Monday, September 1, 2008

Bang the Drum All Day (aka Bang On the Drum) by Todd Rundgren – ***

First released: 1993

A live version by Todd Rundgren appears on "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Volume 2 Live From Montreux" in 1993 (this version reissued on 2000’s "The Anthology…So Far"). On the "Montreux" album, they mistitled it "Bang on the Drum".

It’s kind of stupid song, but is one of those radio perennials they tend to play on Fridays. Ringo and Rundgren had sort of a falling out after this tour as Rundgren only wanted to play stuff like this (though appropriate with the “drum” theme) instead of his bigger hits like "Hello, it’s Me". The original "Drum" was released in 1983 and only charted as high as #63 from an album that went no higher than #66 called "The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect".

What’s amusing about Rundgren is that about a year after this tour, he went on another “All-Starr Band” type tour with others like John Entwistle and did perform his biggest hits!

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