08 October 2010

Rock-n-Roll Oldies: Todd Rundgren 1975


Todd Rundgren -dob 6.22.1948- is a multi-talented American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer who still tours on a limited basis, up-to and including earlier this year. 

Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop-wunderkind 
-absolutely adored by critics- and supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972, Rundgren went on to produce a diverse range of recordings as solo artist and during the 70s/80s with the band Utopia

He has also been successful as a producer and engineer on the recorded work of other musicians. Todd Rundgren engineered and/or produced Stage Fright by The Band, We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (now ranked as the 5th biggest-selling album of all time), and then later Skylarking by new-wavers XTC in 1986. 

As a musician, best-known hits include Hello It's Me -written when he was just 16- I Saw the Light which still enjoys heavy rotation on classic rock/adult contemporary radio stations, Just One Victory is long a concert favorite, and Bang the Drum All Day has become an anthem in many American sports arenas, commercials, and movie trailers. 


It always surprised me when I first moved to California in 1990, nobody really seemed to know much of him... more significant back east, perhaps; but I always thought of Rundgren as a towering talent, and an incredible composer. You couldn't ask for more originality, wildly experimental actually... a true genius.  

He was also a pioneer of the "power pop" genre in the early 70s along with Badfinger and Raspberries... great stuff, despite the WTF stage act and sailor pants, lol.

And a feature unique to Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special show was actual live performances, not lip synching... but Todd here makes light of the fact that although he's singing live, it's to a taped musical track... albeit one he himself played all instruments on:





11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Todd is genius...musically and as a motivater in buisness...i love him.

Bungalow Bill said...

Not doing a special feature on John Lennon this week?

Fredd said...

Todd Rundgren couldn't hold Tiny Tim's ukelele (remember Mr. Tim's smash hit, 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips'?)

Reaganite Republican said...

What self-respecting Laugh-In fan wouldn't?

Matt said...

I hadn't hard that in a while. Thanks RR. I love these musical interludes that you do.

Reaganite Republican said...

Thanks Matt- every Friday!

Randy-g said...

Hello its me.......Heh.

Teresa said...

That was great! I really enjoy your Rock-N-Roll posts, RR.

Reaganite Republican said...

Cool Teresa, much obliged!

Red said...

Hey James! Just stopping in to say that and to get my dose of TRRR. Hope things are going great for you ;-) Since I'm posting this from a public library I'm sure we're all flagged by now , lol!

Reaganite Republican said...

Wow- thanks for checking in, sounds like it ain't easy at this particular place and time!

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