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Encyclopedia > Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren
Birth name Todd Harry Rundgren
Born June 22, 1948 (1948-06-22) (age 59)
Origin Upper Darby, PA, United States
Genre(s) Rock, Pop, Progressive, Psychedelic
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, Drummer, Producer, Video Director, Engineer, and Computer Programmer
Years active 1967 – present
Label(s) Bearsville
Associated acts Nazz, Utopia, The New Cars, Meat Loaf, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
Website http://www.tr-i.com/

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Early career

Rundgren began his career in Woody's Truck Stop, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based group based on the model of Paul Butterfield Blues Band. However, he wanted to pursue a more pop/rock-oriented sound, and left the band to form the garage rock group Nazz in 1967. The group gained minor recognition with the songs "Open My Eyes" and "Hello It's Me". (He later recorded a solo, uptempo version of "Hello It's Me"; it became a Top Ten hit and remains one of his signature songs.) Nazz released two albums during this time - Nazz (1968) and Nazz Nazz (1969) - which bear the distinctive imprint of Rundgren's writing, playing and singing. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Paul Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues harmonica player and singer, and one of the earliest white exponents of the Chicago-originated electric blues style. ... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH ... Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that was first popular in the United States and Canada from about 1963 to 1967. ... The Nazz was an early psychedelic garage rock band from the 1960s. ... Uptempo (sometimes UpTempo or up tempo) is an umbrella term for a quick-paced electronic music style. ... Top Ten is a generic term used to indicate the ten items that are best, worst, or otherwise notable according to some criteria. ... The Nazz was an early psychedelic garage rock band from the 1960s. ...


Solo work

After leaving Nazz in 1969, Rundgren alternated production work for other groups with his career as a solo artist. His first solo project was 1970's Runt, which was followed by two highly acclaimed albums, 1971's Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren and 1972's Something/Anything?. Of particular note is that Rundgren wrote, played, sang and produced everything on three of the four sides of the latter album, and has often recorded in this way since then. His music during this period (later classified as an early form of power pop) was profoundly influenced by soul music, 60s pop/rock (especially The Beatles and The Beach Boys), and the sophisticated chord progressions of Laura Nyro. He sometimes demonstrated an interest in other genres as well, however, such as hard rock and experimental music. Tony and Hunt Sales (the sons of 1960s television comedian Soupy Sales) performed on bass and drums, respectively, on the 1970 Runt album. Runt is Todd Rundgrens debut solo album, first released in 1970 on the Ampex Records label and later reissued on CD by Rhino. ... Something/Anything? (released in 1972) is Todd Rundgrens third solo album, and is often regarded to be the singer-songwriters magnum opus. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The Beach Boys is an American rock and roll band. ... Laura Nyro (born Laura Nigro) (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter and singer, one of the most influential musicians to emerge in the 1960s. ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ... Tony Sales is a rock and roll bass guitarist who, with his brother Hunt Sales, has played with Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop and Tin Machine. ... Hunt Sales is a rock and roll drummer who has played with Todd Rundgren, his brother Tony Sales, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... Soupy Sales (born Milton Supman on January 8, 1926) is an American comedian and actor. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...


