"It’s basically a three album deal, but they have to put out every album I give them, and they can decide whether they consider it a deal album or an album outside of the deal. They know that if I have one album that’s a big hit, the greatest likelihood is that I’m going to do the polar opposite on the next album … If I deliver an album that they think is commercial, then it goes on the contract and it’s one less album I have to deliver. But if I deliver an album and they say, ‘this is another one of your wacky experiments,’ then they have to put it out anyway, and the 100,000 people who buy all my records will buy it anyway. Since Warner Bros. doesn’t count it as part of the contract, they don’t count it as having been advanced on, so I get paid from the first record sold … I might wind up making 20 records for Warner Bros. before we actually get the three that they actually want, but they’ll all come out."
Todd Rundgren on his deal with Warner Bros. Records for Keyboard magazine, 1987