: Besides the recent Nip/Tuck episode, ‘Can We Still Be Friends’ was used in the pivotal scene toward the end of Tom Cruise’s movie Vanilla Sky. It’s makes sense since the last verse in the song basically explains what’s happening to Tom in the movie:
We awoke from our dreams, things are not always what they seem, memories linger on…
The song was also used near the end of Dumb and Dumber (one of the all time great comedies!)
when we get to see Mary Swanson reunited with her husband.
As for ‘Hello It’s Me’, the song was used in a key scene in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides.
Plus it’s basically the only Todd Rundgren song that gets significant airplay so it’s essentially Todd’s signature song. It’s sad really, because those two songs, in my opinion, don’t represent Todd in the best light. Frankly, i can’t stand ‘Hello It’s Me’. it’s just lame. ‘Can We Still Be Friends’ is a true classic but still not one of my favs. I need hollywood music supervisors to pay attention and dig a little deeper into the man’s back catalog. i mean, really, Todd’s got more than thirty albums worth of material! here’s my list of his songs that better represent him as a artist.

1) Parallel Lines - a true marvel in songcraft. beautiful harmonies and wonderful chordings. and the lyrics are deep, man. deep.

2) Change Myself - sort of Todd’s take on WakoJacko’s Man in the Mirror. heh. ..Both of us want to win this fight Both of us think the other is mistaken, so mistaken Meanwhile, everyone wants to take up sides So everyone helps us to fall apart Just another fact of life It’s hard to play fair And it’s so easy to pretend to care But if nobody wants to share the blame Then everyone gets more of the same

3) Afterlife - truly haunting. plus the song’s full of “Todd Chords”. I personally don’t agree with his philosophy but i still appreciate his creativity.

4) Fidelity - a beautiful song through and through. especially apparent when Todd plays this live with just vocals and a piano. lyrically, he definitely covers ground less travelled.

5) Mated - a wonderful ballad that i’ve always declared as “Our Song” (Elaine and I). Of course if you ask Elaine, she’ll vehemently deny it (she’s not into Todd like me). But it’s the perfect song in my mind. check out the words:
Everyone asks, are we some kind of lovers? Everyone asks what you’re doing with me I know this is not what they want They’re afraid you’ve been blinded But I already know how it’s going to be If anyone should ask, Say we’re mated For as long as this life lasts, we are mated Why else would you be here right now And you know we’ll still be here tomorrow Nobody else understands what I’m doing Nobody else makes me act in this way And because they can’t comprehend What we mean to each other They won’t leave you alone So you know what to say…I see things far ahead, maybe light Maybe beautiful children I don’t have words I’m thinking of But it’s way beyond what they call love.