Though Rundgren never completely abandoned his popular music influences, by the mid-1970s, many of his compositions were stretching themselves into something akin to progressive rock. 1973's transitional A Wizard, a True Star caught the beginning of this trend, which came to fruition in 1974's Todd and 1975's Initiation. His music during this period addressed cosmic themes, showing a strong interest in spirituality (particularly Far Eastern religion and philosophy), and displayed the musical influence of psychedelic rock, as well as the avant-garde jazz fusion of contemporary acts such as the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa. When touring, the music was presented in a lavish stage setting that echoed the ambitious space-themed shows of acts like Parliament/Funkadelic. Rundgren (who had adopted an outlandish space-rock image on stage) was often seen playing the eye-catching psychedelic Gibson SG guitar that Eric Clapton played in Cream. Rundgren auctioned off the original guitar, and he now owns a reproduction. For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... A Wizard, a True Star is a progressive rock recording by Todd Rundgren, released in 1973. ... Todd is a double album by Todd Rundgren, released in 1974. ... Initiation is an album by Todd Rundgren, released in 1975. ... Eastern religion refers to religions that are mostly either Indian or Chinese in origin: The Dharma faiths of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism; and the Chinese religious philosophies of Taoism and Confucianism. ... Eastern philosophy refers very broadly to the various philosophies of Asia, including Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Persian philosophy, Japanese philosophy, and Korean philosophy. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... P-Funk is an abbreviated, compound name for two bands, Parliament and Funkadelic. ... For psychedelics, see psychedelic drug. ... The Gibson SG is a popular model of solid-bodied electric guitar that was introduced in the early 1960s. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Cream were a 1960s British rock band comprising guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ...


His 1976 album Faithful marked a return to the pop/rock genre, featuring one side of original songs and one side of covers of significant songs from 1966, such as "Good Vibrations" and the Yardbirds' "Happening Ten Years Time Ago" (incidentally, the B-side of that Yardbirds single gave Nazz its name). Faithful was followed by the well-received Hermit of Mink Hollow (1978); this included the hit ballad "Can We Still Be Friends," which was accompanied by an innovative self-produced music video. Subsequent solo releases included the album-long concept work Healing (1981), the New Wave-tinged The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1983), which featured the minor novelty hit "Bang the Drum All Day," and the eccentric (but mostly accessible) A Cappella (1985), which was recorded using Rundgren's multitracked voice, accompanied by arrangements constructed from programmed vocal samples. In 1986, Rundgren scored four episodes of the popular children's television show Pee Wee's Playhouse. Faithful is Todd Rundgrens seventh album, released in 1976. ... Good Vibrations is a pop single produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. ... Yardbirds album cover The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock musics most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. ... The Nazz was an early psychedelic garage rock band from the 1960s. ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 1978 albums ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 1981 albums ... The New Wave was a movement in American, Australian and British popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, growing out of the New York City musical scene centered around the club CBGB. The term itself is a source of much confusion. ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 1983 albums ... A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 1985 albums ... Pee-wees Playhouse was a half-hour CBS USA TV Saturday morning live-action childrens show starring Pee-wee Herman (played by Paul Reubens) that aired from 1986 until 1991 and was enormously popular with both children and adults. ...


Nearly Human (1989) and 2nd Wind (1991) were both recorded live--the former in the studio, the latter in a theater before a live audience, which was instructed to remain silent. Each song on these albums was recorded as a complete single take with no later overdubbing. Both albums marked, in part, a return to his Philly soul roots. 2nd Wind also included several excerpts from Rundgren's musical Up Against It, which was adapted from the screenplay (originally titled "Prick Up Your Ears") that British playwright Joe Orton had originally offered to The Beatles for their never-made follow-up to Help!. Categories: Album stubs | Todd Rundgren albums | 1989 albums | Rock albums ... 2nd Wind was the 13th album released by Todd Rundgren, as well as his last one for a major label. ... ==Individual Studio== A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... Overdubbing is a technique used by recording studios to add a supplementary recorded sound to a previously taped musical recording. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... Up Against It is an unproduced script by Joe Orton that he wrote it for The Beatles at the height of their fame. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Joe Orton Joe Orton (Born: John Kingsley Orton 1 January 1933, Leicester, England. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Help! is a 1965 film starring the The Beatles and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal and Roy Kinnear. ...


After a long absence from touring, Rundgren hit the road with the large and versatile Nearly Human-2nd Wind band, which included brass and a trio of slinky backup singers (one of whom, Michele Gray, Rundgren married). He also toured during this period with Ringo Starr's All-Starr band. Backup singer, backing singer, background singer, and background vocalist are all terms meaning the same: a vocalist who sings in support (in back-up) of a lead vocalist or singer, often accompanied by other backup singers. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award-winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ...


