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Utopia: A Retrospective 1977-1984

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Utopia: A Retrospective 1977-1984

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musical, Documentary

We gave it a B-

It must have been tough being a music-video pioneer, especially on a low budget. Todd Rundgren started messing around with video before MTV was a gleam in some media mogul’s eye, and you can see the early work he did for his band, Utopia, on Retrospective, including the Beatles homage ”I Just Want to Touch You.”

Rundgren shows great imagination but lousy technique, except for the later videos here. With the three clips devoted to his solo music on Ever Popular, however, he artfully combines special effects with his quirkily romantic style. Unfortunately, these videos are tacked on to a pretentious Q&A in which Rundgren’s thoughts are illustrated by surreal vidbits. Watch it and you’ll be tortured too. Retrospective: B-