Tag Archives: Todd Rundgren

I know you’ll get to like it if you give it a chance now (The Loco-Motion — Grand Funk, 1974)

On March 9, 1974, “The Loco-Motion” by Grand Funk entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #82. The only song to debut higher that week was Ringo Starr’s “Oh My My” (the third and final single from his Ringo LP) at … Continue reading

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Laura, I saw you open in LA … (Todd Rundgren & Runt, 1971)

Forgive me for going off on another Laura Nyro digression. This post is about singer-songwriter-musician-producer-computer-software-developer Todd Rundgren, who once said his way of songwriting changed when he was introduced to Laura Nyro’s music. In 1968, while playing in the Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Utopia’s Another Live: “hideous” on the outside, but beautiful on the inside

In 1974, Todd Rundgren took a side trip from his solo career to work on a concept for a band that combined orchestrated progressive-rock intricacies with the individual musicianship found in jazz improvisation. The result was his group Utopia. On … Continue reading

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Baby, you’ve been dreaming (Hall & Oates & War Babies)

On Nov. 12, 1974, Daryl Hall and John Oates released their third album, War Babies. The LP was a hard-edged recording from the duo and, consequently, received negative reviews as a follow-up to their appealing and soulful Abandoned Luncheonette album. … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Furs hit US singles chart as a quartet

The third album from The Psychedelic Furs, Forever Now, was released on Sept. 25, 1982. Todd Rundgren produced the sessions with the British band in Woodstock, NY. Rundgren also played keyboards and saxophone on several tracks. He brought in Donn … Continue reading

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