The next few years saw Rundgren re-inventing himself again, recording under the pseudonym TR-i ("Todd Rundgren interactive") for two albums. The first of these, 1993's No World Order, consisted of hundreds of seconds-long snippets of music that could be seamlessly combined in various ways to suit the listener. Initially targeted for the Philips CD-i platform, No World Order featured interactive controls for tempo, mood, and other parameters, along with pre-programmed mixes by Rundgren himself, Bob Clearmountain, Don Was, and Jerry Harrison. The disc was also released for PC and Macintosh and in two versions on standard audio CD, the continuous mix disc No World Order and, later, the more song-oriented No World Order Lite. The music itself was quite a departure from Rundgren's previous work, with a dance/techno feel and much rapping by Rundgren. The follow-up, 1995's The Individualist, featured interactive video content that could be viewed (and in one case, played -- it was a simple video game) along with the music, which was more rock-oriented than No World Order. No World Order is an album by Todd Rundgren (under the pseudonym TR-i), released in 1993. ... CD-i or Compact Disc Interactive is the name of an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard utilized by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was co-developed by... Bob Clearmountain is a legendary American music engineer, mixer and producer. ... Don Was (born Don Fagenson on September 13, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musician and a music and record producer. ... Jerry Harrison (born February 21, 1949) was the keyboardist and guitarist for the influential New Wave group Talking Heads. ... IBM PC compatible computers are those generally similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT. Such computers used to be referred to as PC clones, or IBM clones since they almost exactly duplicated all the significant features of the PC, XT, or AT internal design, facilitated by various manufacturers... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... CD redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Techno is a form of electronic dance music that became prominent in Detroit, Michigan during the mid-1980s with influences from electro, New Wave, Funk and futuristic fiction themes that were prevalent and relative to modern culture during the end of the Cold War in industrial America at that time. ... Rap redirects here. ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 1995 albums ... Computer and video games redirects here. ...


Rundgren returned to recording under his own name for With a Twist, an album of bossa-nova covers of his older material. His Patronet work, which trickled out to subscribers over more than a year, was released in 2000 as One Long Year. In 2004, Rundgren released Liars, a concept album about "paucity of truth" that features a mixture of his older and newer sounds. With A Twist is a 1997 album by Todd Rundgren. ... For other uses, see Bossa nova (disambiguation). ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 2000 albums ... Categories: Todd Rundgren albums | 2004 albums ...


Utopia

Rundgren's back-up band circa A Wizard, a True Star proved to be the first incarnation of Utopia. This band featured an interesting character completely disguised in a silver suit, M. Frog Labat (Jean-Yves Labat de Rossi) on synthesizers, who also put out his own electronics/keyboards-based solo album. Utopia (version 1) would reform again in 1974 as a larger prog-rock ensemble, which included multiple keyboards, synthesizers and brass. They premiered on 1974's Todd Rundgren's Utopia, and went on to record the 1975 live album Another Live. In 1976, Rundgren re-established Utopia (version 2) as a tight, disciplined four-piece group that became a popular recording and touring band of its day. Favoring pop and anthemic rock over the group's earlier synthesizer experimentation, this core Utopia lineup featured Roger Powell on keyboards, Kasim Sulton on bass, and John Wilcox on drums, although all members played multiple instruments and sang both lead and harmony vocals at times. After 1977's prog-rock fusion homage, Ra, Utopia moved toward a more pop-oriented style with 1977's Oops! Wrong Planet and the more successful Adventures In Utopia in 1980, which spawned the hits "Road to Utopia", "Set Me Free" and "Caravan". Other releases include Deface the Music (also 1980), an uncanny Beatles homage that borders on parody; their pop-referenced, self-titled album Utopia (1982), as well as their 1983 Oblivion, which showed a cynical side of Utopia, sporting a black cover; 1985's P.O.V. includes "Mated", later a staple of Rundgren solo tours. Rundgren eventually disbanded Utopia in the mid-80s; they released Trivia (1986) as their "swan song" effort. Utopia was a progressive rock band led by Todd Rundgren that was together roughly from 1973 to 1987. ... Synth redirects here. ... Another Live (released in 1975) is the second album released by Utopia, as well as their first fully live album. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ra is the first studio album by Utopia, released on Bearsville Records in 1977. ... An album released in 1980 by Todd Rundgrens band, Utopia. ... For a description of the medieval homage ceremony see commendation ceremony Homage is generally used in modern English to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom you feel indebted. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


