I’ve always been more in awe of Todd Rundgren’s producer skills and resume, but his latest project sounds interesting. Also seem to recall he has a fan or two around these parts.
Prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album ‘STATE’ on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red on Tuesday, April 9th.
‘STATE’ is Rundgren’s 24th solo studio album (and that’s not including the 2 albums he recorded with his first band the Nazz, and the 9 albums he recorded with his band Utopia).
Todd’s latest musical vision is a fusion of rock, soul, r’n’b and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious.
State ‘s full tracklisting:
In My Mouth
Something From Nothing
To coincide with the release of ‘STATE’ Todd will set out on a world tour, which will touch down the US in May:
May 05 – Woodstock, N.Y., Bearsville Theater
May 08 – Norfolk, Conn., Infinity Hall
May 10 – New York, N.Y., The Gramercy Theatre
May 11 – Philadelphia, Pa., Trocadero Theatre
May 12 – Huntington, N.Y., The Paramount
May 14 – Kent, Ohio, The Kent Stage
May 15 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Rex Theater
May 16 – Columbus, Ohio, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
May 18 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart’s
May 19 – Chicago, Ill., Park West
May 20 – Minneapolis, Minn., Varsity Theater
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential `60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut Runt. But it was 1972’s seminal Something/Anything? on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the limelight prompting the media to dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind.” It was followed by such landmark LPs as Todd, The Hermit of Mink Hollow and A Wizard A True Star.
In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit into the 80s.
Rundgren’s career as a producer has included seminal albums by The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Hall And Oates and one of the best selling albums of all time, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell. Sealing his reputation as rock’s Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp’s 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture), as well as the score for Dumb and Dumber and a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.
Todd’s annual musical summer camp, this year celebrating his 65th birthday and dubbed Toddstock v6.5, takes place near New Orleans on June 17-22.
Todd’s Official Site: http://tr-i.com/
Todd’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/todd.rundgren.94?fref=ts
Todd’s Fan Site: www.trconnection.com/