Todd Rundgren created one of his most beloved songs of the 1980's with this novelty tune, which combined new wave affectations with a sloppy but cheerful garage rock approach. The slyly witty lyrics portray a musically-gifted rebel who keeps the frustrations of the world at bay with his drum-playing skills: "I don’t want to work/I want to bang on the drum all day/I don’t want to play/I just want to bang on the drum all day." The music is just as exuberant as the lyrics, matching verses that swing in a rowdy fashion to a gleeful sing-along chorus. Todd Rundgren’s recording of "Bang The Drum All Day" cleverly fuses new wave and garage rock elements: synthesizer lines dominate the song in a new wave style but they sound like the farfisa organ that dressed up garage rock classic like "96 Tears" and raucous backing vocals, hard hitting drumwork and a Who-styled bass solo only enhance this feel. Rundgren roars in a classic rock and roll style over this fun-time rock sound, topping it off in an engaging style. The end result only had limited success as a single, failing to break the top 40, but "Bang The Drum All Day" gained a second life when radio stations around the country adopted into the lineup of songs they played during the post-work rush hour on Friday afternoons. It remains a favorite on these shows and this notoriety has made it one of Rundgren’s best-known latter day efforts.