Eventually, the compilation Oblivion, P.O.V. and Some Trivia was released in 1996, an effort by Rhino Records to re-release selections from the Todd/Utopia discography. Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ...


Production, video & other work

In addition to his own recordings, Rundgren has produced albums for Halfnelson (first incarnation of Sparks), New York Dolls, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall & Oates, Ian and Sylvia (on their "Great Speckled Bird" album), Meat Loaf, Patti Smith, The Tubes, Tom Robinson Band, XTC, Bad Religion, Cheap Trick, The Hello People, Hiroshi Takano, Bourgeois Tagg, 12 Rods, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Psychedelic Furs, The Band, The American Dream, and many others. The troubled XTC sessions produced the album Skylarking, now considered a high point for band and producer despite its acrimonious origin. Rundgren's production of Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell helped that album become one of the very top selling LPs released in the 1970s. The industry regard for Rundgren's production work has been a lofty one: Jim Steinman, with whom Rundgren worked on Bat Out of Hell, has said in interviews that "Todd Rundgren is a genius and I don't use that word a lot." [1] Sparks is an American rock and pop music band formed in Los Angeles in 1970 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals). ... For the self-titled debut album, visit New York Dolls (album) The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... Badfinger were a rock/pop band formed in Swansea, Wales in 1965, and one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. ... Grand Funk Railroad is an American rock band. ... Hall & Oates is a popular music duo made up of Daryl Hall & John Oates. ... Ian and Sylvia Tyson were a Canadian folk music duo who performed and recorded from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. ... This article is about the singer. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... The Tubes are a San Francisco-based theatre rock band, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, known for their live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography with wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. ... Tom Robinson began gigging in London in 1976 with a constantly shuffling lineup of musician friends backing him and by the end of the year, he had decided to put together a permanent band. ... XTC are an influential new wave band from Swindon, England. ... Bad Religion is a seminal American punk rock band, formed in Southern California in 1980 by Jay Bentley (bass), Greg Graffin (vocals), Brett Gurewitz (guitars) and Jay Ziskrout (drums). ... Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... Hiroshi Takano ) (born December 14, 1964) is a Japanese singer, composer, lyricist, music arranger, guitarist and producer. ... Brent Bourgeois is a U.S. rock musician and producer. ... 12 Rods were an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA that formed in 1992 and split up in 2004. ... The Pursuit of Happiness are a Canadian rock group, who were one of Canadas most successful independent bands in the 1980s. ... The Psychedelic Furs are an influential English post-punk band founded in the late 1970s. ... For other uses, see Band. ... Skylarking is a 1986 album by XTC. Considered by many to be their finest album, Skylarking displayed songwriting and arranging heavily influenced by The Beatles of Revolver and Sgt. ... This article describes the album by Meat Loaf. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York)[1] is a record producer, composer, and lyricist responsible for several hit songs. ...


Rundgren has long been on the cutting edge of music and video technologies. His music video for the song "Time Heals" was among the first videos aired on MTV, and a video he produced for RCA (accompanied by Holst's "The Planets") was used as a demo for their videodisc players. His experience with computer graphics dates back to 1981, when he developed one of the first computer paint programs, dubbed the Utopia Graphics System; it ran on an Apple II with Apple's digitizer tablet. He is also the co-developer of the computer screensaver system Flowfazer. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This article is about the former RCA Corporation. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... A screensaver is a computer program originally designed to conserve the image quality of computer displays by blanking the screen or filling them with moving images or patterns when the computers are not in use. ...


