Elephant (Todd Rundgren Remix) - Tame Impala
"Todd Rundgren is a genius and I don't use that word a lot," said Jim Steinman after the two men collaborated on Meatloaf's 40 million copy-selling Bat Out Of Hell, which Steinman wrote and Rundgren produced. This kind of praise comes often to Rungdren. His career as a producer (other acts he's worked with include The Tubes and The Psychedelic Furs), multi-instrumentalist and solo artist has incorporated progressive rock, 'proto-punk', new wave and soul, and this eclecticism and virtuosity has led him to become a revered cult figure. But ultimately he's been a champion in the mainstream and aside from Bat Out of Hell he's best known for his run of 1970s and 1980s AOR hits I Saw The Light, Hello It's Me, Can We Still Be Friends?, Love Is The Answer (memorably covered by England Dan and John Ford Coley) and Mated.
Todd Rungren is 64 years old now but he can still pull some unexpected moves. He recently remixed Quiet Place To Live by Lindstrom, the Scandavian cosmic disco DJ/producer, and he's just followed it up with his take on Elephant, the new single by Australian psychedelic rock revivalists Tame Impala, whose forthcoming album Lonerism is out Oct 5th (AUS), Oct 8th (UK/EU) and Oct 9th (USA).
Buy remix / Read A Wizard, a True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio by Paul Myers