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

Todd Rundgren Runt (Album) Ampex Records US 1970 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Something / Anything? (Album) Bearsville US 1972 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren A Wizard, A True Star (Album) Bearsville US 1973 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Todd (Album) Bearsville US 1974 Sell This Version
P-8410W Todd Rundgren Hello It's Me(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records P-8410W Japan 1974 Sell This Version
Pro 597 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren Interview(LP, Promo) Bearsville Pro 597 US 1974 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Initiation (Album) Bearsville US 1975 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Faithful (Album) Bearsville US 1976 Sell This Version
BR 6965 Todd Rundgren RA Utopia(12", Album, RE) Bearsville BR 6965 US 1976 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Back To The Bars (Album) Bearsville US 1978 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Hermit Of Mink Hollow (Album) Bearsville Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Runt. The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren (Album, Comp) Bearsville 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
Todd Rundgren Healing (Album, EP, Single) Bearsville, Avatar Records (4) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (Album) Bearsville, Bearsville Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren A Cappella (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren Nearly Human (Album) Warner Bros. Records Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren 2nd Wind (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren / TR-I = トッド・ラングレン* Todd Rundgren / TR-I = トッド・ラングレン* - No World Order (Album) Forward (2) Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren With A Twist... (Album) Guardian Records US 1997 Sell This Version
PCCY-01121 Todd Rundgren Up Against It(CD, Album) Canyon International PCCY-01121 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Todd Rundgren One Long Year (Album) Artemis Records, Sheridan Square Entertainment, Epic 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
Todd Rundgren Reconstructed (Album) Cleopatra US 2001 Sell This Version
cdm gram 142 Todd Rundgren Reconstructed(CD, Album) Anagram Records cdm gram 142 UK 2001 Sell This Version