In the 1990s, Rundgren was an early adopter of the NewTek Video Toaster and made several videos with it. The first, for "Change Myself" from 2nd Wind, was widely distributed as a demo reel for the Toaster; he also used the system for videos from No World Order (songs "Fascist Christ" and "Property"). Later, he set up a company to produce 3D animation using the Toaster; this company's first demo, "Theology" (a look at religious architecture through the ages featuring music by former Utopia bandmate Roger Powell) also became a widely-circulated item among Toaster users. Most of Rundgren's Toaster work is available on the video compilation The Desktop Collection. It has been suggested that ToasterEdit, ToasterCG be merged into this article or section. ...


Rundgren composed music for the 1986 TV series Pee-wee's Playhouse and Crime Story as well as the movies "Undercover" (a/k/a "Under Cover") (1987), and Dumb and Dumber (1994), plus background cues for several other TV shows. He hosted a syndicated radio show called "The Difference" in the early 1990s. Pee-wees Playhouse is a childrens television program starring Pee-Wee Herman. ... Crime Story was an NBC TV drama created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson. ... Dumb and Dumber (known as Jim Carrey is Mr. ...


As the Internet gained mass acceptance in the mid-1990s Rundgren, along with longtime manager Eric Gardner and Apple digital music exec Kelli Richards, started Patronet, which offered fans (patrons) access to his works in progress and new unreleased tracks in exchange for a subscription fee, cutting out record labels. The songs from Rundgren's first Patronet run were later released as the album One Long Year. Since then, Rundgren has severed his connections with major record labels and continues to offer new music direct to subscribers via his website, although he also continues to record and release CDs through independent labels. (However, as of November 2007, the PatroNet.com website offers the following message: "PatroNet is undergoing a major software revision and is not accepting memberships at this time.")


In the summer of 2001, Rundgren joined artists such as Alan Parsons, The Who's John Entwistle, Heart's Ann Wilson and Ambrosia's David Pack for the successful "A Walk Down Abbey Road" tour, in which the musicians played their own hits alongside Beatles favorites. Alan Parsons (b. ... The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known as the bass guitarist for the rock band The Who. ... For other uses, see Heart (disambiguation). ... Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California) is the lead singer and flute player[1] of Heart. ... Ambrosia is a musical group formed in the Los Angeles area during the early 1970s. ... David Pack was a co-founder and lead singer of the band Ambrosia. ...


Rundgren toured the US and Europe in 2004 with Joe Jackson and the string quartet Ethel, appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien performing their collaborative cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". (video) Joe Jackson (born David Ian Jackson, 11 August 1954, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) is an English musician and singer-songwriter probably best-known for the 1979 hit song Is She Really Going Out With Him?, which still gets extensive FM radio airplay; for his 1982 hit, Steppin Out; and for... ETHEL is the name of an American string quartet based in New York City that is dedicated to the performance of new music. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ... While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a rock song by The Beatles from the double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). ...


