Todd Rundgren

About

Considered by many to be the “Ultimate Rock Cult Hero”, Todd Rundgren has maintained a legion of fans through four decades, rivaled only by The Grateful Dead. Todd was raised in the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) area, and his first professional bands, Money and Woddy’s Truckstop, achieved much regional success. It was in the late 1960s, however, that Todd’s searing guitar work reached a nationwide audience, in his role as lead guitarist for the blues-psychedelic band Nazz. he wrote and arranged almost all of the work that went into the three albums the group produced. Their music ranged from Southern blues to hard rock to heavily orchestrated symphonies.
 
Nazz broke up in the early 1970s and Todd released two solo albums under the name of Runt. His first big solo success was in 1971 with “We Gotta Get You a Woman” and in 1973 from the double album “Something/Anything?” he scored big on the charts with “I Saw the Light” and a revision of a Nazz song, “Hello, It’s Me.” Perhaps the superstardom that seemed imminent at this time eluded Rundgren due to his reluctance to be pigeonholed into any single type of music. He still released albums with great love ballads, but they were also laced with heavy guitar rock, and occasionally mini rock operas. Rundgren has scored huge as a music producer, most notably on Meat Loaf‘s “Bat Out of Hell” opus. In the late 1970s and through the 1980s Todd formed the group Utopia, each member an accomplished musician and vocalist.
 
In recent years Rundgren has become a computer enthusiast, marketing many new innovations, some in conjunction with his music. He has also been called on by films and TV for his musical scores.

Credits

Soundtrack (27 titles)

Paul  (2011 Film, performer: 1 song)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno  (2011 TV series, writer: 1 song)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon  (2011 TV series, writer/performer: 2 songs)
Being Erica  (2010TV series, writer/performer: 1 song)
Madden NFL 11  (2010 Video Game, performer: “Bang the Drum All Day”)
Daft Punk’s Electroma  (2006 video, writer/performer: 1 song)
The Ringer  (2005 Film, writer/performer: 1 song)
The Office  (2005 TV series, writer: 1 song)
Six Feet Under  (2003 TV series, writer: 1 song)
Camp  (2003 Film, writer: 1 song)
ER  (2002 TV series, performer: 1 song)
Ally McBeal  (2002 TV series, writer: 1 song)
Vanilla Sky  (2001 Film, writer/performer: 1 song)
Duets  (2000 Film, writer: 1 song)
Almost Famous  (2000 Film, writer/performer: 1 song)
The Virgin Suicides  (1999 Film, writer/performer: 1 song)
The Mod Squad  (1999 Film, writer: 1 song)
That ’70s Show  (1998 TV series, performer: 2 songs)
Kingpin  (1996 writer: 1 song)
Aliens in the Family  (TV series)
Dumb & Dumber  (1994 Film, writer: 1 song)
Leap of Faith  (1992 Film, producer: 1 song)
My Girl  (1991 Film, writer/performer” 1 song)
Miami Vice  (1984-1985 TV series, writer/performer: 2 songs)
Saturday Night Live  (1981 TV series, performer: 2 songs)
Roadie  (1980 Film, producer: 2 songs)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School  (1979 Film, 1 Song)

Music Department (3 titles)

Dumb & Dumber  (1994 score mixer)
Aliens in the Family  (1987 TV series, composer: theme music) 1986
Crime Story  (1986 TV series, music performer – 3 episodes)

Composer (7 titles)

Todd Rundgren: Liars Live  (2005 video)
Dumb & Dumber  (1994 Film)
Todd Rundgren: The Desktop Collection  (1993 video short)
Red Dwarf  (1992 TV movie)
Under Cover  (1987 Film)
Crime Story  (1986 TV series)
Crime Story  (1986 TV movie, also performed by)

Sound Department (1 title)

Todd Rundgren: Arena Live  (2008 TV special, audio producer)

Self (41 titles)

Late Show with David Letterman  (1998-2011 TV series, 7 Episodes)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon  (2011 TV series, 1 Episode)
Todd Rundgren: Arena Live  (2008 TV special)
E! True Hollywood Story  (2007 TV series documentary)
The Most  (2006 TV series, 1 Episode)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson  (2006 TV series, 2 Episodes)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno  (2006 TV series, 1 Episode)
Todd Rundgren: Liars Live  (2005 video)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien  (1997-2005 TV series, 2 Episodes)
Utopia Live in Boston 1982  (2004 video)
Utopia Live in Columbus, Ohio 1980  (2003 video)
Mountain Stage  (2003 TV series, 2 Episodes)
Todd Rundgren: Live in Japan  (2002 video)
Todd Rundgren: Live in San Francisco  (2002 video)
Ultimate Albums  (2002 TV series, 1 Episode)
Biography  (2001 TV series documentary)
Classic Albums: Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell  (1999 video documentary)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart  (1998 TV series)
Behind the Music  (1998 TV series documentary)
Politically Incorrect  (1996 TV series, 1 Episode)
Computer Chronicles  (1995 TV series, 1 Episode)
The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Vol. 6  (1995 TV documentary)
The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Vol. 8  (1995 TV documentary)
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey  (1994 documentary)
Todd Rundgren: The Desktop Collection  (1993 video short)
Utopia Redux ’92: Live in Japan  (1993 video)
Utopia: Live at the Royal Oak  (1993 video)
Todd Rundgren: 2nd Wind Live Recording Sessions  (1991 video short)
Late Night with David Letterman  (1986-1991 TV series, 5 Episodes)
Sunday Night  (1989 TV series, 1 Episode)
Utopia: A Retrospective 1977-1984  (1985 video documentary)
Musicourt  (1983 video)
An Evening with Utopia  (1983 video)
Todd Rundgren: The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect  (1983 video documentary)
The Old Grey Whistle Test  (1982 TV series, 1 Episode)
Saturday Night Live  (1981 TV series, 1 Episode)
The John Davidson Show  (1980 TV series, 1 Episode)
The Midnight Special  (1973-1979 TV series, Host, 6 Episodes)
The Mike Douglas Show  (1978 TV series, 1 Episode)
Rock Concert  (1973 TV series, 1 Episode)
It’s Happening  (1969 TV series, 1 Episode)

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