Utopia was a progressive rock band led by Todd Rundgren that was together from 1974 to 1986. After two recorded live albums in 1974 and 1975, Utopia became a four-man-band that, like The Beatles, rotated lead vocals and writing credits, though Rundgren was the undisputed leader. One distinctive feature of Utopia was its range, from psychedelic 70s rock to soul to blues to arena rock to heavy metal. Another was the band's unabashed optimism, as evidenced in its very name.
Though the band had satirical political songs, showcased on 1982's Swing to the Right and plenty of bitter heartbreak songs, it was best known for its hopeful, uplifting spirit, which is why its live shows often ended with the hit "Love Is the Answer" from the 1977 album, Oops! Wrong Planet. This theme resonated with its utopian fan-base--a mix of older Rundgren fans and Utopia's own starry-eyed followers, who tried to carry hippie idealism on through the barren early-1980s. "Love Is the Answer" later became a big hit...
Created by dipity on Jan 24, 2008
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