By Chris Willman. Todd Rundgren has spoken up about his feelings on not having made the transition this year from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee to actual inductee. Among the topics broached: How he attended an evangelical church as a child just because there was a Theremin player on the pastoral staff. Actually I was envious of Linda who now got to hang with the Beatles.
Something/Anything? / A Wizard, a True Star
He began a course through uncharted musical territory, becoming a pioneer not only in electronic music and prog rock, but in music video, computer software, and Internet music delivery as well. As his career wound into its third decade, Rundgren concentrated on behind-the-scenes innovations, but during the '70s and '80s he maintained a relentless work schedule. Given such an extensive catalog, it's not surprising that there's a vast variety of styles within Rundgren 's music -- which is either rewarding or frustrating, depending on the album. Also, more often than not, the singles from each record do not offer an accurate indication of what the remainder of the album sounds like. Such an approach severely curtailed his mass appeal, but it helped him cultivate a ferociously dedicated cult audience. During the '70s, his records were underground favorites, and his albums continued to chart until , nearly 20 years after his commercial peak. A native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania -- a suburb of Philadelphia -- Rundgren learned how to play guitar as a child, teaching himself after his initial round of lessons ceased. As a teenager, he absorbed pop music from Motown to Liverpool and formed Money , his first band, when he was Following his high-school graduation, he moved to the resort town of Wildwood, New Jersey, where he regularly sat in with a number of bands.
Todd Harry Rundgren born June 22, is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. He is known for his sophisticated and often unorthodox music, his occasionally lavish stage shows, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He also produced music videos and was an early adopter and promoter of various computer technologies, such as using the Internet as a means of music distribution in the late s.
Photo: Danny O'Conner. As a musician, engineer, producer and multimedia artist, Todd Rundgren has been a pioneering figure in rock music since the late s. His first album of new material for 10 years was, like many of its predecessors, almost entirely played, produced and recorded by Rundgren alone. The young man had written and produced all the songs, and on three of the four vinyl sides, had played all the instruments and sung all the vocals.