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Todd Rundgren is an American and producer with a full twenty-five albums to his name. Starting in the 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 , , and more, Rundgren's new band called Utopia (or Todd Rundgren's Utopia) concentrated on eccentric 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.

Todd Rundgren is well known among his fans as being an 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.

Website: http://www.tr-i.com/

Core discography (live releases not fully represented yet):

With Nazz:
1968 - Nazz
1969 - Nazz Nazz
1970 - Nazz III

1970 - Runt
1971 - Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren
1972 - Something/Anything?
1973 - A Wizard, a True Star
1974 - Todd
1975 - Initiation
1976 - Faithful
1978 - Hermit of Mink Hollow
1978 - Back to the Bars (live)
1981 - Healing
1983 - The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
1985 - A Cappella
1989 - Nearly Human
1991 - 2nd Wind
1993 - No World Order
1995 - The Individualist
1997 - With a Twist
1998 - Up Against It
2000 - One Long Year
2003 - Can't Stop Running (live box set)
2004 - Liars
2008 - Arena
2011 - Todd Rundgren's Johnson
2011 - (re)Production
2013 - State
2015 - Global

With Utopia:
1974 - Todd Rundgren's Utopia
1975 - Another Live
1976 (released 2001) - Disco Jets
1977 - Ra
1977 - Oops! Wrong Planet
1980 - Adventures in Utopia
1980 - Deface the Music
1982 - Swing to the Right
1982 - Utopia
1984 - Oblivion
1985 - P.O.V.
2003 - Last of the New Wave Riders (live box set)

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