Hermit of Mink Hollow

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Hermit of Mink Hollow
Hermit of mink hallow.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 7, 1978
RecordedUtopia Sound Studios, Lake Hill, NY
GenreArt rock, pop rock
Rhino (reissue)
ProducerTodd 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
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Rolling Stone(Not rated) [3]

Hermit of Mink Hollow is Todd Rundgren's eighth solo album, released in 1978. It was his first album to be written and recorded entirely by Rundgren alone, though large portions of earlier albums also had been recorded alone (such as the first three sides of the double-LP Something/Anything).

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. While many think that the hermit referred to in the title is Todd, it actually originated and refers to the character and events from a local legend centered on Mink Hill Road in Lake Hill, NY. The legend involved a 3-legged dog, a missing girl and an escaped mental patient hiding in the surrounding forested mountains. Yet, Rundgren himself acknowledged being a "studio hermit", working in an "insular little 24-hour-a-day think tank", and declared that prior to this experience he wasn't aware that "too much social interaction [had] affected [his] overall creativity."[4]


Rundgren intended the songs on the album to be performed on piano with minimal arrangements, apart from the bass, drums and voices. In that sense, he stated that the songwriting process appeared to be "fairly conventional". Most of the songs on the record didn't have lyrics until completed.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Todd Rundgren.

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.

Original track sequence[edit]

  1. "All the Children Sing" - 3:08
  2. "Too Far Gone" - 2:38
  3. "Out of Control" - 3:56
  4. "Lucky Guy" - 2:04
  5. "Onomatopoeia" - 1:34
  6. "Determination" - 3:11
  7. "Bag Lady" - 3:13
  8. "Can We Still Be Friends" - 3:34
  9. "Bread" - 2:48
  10. "You Cried Wolf" - 2:20
  11. "Hurting for You" - 3:20
  12. "Fade Away" - 3:04

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".

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[6] 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[7] 29
1978 "Can We Still Be Friends" Billboard Adult Contemporary[7] 45


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Hermit of Mink Hollow at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Myers, Paul (2014). Hermit of Mink Hollow Deluxe Casebound Book Edition (liner notes). Edsel [EDSA 5033].
  5. ^ DeMain, Bill (2004). In Their Own Words: Songwriters Talk about the Creative Process. Praeger Publishers. p. 88. ISBN 0-275-98402-8.
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
  7. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Todd Rundgren > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-17.