Todd Rundgren

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Todd Rundgren

Born

6/22/1948, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA

Birth Name

Todd Harry Rundgren

Gender

Male
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Todd Harry Rundgren, born June 22nd, 1948 in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania known as Upper Darby has a career that has spanned forty years. First known as a member of the group The Nazz in the 1960's, Todd went on to form the group Runt which had…more

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  • Trivia

    • Todd and his wife Michele have two dogs names Fractal and Furburger.

    • Todd's wife Michele was once a member of the rock group The Tubes. She now hosts a PBS radio show called "Chick Rock/Chick Talk".

    • "Time Heals" released by Todd in 1980 becomes the first video to combine computer graphics and live action. This video would later be played as the second video on the fledgling MTV network in 1981.

    • Todd's last top 40 hit was Can We Still Be Friends, a song featured on Nip/Tuck and in the Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky.

    • Todd became a grandfather on 12/14/04 when adopted daughter Liv Tyler gave birth to baby boy, Milo William Langdon.

    • Todd's song Bang The Drum All Day was used by the Green Bay Packers and other sports teams including the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, who still play the song after each touchdown is scored.

    • That 70's Show pilot showed Donna, Eric, Stephen, Fez, Kelso and Jackie attending a Todd Rundgren concert in which during the credits they sang along to Hello, It's Me which was subsequently repeated in the credits of the last show of the series.

    • Todd's son, Rex, is a shortstop for the Florida Marlins.

    • Todd composed theme music for Red Dwarf, the American pilot for the cult UK TV show, but it never aired.

    • Mark David Chapman, who murdered John Lennon in 1980, left an eight-track tape of Todd's album The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, in his New York hotel room. Chapman was obsessed with Rundgren.

  • Quotes

    • Todd Rundgren: Most of my influences were English guitarists, most notably Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

    • Todd Rundgren: I'm probably the whitest singer in the world, I have no "soul" in the usual sense--but I can do this great feminine falsetto.

    • Todd Rundgren: I used to think the way to play a guitar was to saw it with a coat hanger as if it were a violin.

    • Todd Rundgren: There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives.

    • Todd Rundgren: The future for real musicians is, was, and always will be performing.

    • Todd Rundgren: I'm still basically a musician who's trying to figure out a way to deal with the post internet music world, and the first thing I tried was to go back to a way of looking at music production that probably existed previous to the Beatles which was that your albums were literally that - albums.

    • Todd Rundgren: It will happen on occasion that, yes, I have a song fully realised but I do my best work when I build up a sort of musical potential by avoiding recording and avoiding writing down lyrics - almost trying to stuff my head with as much as it will hold - and then have it come out in a less self conscious manner.

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