Song of the Day, October 28: Be Nice to Me by Runt

RuntBalladBeNiceAfter leaving Nazz, Todd Rundgren eased into his solo career. His first album, Runt, featured a small band of the same name. For his next outing, he kept the name but jettisoned the band, giving himself credit in the title, The Ballad of Todd Rundgren. Hinting at the one-man show approach that dominated his impressive 70s output, it’s a nice song cycle, emphasizing his softer pop side.

The standout track is the fragile Be Nice to Me. A straightforward song of love on the rocks, it’s a quietly passionate piano-and-voice track. Rundgren delivers the vocal in his higher register, paying homage to the girl groups who dominated the Brill Building hits he admired. The slow tempo wrings the most out of the approach, making it all his own.

Enjoy this lovely, sad song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, October 28: Be Nice to Me by Runt

  1. Denny Sinnoh says:

    My wife hates this album cover, but we always liked TR : )

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