Deface the Music

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Deface the Music
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 1980
StudioUtopia Sound Studios
GenrePop rock
Length32:06
LabelBearsville
ProducerTodd Rundgren and Utopia
Utopia chronology
Adventures in Utopia
(1979)
Deface the Music
(1980)
Swing to the Right
(1982)
Singles from Deface The Music
  1. "I Just Want To Touch You"
    Released: November 1980
  2. "Alone"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

Deface the Music is a 1980 album by the band Utopia featuring Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton, and John "Willie" Wilcox. The concept of the album was to pay homage to The Beatles and create songs which sounded very similar to the Fab Four's tunes throughout the various stages of their career. Their song "Take It Home", replete with guitar riff, is their homage to "Day Tripper". The first track, "I Just Want to Touch You", was written by Rundgren for the Roadie soundtrack. It was rejected by the movie's producers for fear of legal action because it sounded so much like the Beatles.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Running
time
Sources + Notes
1 "I Just Want to Touch You" 2:00 "Please Please Me", "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
2 "Crystal Ball" 2:00 "Can't Buy Me Love"
3 "Where Does the World Go to Hide" 1:41 "No Reply", "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
4 "Silly Boy" 2:20 "I'm a Loser"
5 "Alone" 2:10 "And I Love Her"
6 "That's Not Right" 2:37 "Eight Days a Week"
7 "Take It Home" 2:53 "Day Tripper"
8 "Hoi Poloi" 2:33 "Penny Lane"
9 "Life Goes On" 2:21 "Eleanor Rigby"
10 "Feel Too Good" 3:04 "Getting Better", "Fixing a Hole"
11 "Always Late" 2:22 "Lady Madonna", "Yellow Submarine"
12 "All Smiles" 2:27 "Michelle", "I Will"
13 "Everybody Else Is Wrong" 3:38 "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I Am the Walrus"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 65

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Deface the Music - Utopia | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  2. ^ Fricke, David (2011). "Utopia: Deface The Music : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  3. ^ Sharp, Ken. "Q&A with Todd Rundgren on His Career and Being in Ringo's All-Starr Band". Rockcellar Magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2014.