The New Cars

In late 2005, rumors began circulating that the influential Boston-based band The Cars were planning to re-form despite bass player Benjamin Orr's death and the oft-mentioned refusal of former lead singer Ric Ocasek to even consider any reunion. Soon the rumors mentioned that Rundgren had joined Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes in rehearsals for a possible new Cars lineup. Initial speculation pointed to The New Cars being fleshed out with Clem Burke of Blondie and Art Alexakis of Everclear. Eventually it was revealed that The New Cars were to complete their lineup with veteran bass player and former Rundgren bandmate Kasim Sulton and studio drummer Prairie Prince of The Tubes, who had played on XTC's Rundgren-produced Skylarking and who has recorded and toured with Rundgren. Boston redirects here. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... Benjamin Orr (September 8, 1947 – October 3, 2000) was the bass guitar player and one of the vocalists for New Wave band The Cars. ... Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains and Suicide. ... Elliot Easton Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, 18 December 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) played lead guitar and sang background vocals for The Cars. ... Greg Hawkes is one of the most influential keyboardists of the new wave era. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... The New Cars, the latest incarnation of The Cars, is a supergroup comprised of Todd Rundgren, Journey/Jefferson Starship/The Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, original The Cars members Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton, as well as a rotating membership between Meat Loafs bass player Kasim Sulton and legendary bass... Clem Burke (born Clement Burke, November 24, 1955, in Bayonne, New Jersey) is the drummer for the band Blondie. ... Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s, and which has sold over 140 million records. ... Art Alexakis (born Arthur Paul Alexakis on April 12, 1962) is the singer/guitarist and songwriter of the rock band Everclear. ... Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Prairie Prince Prairie Prince (born Charles LEmpereur Prince, May 7, 1950, Charlotte, North Carolina) is a rocknroll drummer. ... The Tubes are a San Francisco-based theatre rock band, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, known for their live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography with wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. ... XTC are an influential new wave band from Swindon, England. ... Skylarking is a 1986 album by XTC. Considered by many to be their finest album, Skylarking displayed songwriting and arranging heavily influenced by The Beatles of Revolver and Sgt. ...


In early 2006, the new lineup played a few private shows for industry professionals, played live on The Tonight Show and made other media appearances before commencing a 2006 summer tour with the re-formed Blondie. The band sounded surprisingly unchanged from their previous incarnation, and many for the first time noted a similarity between Rundgren's vocals and Ocasek's; although Rundgren did not seem to have altered his style significantly to fit the songs originally sung by the uniquely-inflected Ocasek, the performances were nonetheless fresh and well-received. (In addition, Sulton performed Orr's songs with great credibility and sensitivity, the classic Drive being a highlight of the shows.) May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jay Leno on NBC. It premiered on May 25, 1992, succeeding The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ... Blondie is the name of an American rock band that first gained fame in the late 1970s, and which has sold over 140 million records. ...


Rundgren has referred to the project as "an opportunity ... for me to pay my bills, play to a larger audience, work with musicians I know and like, and ideally have some fun for a year."


The New Cars' first single, "Not Tonight," was released on March 20, 2006. A portion of the song is featured on a promotional teaser for the band online. A live album/greatest hits collection, The New Cars: It's Alive, was released in June, 2006. The album includes classic Cars songs (and two Rundgren hits) recorded live plus three new studio tracks.


Personal life

In 1972, Rundgren began a relationship with 19-year-old fashion model, Bebe Buell. Rundgren and Buell mostly lived together until 1977, although they both had relationships with other persons during this time. During 1976, Buell had an 8-month relationship with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and gave birth to their child (future actress Liv Tyler) in 1977. However, Buell did not want Tyler to be identified as Liv’s father due to his drug abuse problem. Rundgren is listed as Liv’s father on her birth certificate. Although he separated from Bebe soon after Liv's birth, Rundgren remained the primary father figure for Liv for the next 10-years. Bebe Buell traveled in celebrity circles most of her life. ... Stephen Victor Tallarico (born March 26, 1948 in Yonkers, New York),[1] better known as Steven Tyler (and often nicknamed The Demon of Screamin) is an American musician and songwriter. ... Liv Tyler (born Liv Rundgren, on July 1, 1977, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York[1]) is an American actress and model. ...


