In May, Todd Rundgren released White Knight, his 27th solo album, which features guest appearances by everyone from Donald Fagen and Daryl Hall to Trent Reznor and Bettye LaVette. In advance of a fall tour with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, the veteran singer-songwriter took some time to discuss five classic songs of resistance that are still relevant today.
This is about what’s happening to the planet and
how doing nothing is to lose. It has a bleak sound, which adds urgency.
The undercurrent of indigence and violence and hate, as evidenced by the election of Trump, makes this an evergreen song. But now the lunatic fringe is no longer the fringe.
This became an anthem about having a party and fighting the powers that be. It’s got this great celebratory hoot at the end.
He’s angry that people aren’t taking this stuff seriously, as in, “What’s so fucking funny?” It makes you want to march.
They weren’t protesting the queen so much as Thatcherite England. It fostered a movement that carried forward.