Up Against It! (Todd Rundgren album)

Up Against It! (Todd Rundgren album)

Up Against It!
Studio album by Todd Rundgren
Released November 11, 1997[1]
Genre Rock opera, pop
Length 01:01:37[2]
Label Pid
Producer Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
With a Twist...
Up Against It
One Long Year
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allmusic [3]

Up Against It! is a 1997 album by Todd Rundgren, essentially consisting of Rundgren's song demos for the Off Broadway show. The project was inspired by the never-produced Up Against It which was a play originally written by Joe Orton for The Beatles.[4][5]

This album is Rundgren's score to the stage adaptation of playwright Joe Orton's Up Against It, the unfilmed screenplay originally mooted as the third Beatles film (after Hard Day's Night and Help). They declined it, so he reworked it to lessen their presence, successfully sold it to the producer Oscar Lewenstein, and then was violently done in by boyfriend Kenneth Halliwell in a notorious murder-suicide. With Orton no longer around to help push it along, development stalled and the script was never filmed. It was published in book form a couple of times, however, and in the 1980s Joseph Papp decided to give the script a new lease on life as a piece of musical theater - hence this score.

The full suite of Rundgren's songs for the musical was released as an album only in Japan, though three re-recorded songs from it were included on his album 2nd Wind.[6] A variant version of the song "Parallel Lines" also appears on Rundgren's album Nearly Human.

Track listing

All songs by Todd Rundgren.

  1. "When Worlds Collide"
  2. "Free, Male & 21"
  3. "The Smell of Money" *
  4. "If I Have To Be Alone" *
  5. "Up Against It"
  6. "Life Is A Drag"
  7. "Parallel Lines" **
  8. "Lili's Address"
  9. "Love In Disguise" *
  10. "Maybe I'm Better Off"
  11. "You'll Thank Me In The End"
  12. "From Hunger"
  13. "We Understood Each Other"
  14. "Entropy"
  15. "Finale"

°Titles marked with an asterisk * above appear in re-recorded form on Rundgren's studio album 2nd Wind (1991).

°Parallel Lines" (** above) appears in re-recorded variant form on Rundgren's studio album' Nearly Human (1989)


  • Todd Rundgren - Composer, Producer, Engineer


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  2. ^ "Up Against It - Todd Rundgren - Releases - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ "Up Against It - Todd Rundgren - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ Gussow, Mel (5 December 1989). "Review/Theater; Joe Orton's 'Up Against It,' a Screenplay Staged". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Up Against It". beatlesbible.com. 
  6. ^ "Up Against It - Todd Rundgren". trconnection.com.