Hermit of Mink Hollow

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Hermit of Mink Hollow
Studio album by Todd Rundgren
Released April 7, 1978
Recorded Utopia Sound Studios, Lake Hill, NY
Genre Pop rock
Power pop
Length 34:50
Label Bearsville
Rhino (reissue)
Producer Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
Hermit of Mink Hollow
Back to the Bars
Singles from Hermit of Mink Hollow
  1. "Can We Still Be Friends"
    Released: May 1978
  2. "You Cried Wolf"
    Released: July 1978
  3. "All The Children Sing"
    Released: November 24, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (Not rated) [2]

Hermit of Mink Hollow is Todd Rundgren's eighth solo album, released in 1978. It was his first album to have no other musicians credited, though large portions of earlier albums also had been recorded alone.

The album is reminiscent of the artist's earlier, more pop-oriented records and marks a lyrical return to the subject of relationships (as in the single "Can We Still Be Friends"), as well as his views on social inequality (as in the songs "Bag Lady" and "Bread"). It remains one of his most popular albums.

Mink Hollow refers to a valley, and the road that runs through it, in Lake Hill, New York just west of Woodstock, NY. Rundgren recorded this album while living in a house on Mink Hollow Road.

Track listing[edit]

The original track listing for the album, which can be found on the back of the album jacket, was rejected by Bearsville as being too haphazard. Bearsville re-listed the songs in a more "Pop Friendly" sequence, comprising the lighter poppy songs on "The Easy Side" and the more cerebral or harder rock songs on "The Difficult Side" All songs written by Todd Rundgren.

Side one - The Easy Side[edit]

  1. "All the Children Sing" - 3:08
  2. "Can We Still Be Friends" - 3:34
  3. "Hurting for You" - 3:20
  4. "Too Far Gone" - 2:38
  5. "Onomatopoeia" - 1:34
  6. "Determination" - 3:11

Side two - The Difficult Side[edit]

  1. "Bread" - 2:48
  2. "Bag Lady" - 3:13
  3. "You Cried Wolf" - 2:20
  4. "Lucky Guy" - 2:04
  5. "Out of Control" - 3:56
  6. "Fade Away" - 3:04


In popular culture[edit]



Year Chart Position
1978 Canada RPM Album Chart 27
1978 UK Albums Chart 42
1978 US Billboard Pop Albums[3] 36


Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Can We Still Be Friends" Canada RPM Singles Chart 37
1978 "Can We Still Be Friends" Billboard Pop Singles[4] 29
1978 "Can We Still Be Friends" Billboard Adult Contemporary[4] 45