Oops! Wrong Planet

Oops! Wrong Planet

by Utopia
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Oops! Wrong Planet

Abandoning overt prog -- thereby leaving behind the operas and extended instrumental sections, but not the organ solos -- Utopia became a mainstream rock band with their fourth album, Oops! Wrong Planet. Since the group's first two albums were marginally listenable and RA flirted with outright parody, it comes as a shock to hear Utopia be outright accessible and listenable, two qualities virtually foreign to their previous work. The quartet has been revamped, redesigned as a mainstream arena rock band. And that means that the chores are spread a little more evenly, meaning that not only does everyone get to write, everyone gets to sing, occasionally on songs Todd Rundgren wrote. Despite his efforts to democratize the group, Utopia still feels very much like Rundgren's baby, mainly because the only songs that really work are ones that he writes and sings. And since Utopia is now merely a hard rock band, Rundgren reserves his more ambitious ideas and complex songs for his solo records. The end result of all this is that Oops! Wrong Planet is more consistent than earlier Utopia records, but is not as sporadically brilliant or rewarding as Rundgren's solo albums. Even the bad moments, such as the very silly "Gangrene," aren't particularly unlistenable, yet there are simply too many average, undistinguished songs for the record to actually soar. Nevertheless, Rundgren turns in some fine moments -- "Love in Action" is a terrific hard rocker, as is "Trapped," and "Love Is the Answer" is an ideal stadium anthem -- that make the record worthwhile for the cult, even if it will sound like little more than a period piece to most listeners. [The album was reissued on CD in 2006 and includes a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227087029
catalogNumber: 70870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Utopia   Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren   Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Roger Powell   Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals
Kasim Sulton   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
John "Willie" Wilcox   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
John Wilcox   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Producer,Engineer
Utopia   Graphic Conception
Fred Weiss   Artwork,Graphic Design
Mike Young   Engineer
John Wilcox   Composer
Kenny Kneitel   Graphic Design
Paul Lester   Liner Notes,Reissue Liner Notes
Steve Hammonds   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant

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