Auto Tune: “Little Red Lights” by Todd Rundgren

July 8th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

todd_rundgren_something_anythingThe double album was de rigueur back in the 1970s. Whether artists had more to say then or labels were more open to longer forms after a decade of singles, either way many of them became hits. Even today Todd Rundgren’s opus “Something/Anything” still stands as a unique and incredible work.

At the close of 1971 when he recorded it, the fourth side of his double album consisted of original material recorded live in New York studios with session players with on the first three sides recorded in Los Angeles where Todd played and sang everything himself. And it’s from that part of the project, specifically Side #3, where we find this week’s Auto Tune.

Little Red Lights” is pretty much a straight-forward fun little rock n’ roll tune. It’s not going to change the world but what does make it interesting is the way Rundgren designed and produced the song, giving it almost the chaotic qualities that you see in all those Fast & Furious movies. You feel, as the listener, that you’re capable of losing control of the car that you’re fictitiously driving.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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