BRK 3487 Deface The Music
Produced by Todd Rundgren and Utopia
Released on September 1980
US CHART POSITION #65
Find it at GEMM
BRK 3487 cover  

U topia was never overtly influenced by The Beatles, so the decision to create a condensed career retrospective of The Beatles on Deface the Music is something of a surprise. Almost all of the songs are variations on an earlier Beatles theme: “I Just Want to Touch You” is a spin-off of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Where Does the World Go” is based on “I’ll Follow the Sun,” “Take It Home” is inspired by “Drive My Car,” etc. The band occasionally succeeds at putting its own twist on The Beatles’ songs -- the “Penny Lane”-inspired “Hoi Polloi” or “All Smiles” (which combines pieces of “Michelle” and “Fool on the Hill”) improve on psychedelic pop much as XTC was able to do, but using tracks like “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Am The Walrus” as templates for “Life Goes On” and “Everybody Else Is Wrong,” respectively, casts too great a shadow over Utopia’s revisions to enjoy. Todd addresses the hopes of many in the opening track: “You might have heard this all before / But from me it could mean something more.” Whether it’s meant as a parody or novelty, Deface the Music sells their own songwriting skills and sound short. A cute experiment, to be sure, but what was the point again?

BRK 3487 back cover BRK 3487 picture sleeve
BRK 3487 back cover BRK 3487 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. I JUST WANT TO TOUCH YOU    2:00
  2. CRYSTAL BALL    2:00
  3. WHERE DOES THE WORLD GO TO HIDE    1:41
  4. SILLY BOY    2:20
  5. ALONE    2:10
  6. THAT'S NOT RIGHT    2:37
  7. TAKE IT HOME    2:53
  8. HOI POLOI    2:33
  9. LIFE GOES ON    2:21
  10. FEEL TOO GOOD    3:04
  11. ALWAYS LATE    2:22
  12. ALL SMILES    2:27
  13. EVERYBODY ELSE IS WRONG    3:38

    All songs written by Utopia

CREDITS

ROGER POWELL -- engineer, mixing
TODD RUNDGREN --
KASIM SULTON --
JOHN "WILLIE" WILCOX --
The Creative Directors, Inc. -- album design and production
John Wagman -- art director
Jane AMillett -- cover illustration
Kenneth Siegel -- photography

return to UTOPIA discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN September 1980 Bearsville LP/CS BRK 3487 picture sleeve
UK September 1980 Island LP/CS ILPS 9642 picture sleeve
FRA 1980 Bearsville/Carrere LP 67593  
GER 1980 Bearsville LP 202994  
US   Rhino LP/CD/CS RNLP 70873  
JPN   BMG CD VICP-60276 lyric sleeve
EEC 2001? Essential CD ESMCD 760  

 

progrography

© 2003 Connolly & Company. All rights reserved.