Todd Rundgren is doing his part in supporting the Democratic party by re-recording a version of his song, “Just One Victory” and giving it to any Democratic candidate who wants it to support their campaign. He is recruiting an all star team to help him with the new version of the song. Though still in the early planning stages, so far that team includes Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall, Paul Shaffer and producer Don Was.
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Rundgren explains his reasoning for wanting to re-record his song and his support of the Democratic party in the following quote. “Everyone is trying to figure out what they can do to get that maniac out of the White House. More importantly, to get the banana Republican party out of governing wherever possible. The song will be available to any Democratic candidate that’s been approved by the DNC to use at for campaigns and at their rallies. They can also use it in a commercial if they so desire.”
Just One Victory originally appeared as the final track on Rundgren’s LP, A Wizard, a True Star in 1973. At the time, he had had some success with his 60’s psychedelic band Nazz and was looking to branch out as a solo artist. He was gaining momentum with hits under his belt such as ‘Hello, It’s Me’ and ‘I Saw the Light’ but wanted to write something that was not a love song. That’s how the track was inspired.
Although the song was not a single, it became a fan favorite over the years and he often plays it as a closer at his concerts. Recently, he began thinking about how it could be an effective Democratic anthem. He expressed his interest in using it in that capacity during a conversation with Richard Foos, formerly or Rhino Records, who now has a Political Action Committee. The idea blew up from there.
Rundgren was quick to recruit Hall, Walsh, Shaffer and Was for the project but he says this is only the beginning. Currently stranded in Kauai due to coronavirus travel restrictions, he is limited in what he can do. However, once the health scare blows over, the musician will be able to devote more of his time and resources to getting a team together for the recording.
The team will not only include musicians. Rundgren explains that he will be talking to anyone that can carry a tune, as long as they support the Democratic party.
Because of coronavirus setbacks, Rundgren predicts he will not have the completed song out until the early summer. However, once released, Democratic candidates will be able to use it in campaigns and commercials without having to pay a dime.
Democrat or Republican, it will definitely be interesting to hear the final version of the song. We look forward to its release.