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Album: The Best of England Dan and John Ford ColeyReleased: 1979Charted:
Todd Rundgren wrote this hopeful song about the power of love for his band Utopia, which released it on their 1977 album Oops! Wrong Planet
. The song became a hit in 1979 when England Dan & John Ford Coley recorded a slicker version perfect for the adult contemporary market, and scored their last of six US Top 40 hits with their cover.
In our 2015 interview with Todd Rundgren
, he explained that Utopia's Oops! Wrong Planet
was a "bummer album," and that they included this song on it to make it more uplifting.
Todd Rundgren performed this song when he toured as part of Ringo Starr's "All Starr Band" in 2015. Ringo insists on three hits from his guests, and along with "I Saw The Light
" and "Bang the Drum All Day
," he wanted Todd to do "Hello It's Me
." Rundgren didn't think that one was a good fit in the set, as it's a very introspective song and Ringo's shows are very communal. Todd convinced him to go with "Love Is The Answer," which he thought was the perfect song for Ringo - "Mr. Peace And Love" as Rundgren calls him. The plan worked: the song went over very well at these shows and fit the vibe perfectly.