Todd Rundgren – ‘Cool Jerk’

From: A Wizard, A True Star (1973)

     After having Todd Rundgren’s ‘A Wizard, A True Star’ recommended to me twice for wildly differing reasons, I finally bought it this weekend. The second side features a ten-minute medley of covers that concludes with this frenetic rendition of ‘Cool Jerk’ in off-kilter 7/4 time, cut from the same cloth as Devo’s take on the Rolling Stone’s ‘Satisfaction.’ The first 20 seconds or so of the MP3 feature the more stereotypically Rundgren-ian arrangement and production of ‘La La Means I Love You,’ which precedes ‘Cool Jerk’ in the medley.