Todd Rundgren State on Limited Edition 180g 2LP
Prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star Todd Rundgren presents his new studio album State on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red. 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&B and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious. State continues Todd's tradition of boundary-breaking works, and its finely crafted songs once again push the creative envelope.
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 album 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 in 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 Rundgren State Track Listing:
3. In My Mouth
4. Ping Me
5. Angry Bird
3. Something From Nothing
4. Party Liquor
5. Sir Reality