In 1979, Rundgren started a relationship with Bruce Springsteen's ex-live-in Karen Darvin, a then 23-year old New York actress and singer. In 1980, Darvin gave birth to Rex Rundgren and, in 1985, to Randy Rundgren. In 1984, Rundgren began a relationship with Michele Gray, who worked as a back-up singer for him and other music groups. In 1988, Rundgren's oldest child, Liv, learned that her biological father was Steven Tyler. She afterwards went by the name Liv Tyler, and has since pursued a successful modeling and acting career. In 1992, Gray gave birth to her first child, Rebop Rundgren, and in June 1998, Michele and Todd were married. The Rundgrens and their three boys have maintained a primary residence on the island of Kauai in Hawaii for many years. Randy and Rex Rundgren are professional baseball players. Liv Tyler (born Liv Rundgren, on July 1, 1977, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, New York[1]) is an American actress and model. ...


In popular culture

  • The song "Bang the Drum All Day" was used in several TV commercials during the late 1990s and became an unofficial anthem of the Green Bay Packers and a sports arena favorite. In 1995, during the Packers' rise back to NFL prominence, the team began playing the song after every touchdown, a tradition which continues to this day. Since then, other NFL teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams (who performed their Bob and Weave touchdown dance to this song in 1999) also began to play it following every touchdown. The song was also used by the New York Knicks after taking late leads during the mid-90s. Some commercial FM radio stations use the song as a "wake-up call" for their morning show openings. Others (such as 96.5 WKLH in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) play it on Friday afternoons to signal the start of the weekend. Still others, like WMJI-FM, a commercial radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, feature the song on Friday mornings.
  • Rundgren also composed and recorded theme music for the American pilot for cult UK sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, though it never aired.
  • On the day he shot and killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman left an eight-track tape of Rundgren's album The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, along with other artifacts, in his New York hotel room in an orderly semicircle on the hotel dresser. "I left it as a statement, I guess," he was quoted as saying in Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, the Man Who Killed John Lennon (Jack Jones, Villard Books, 1992). Chapman had been obsessed with Rundgren and told Jones, "Right between the chambers of your heart is how Rundgren's music is to me. I cannot overestimate the depth of what his music meant to me."
  • In the pilot of That 70s Show the main characters attend a Todd Rundgren concert. One of the jokes has character Jackie pretending to be a serious Rundgren fan, but she doesn't know how to pronounce his name correctly. During the end credits, all the main characters sing along to "Hello It's Me". This credit sequence was again used in the final episode of the show.
  • On the 30 Rock episode "The C Word," Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon is telling producer Pete and writer Frank about the obscenity Lutz called her, stating, "He called me the worst name ever. I'm not gonna repeat it. That's how much I hate it." Then after multiple guesses by the two, she says, "No! It's the one that rhymes with the name of your favorite Todd Rundgren album," referring to Runt, but Frank replies "It rhymes with "Hermit of Mink Hollow"?"

Bang the Drum All Day is a song by Todd Rundgren. ... Packers redirects here. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Current uniform Team colors Black, Orange, White Mascot Who Dey Personnel Owner Mike Brown General Manager {{{general manager}}} Head Coach... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1936) National Football League (1937–present) Western Division (1937-1949) National Conference (1950-1952) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970-present) Current uniform Team colors Millennium Blue and New Century Gold Personnel Owner Chip... Knicks redirects here. ... WKLH (96. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... WMJI is a commercial FM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, broadcasting at 105. ... This article is about the British sitcom. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Mark David Chapman (born May 10, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is the man who shot and killed British musician and activist John Lennon on December 8, 1980 in New York City. ... That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the late 1970s. ... This article is about Stephen Colbert, the actor. ... The Colbert Report (IPA ) is an American satirical television program that airs from 11:30 p. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... Ric Ocasek (born Richard Otcasek on March 23, 1949, in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former vocalist and frontman for The Cars and a producer for several other groups, including Bad Brains and Suicide. ... Daft Punks Electroma is a film by French duo Daft Punk. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (b. ...

Discography

Main article: Todd Rundgren discography

References

  1. ^ http://www.neverlandhotel.dk/news/index.php?nr=17

External links

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