TRANSCRIPT Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Todd Rundgren on the song that changed his life

The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. When we asked Todd Rundgren about the song that changed his life, he had a lot he could choose from. But, he eventually landed on one of the most iconic hit rock songs: “Louie, Louie,” by the Kingsmen. With this song, he brings us back to his teenage years—the time he was in a rookie band who, on occasion, might’ve needed songs they could fake their way through. Plus, he shares a great story about learning “The Chipmunk Song.” Todd’s new album is called “The Individualist, A True Star Live” and it’s available to buy or stream now.

Guests: Todd Rundgren

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