How did I find out about this album? Long story short, a crazy old bum told my mom about this song and we looked it up. When I saw the insane artwork and heard the old drum machines I knew I had to listen to the whole thing. The moral of this story is ‘listen to musical recommendations from hobos.’
This is a strange video. In 1978, Todd Rundgren was basically predicting YouTube and the Internet (which existed at the time, but only for DARPA, and it was not available to anyone outside the government (and barely available to them, either)). He obviously doesn’t get it all exactly right, but in the course of dismissing what were then called ‘Video Discs’, he’s saying hard media has no future because computers, software, and ‘interactive cable’ would combine to create the future delivery mechanism for video programming.
One thing he gets wrong is to say that music is more insulated from this disruption than TV or film, and obviously that wasn’t the case. At that time I’m sure it sounded crazy to say that ‘in 25 years’ people might have computers with 1GB of storage in their homes. (remember, in 1978, the Apple II was still new and it had 4KB of RAM.)
(another thing he gets wrong is suggesting SNL might not last)