Song Of The Day 7/22/2016: Todd Rundgren – “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”
"Couldn't I Just Tell You" (#93, 1972) was one of three singles to be released from Something/Anything? The other two, "I Saw the Light" and his re-recorded version of "Hello It's Me," were actual hits. "Couldn't I Just Tell You," despite being one of my favorite guitar songs by the pound, is often Exhibit A when I pontificate about how "power pop," despite all acknowledgement that it should have been popular, frustratingly never was. If people got all tingly from rudimentary power-chord fests like Free's "All Right Now," then I don't understand how the guitars in the verses wouldn't flambé the hell outta 'em. The chorus is perfect. And that final guitar breakdown before the final chorus... I can't tell if it's acoustic or electric. It's a guessing game. There are no answers. What was wrong with us? I ask you. What could have been going on at that time that was so important that we had to listen to something else?