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Todd Rundgren


His most devout followers will tell you that Todd is God. It is also said that God don't make junk. It's a slippery slope.

Todd's first blip on the radar was the minor success of the psychedelic garage project The Nazz and the song Open My Eyes which would later surface amid Lenny Kaye's Nuggets compilation series. Disappointed with much of The Nazz's studio output, he decided it was paramount to his future happiness to unlock the great mysteries surrounding the recording process. For the next few years he did just that working out of manager Albert Grossman's Woodstock headquarters twiddling knobs for The Band and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Come the early 1970s, he launched his two-pronged attack on the music business as both a recording artist and a recording wizard. His production resume exploded as he helmed some of the era's most important recordings - Sparks, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, the Tubes, XTC, Psychedelic Furs - as well as some of the era's biggest selling releases such as Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell . As a name artist he became a one-man studio band and started running songs like Hello, It's Me and I Saw The Light up the Top 40 charts.

The beautiful thing about music is that in the end it's all just apples & oranges but we would like to best remember Todd before Utopia and the New Cars.

He soon turned his genius toward technology as a pioneer in the interactive and video worlds.

In his free time he did an outstanding job as Bebe Buell's partner in raising the actress Liv Tyler.


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