Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

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American musician (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, saxophone, theremin), singer-songwriter and record producer.
Born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Todd Rundgren began his career in blues band Woody's Truck Stop but left to form Nazz in 1967 who charted with "Open My Eyes" and "Hello It's Me." He left Nazz in 1969 to pursue a solo career and released Runt (1970), Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971) and double LP Something/Anything? (1972) on which he singly wrote, performed and produced 3 of the 4 sides of the album, the 4th side being a single live take with a studio band.

Rundgren also took on production projects for other groups at Bearsville Studios whilst his musical boundaries stretched from Pop to Heavy Metal to Soul as demonstrated by 'A Wizard, A True Star' (1973), followed by another double album 1974's Todd and 1975's Initiation. At this time he also started to release progressive and experimental live and studio material with his backing band Utopia.

Rundgren continued to produce solo material, notably Faithful (1976) featuring one side of originals and one side of covers from 1966, Hermit of Mink Hollow (1978), Healing (1981), The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1983) and the aptly named A Cappella (1985). Utopia disbanded in 1986 having released a string of live and studio albums under the Todd Rundgren/Utopia banner all of which featured Rundgren's seemingly inexhaustible songwriting, vocal and performance contributions.

After a break he released the live studio album Nearly Human (1989) followed by 2nd Wind (1991) performed before a live audience who were instructed to remain silent. In 1993 Rundgren reinvented himself again on the Internet as TR-i ("Todd Rundgren interactive") and "released" New World Order followed by The Individualist (1995). His Patronet work, which trickled out to subscribers over more than a year, was released in 2000 as One Long Year.

Rundgren returned to recording under his own name for With a Twist, an album of bossa-nova covers of his older material. Also released were Reconstructed which features techno remixes of Rundgren and Utopia tracks by other artists and Todd Rundgren and His Friends which contains various artists remakes and remixes Rundgren songs.

In 2004, Rundgren released Liars and in 2005, following considerable rumour and speculation it was announced that he was joining the line-up of 80's rock band The Cars, now renamed as The New Cars. A live album The New Cars: It's Alive, will was released in 2006.

Rundgren and long term partner Bebe Buell raised actress Liv Tyler as his daughter until age 11 due to the drug excesses of her biological father, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
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Todd Rundgren Discography

Albums

A-10105 Todd Rundgren Runt (Album) Ampex Records A-10105 US 1970 Sell This Version
2BX 2066 Todd Rundgren Something / Anything? (Album) Bearsville 2BX 2066 US 1972 Sell This Version
P-8410W Todd Rundgren Hello It's Me(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records P-8410W Japan 1972 Sell This Version
BR 2133 Todd Rundgren A Wizard, A True Star (Album) Bearsville BR 2133 US 1973 Sell This Version
2 BR 6952, 2BR 6952 Todd Rundgren Todd (Album) Bearsville 2 BR 6952, 2BR 6952 US 1974 Sell This Version
Pro 597 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren Interview(LP, Promo) Bearsville Pro 597 US 1974 Sell This Version
BR 6957 Todd Rundgren Initiation (Album) Bearsville BR 6957 US 1975 Sell This Version
M8 6963 Todd Rundgren Faithful (Album) Bearsville M8 6963 US 1976 Sell This Version
J8A 6986 Todd Rundgren Back To The Bars (Album) Bearsville J8A 6986 US 1978 Sell This Version
BRK 6981 Todd Rundgren Hermit Of Mink Hollow (Album) Bearsville BRK 6981 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
K 465511, K465511 Todd Rundgren Back To The Bars (Cassette 2 of 2)(Cass) Bearsville, Bearsville K 465511, K465511 UK 1978 Sell This Version
200.739 Todd Rundgren Runt. The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren (Album) Bearsville 200.739 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
PRO-A-788 Todd Rundgren Songs From Back To The Bars(LP, Smplr, Promo) Bearsville Records PRO-A-788 US 1979 Sell This Version
26AP 2021, 26AP 2022 Todd Rundgren Healing (Album, EP) Bearsville, Avatar Records (4) 26AP 2021, 26AP 2022 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
BRLP 23732 Todd Rundgren The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (Album) Bearsville, Bearsville BRLP 23732 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
R2 75761 Todd Rundgren A Cappella (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records R2 75761 US 1985 Sell This Version
92-58811 Todd Rundgren Nearly Human (Album) Warner Bros. Records 92-58811 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
4-26478 Todd Rundgren 2nd Wind (Album) Warner Bros. Records 4-26478 US 1991 Sell This Version
PCCY-00457 Todd Rundgren / TR-I Todd Rundgren / TR-I - No World Order (Album) Forward (2) PCCY-00457 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
7243 8 59866 2 8 Todd Rundgren With A Twist... (Album) Guardian Records 7243 8 59866 2 8 US 1997 Sell This Version
PCCY-01121 Todd Rundgren Up Against It(CD, Album) Canyon International PCCY-01121 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
CRCL-7706 Todd Rundgren One Long Year (Album) Artemis Records, Sheridan Square Entertainment, Epic CRCL-7706 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
70710-88056-2 Todd Rundgren Live(CD) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records 70710-88056-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
CLP 0935-2 Todd Rundgren Reconstructed (Album) Cleopatra CLP 0935-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
CRCL-7711/12 Utopia (5) Featuring Todd Rundgren Utopia (5) Featuring Todd Rundgren - Deface The Music Tour(2xCD, Album) Rhino Records (2), Panfish CRCL-7711/12 Japan 2001 Sell This Version