Prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album ‘GLOBAL’ on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red on Monday 6th April 2015 in the UK and Tuesday 7th April in the USA (via MVD Entertainment) .
‘GLOBAL’ is Rundgren’s 25th 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 contemporary fusion of styles – rock, soul and electronica – that continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius, and the finely crafted songs on GLOBAL once again push the creative envelope.
The full tracklisting for the album is:
2. Flesh & Blood
6. Earth Mother
7. Global Nation
9. Terra Firma
12. This Island Earth
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.
As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, TODD RUNDGREN has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Among his myriad hits are “Hello It’s Me”, “I Saw the Light”, “Can We Still be Friends”, “We Gotta Get You A Woman”, “Open My Eyes”, and “Bang the Drum”, (the latter a mainstay on ESPN and in television commercials). Rundgren’s prolific producer’s discography includes such classics as Skylarking by XTC, We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Wave by Patti Smith and Meat Loaf’s auspicious debut Bat Out of Hell, (the fifth best selling album of all time with some 42 million sales). 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”. He is also internationally acknowledged as the Godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia.
With the release of his new album GLOBAL, Todd will tour in support of the release beginning in the USA on 10th April and continuing through mid-June, with plans to perform in the UK and Europe in the early autumn.