No World Order

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No World Order
Todd Rundgren - No World Order.jpg
Studio album (interactive) by
ReleasedJuly 6, 1993
June 7, 1994
GenrePop rock, electronica, hip hop
Alchemedia (No World Order Lite)
ProducerTodd Rundgren
TR-i chronology
2nd Wind
No World Order
The Individualist
Singles from No World Order
  1. "Property"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Fascist Christ"
    Released: 1993
  3. "No World Order"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock7/10 stars[2]

No World Order is the fourteenth studio album by Todd Rundgren (credited to TR-i). It was released on July 6, 1993 for the Philips CD-i. making it the first interactive album in history.[3] Its music was heavily influenced by electronica and rap.[4]

Interactive release[edit]

This CD-only recording was available in an interactive version on Philips' short-lived CD-i format, as well as the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. The interactive version included the ability to alter the playback of the music by selecting a pre-determined sequence by either Rundgren or one of his four guest producers - Don Was, Jerry Harrison, Hal Wilner and Bob Clearmountain. The interface allowed the listener to control various aspects of music playback. If the user did nothing, the Rundgren mix would start and play through to the end.

The interactive interface presented standard playback controls and the following major functions, plus a help function:

  • Program
(TR-i, Hal Wilner, Bob Clearmountain, Jerry Harrison, Don Was)
  • Direction
(Very Fast Forward, Fast Forward, Forward, Hold, Reverse)
  • Form
(Creative, Standard, Conservative)
  • Tempo
(Fastest 132 BPM, Faster 126 BPM, Fast 120 BPM, Medium 110 BPM, Slow 100 BPM, Slower 92 BPM, Slowest 96 BPM)
  • Mood
(Bright, Happy, Thoughtful, Sad, Dark)
  • Mix
(Karaoke, Thick, Natural, Spacious, Sparse)
  • Video
(Blank, Warp, Swarm, Title, Editor)

The material on the disc was 933 4-bar musical segments.[5] Each was a portion of one of the songs, accompanied by metadata describing the character of the segment - tempo in BPM, mood, chorus or verse, etc. Each segment was available in multiple mixes as well, from instrumental to a cappella. As the listener adjusted parameters, the currently playing segment would finish before starting a new segment, ensuring a seamless listening experience.[6]

The interface had the unique (at the time) property of allowing the user to select a range rather than a single value when adjusting a parameter. One could select a fast tempo, reducing the range so only that fast tempo segments were played, or increase the range so medium to fast were played, weighting towards fast.

Rundgren demonstrated No World Order and the Philips CD-i system at record stores and electronics retailers after the release of the disc, and can be found on YouTube: Part 1 and Part 2.

The tour for the album was designed to maximize interactivity with the audience, allowing members to dance on a raised portion of the stage, and even to guest solo on guitar.[7] Rundgren was the only performer on this tour apart from three female dancers.[8]

The interactive program received "Best Composition/Arrangement" from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and the "Best Interactive Disc of the Year" Award from Video magazine.[9] The editors of Electronic Entertainment presented it with their 1993 "Breakthrough Multimedia Title" award, and praised it as "a preview of a new kind of musical medium."[10]

Standard CD release[edit]

A non-interactive, audio-only CD was released simultaneously with Rundgren's preferred sequence. Even this version, however, played on the theme of interactivity and orderlessness: its nearly continuous flow supported random play, and its paper insert could be refolded and reinserted so as to display any of 16 alternate versions of the cover art.

Another version of the album, No World Order Lite, was released the following year, presenting the same material in a more song-oriented format.

In Japan, a promotional disc called "NWO (Version 1.01)" was released that contained alternate versions of some of the songs.

Another Version compiling all of the previous versions plus other bonus tracks titled: "Todd Rundgren - No World Order Expanded Edition" was released by Esoteric/Cherry Red Records November 8, 2011. Some listings for this set have a slightly different listing for disc 2, losing one song.

