Rundgren Killed The Radio Star
Shaun Cassidy, younger pop-star brother of David “Partridge Family” Cassidy, was caught in the receding tide of popularity when he enlisted Todd Rundgren and Utopia to help reshape his kiddie-worn persona for the new wave. A smart move… except all it did for his career was end it. Wasp was Cassidy’s last album, a gathering of cover tunes by David Bowie, David Byrne, Pete Townshend and Ian Hunter, alongside original songs by Rundgren and Utopia. Todd’s production, as usual, makes everything around him sound like Todd… even Cassidy. Since Utopia performs (and Todd writes), it’s almost more their album – 80s synths, robotic beats, brusk pop harmonies, et al. “Cool Fire” should have been at least a minor hit and, while it’s not as easy to defend, I like their version of “Rebel, Rebel.” As for the historic union, the potential new fans didn’t trust any of it and – this time – the little girls didn’t understand. Wasp has never been on CD and online rips are few, and/or lacking in quality. So, big thanks go out to Sal over at Burning Wood (HERE), who went to the effort (and actual expense) to donate this fresh vinyl rip for us here (he doesn’t even have the entire set posted at his place). Thanks Sal. Only on vinyl at Amazon (HERE). We don’t have any more Cassidy, put there’s more Todd in the archives (HERE).
Rebel, Rebel (4:02) (Bowie)
Cool Fire (4:10) (Rundgren/Cassidy/Powell/Wilcox)
The Book I Read (3:31) (Byrne)
Pretending (4:57) (Rundgren)
Shake Me, Wake Me (3:32) (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
It’s My Life (4:39) (Atkins/D’Errico)
So Sad About Us (3:00) (Townshend)
Wasp (3:09) (Rundgren)
Selfless Love (4:46) (Rundgren)
Once Bitten, Twice Shy (4:02) (Hunter)
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