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Todd Rundgren is an American singer-songwriter and producer with a full twenty-five albums to his name. Starting in the 60s with the psychedelic band Nazz in Philadelphia, his solo career started out successfully with such hits as "I Saw the Light" and "Hello It's Me" (a reworked Nazz tune). With his 1972 release 'Something/Anything?' seen as a magnum opus due to its mix of power pop, rock n roll, and more, Rundgren's new band called Utopia (or Todd Rundgren's Utopia) concentrated on eccentric progressive epics. His acclaimed production effort started early, with work for Sparks and the New York Dolls, and continued with Meat Loaf, XTC, The Psychedelic Furs, and many others. Continuing to release solo albums over the years, he's created many other hits, the novelty tune "Bang the Drum All Day" in particular seeming timeless.Read More...
Todd Rundgren is well known among his fans as being an electronic music revolutionary. His skilled production techniques, matched by his belief that he has ability to play just about any instrument at a mastery level, has allowed him to release some of the most honest and personal music of his time. Many of his solo albums, including the critically-acclaimed 'Something/Anything?' were made completely by himself. That is, he played all the instruments, sang all the vocals, did all of the recording, editing, mixing, and mastering, and even distributed the album through his own record label, called Bearsville.
Oddly enough, the particular case of 'Something/Anything' involved the album actually having one side (side four) that specifically featured songs performed by a studio band, placed on the album to show Todd's ability in working with musicians. For over fourty years now, Rundgren has had a successful musical career that's involved performing with other famous artists. For example, he fronted, recorded, and toured with the group The New Cars, which featured two of his own band members and two of the remaining The Cars members. In addition, he released a solo album in 2004 entitled 'Liars', which featured songs on the recurring theme of deceit and broken promises, and his touring group included his long-time bassist Kasim Sulton being put alongside former The Tubes drummer Prarie Prince.
Rundgren's latest work is 'Global', a release set to come out on April 7th, 2015 that has found his name back in the news (not that its ever that far from it in the first place). He also has recently famously collaborated with former Beatle Ringo Starr, both in terms of Starr's studio output and Starr's acclaimed touring. Several music journalists have praised his recent burst of activity as that of a rock n roll veteran, looking forwards to future endeavors.
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- LyricsHello It's me,
I've thought about us for a long, long time
Maybe I think too much but some thing's wrong
There's something here that doesn't last too long
Maybe I shouldn't think of you as mine
- LyricsIt was late last night
I was feeling something wasn't right
There was not another soul in sight
Only you, only you
So we walked along
- LyricsDo you remember the last time I said
If I ever thought of lying
I'd rather think of dying instead
And maybe you remember the last time you called me
To say we were through
- LyricsA million old soldiers will fade away
But a dream goes on forever
I'm left standing here, I've got nothing to say
All is silent within my dream
A thousand true loves will live and die
- LyricsWe can't play this game anymore but
Can we still be friends?
Things just can't go on like before but
Can we still be friends?
We had something to learn
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