A limited edition DVD of the 1993-94 "World (No Order) Tour" was issued by Toddstore in 2014. It includes a range of bonus footage from the era, including footage of a CD-i demonstration by Rundgren at Tower Records in Chicago and two interviews from the period with Indianapolis TV journalist Ken Owen.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Todd Rundgren

No World Order[edit]

  1. "Worldwide Epiphany"
  2. "No World Order"
  3. "Worldwide Epiphany"
  4. "Day Job"
  5. "Property"
  6. "Fascist Christ"
  7. "Love Thing"
  8. "Time Stood Still"
  9. "Proactivity"
  10. "No World Order"
  11. "Worldwide Epiphany"
  12. "Time Stood Still"
  13. "Love Thing"
  14. "Time Stood Still"
  15. "Word Made Flesh"
  16. "Fever Broke"

NWO (Version 1.01) (1993)[edit]

  1. "Fascist Christ (Fax Version)"
  2. "Property (Video Version)"
  3. "Day Job (Radio Version)"
  4. "Fascist Christ (Radio Version)"
  5. "Fever Broke (Xaos Version)"
  6. "Property (Lost Version)"
  7. "Day Job (Club Version)"
  8. "Fascist Christ (Broken Version)"

No World Order Lite[edit]

  1. "Worldwide Epiphany"
  2. "Love Thing"
  3. "Property"
  4. "Day Job"
  5. "Fascist Christ"
  6. "No World Order"
  7. "Time Stood Still"
  8. "Proactivity"
  9. "Word Made Flesh"
  10. "Fever Broke"

No World Order: Expanded Edition [edit]

Disc 1

  1. "Worldwide Epiphany" 1.0
  2. "No World Order" 1.0
  3. "Worldwide Epiphany" 1.1
  4. "Day Job" 1.0
  5. "Property" 1.0
  6. "Fascist Christ" 1.0
  7. "Love Thing" 1.0
  8. "Time Stood Still" 1.0
  9. "Proactivity" 1.0
  10. "No World Order" 1.1
  11. "Worldwide Epiphany" 1.2
  12. "Time Stood Still" 1.1
  13. "Love Thing" 1.1
  14. "Time Stood Still" 1.2
  15. "Word Made Flesh" 1.0
  16. "Fever Broke" 1.0
  17. "Day Job" (US Club Version)
  18. "No World Order" (Yokohama Morning Version)
  19. "Day Job" (US Radio Version)

Disc 2:

  1. "Worldwide Epiphany"
  2. "Love Thing"
  3. "Property"
  4. "Day Job"
  5. "Fascist Christ"
  6. "No World Order"
  7. "Time Stood Still"
  8. "Proactivity"
  9. "Word Made Flesh"
  10. "Fever Broke"
  11. "Fascist Christ" (Fax Version)
  12. "Property" (Video Version)
  13. "Day Job" (Radio Version)
  14. "Fascist Christ" (Radio Version)
  15. "Fever Broke" (Xaos Version)
  16. "Property" (Lost Version)
  17. "Day Job" (Club Version)
  18. "Fascist Christ" (Broken Version)"
  19. "No World Order" (Yokohama Night Version)


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Todd Rundgren - No World Order review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  2. ^ Quantick, David (March 2012). "Todd Rundgren - Reissues". Classic Rock (168): 108.
  3. ^ Tingen, Paul (May 2004). "Todd Rundgren". Sound on Sound.
  4. ^ Kopp, Bill. "Trouser Press - Todd Rundgren". Trouser Press. Retrieved 19 July 2011. Dubbing himself TR-I, Todd stage-dove headlong into electronica and rap
  5. ^ "Inside Music interview". VH-1. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  6. ^ Théberge, Paul (1997). Any sound you can imagine making music, consuming technology. Hanover, NH [u.a.]: Wesleyan Univ. Press [u.a.] p. 253. ISBN 978-0-8195-6309-5.
  7. ^ Lethby, Mike (29 October 1994). "Rundgen Takes Interactivity Live". Billboard. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  8. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 7, 1993). "Rundgren: A Man and His Gadgets". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 April 2012. Three female dancers did go-go routines.
  9. ^ "Rundgren to speak at DePauw". Greencastle Banner-Graphic. March 27, 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  10. ^ Staff (March 1994). "The First Electronic Entertainment Editors' Choice Awards". Electronic Entertainment. 1 (3): 61–65.