TODD RUNDGREN The Todd Rundgren Radio Show (1972)

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Todd’s Hour-Long Promotional Concoction

The Todd Rundgren Radio Show is a fun, hour-long promotional LP distributed by Bearsville in 1972 to promote Todd’s Something/Anything? LP. Not really a “radio” show (though it was sent to radio), it’s more like Todd’s studio work around this time period – a potpourri of music, sounds, voices and effects that has Todd telling his own history, using what sounds like his old tapes, along with more recent recordings. Including stuff I’d never heard before, like an alternate studio take of “Christopher Columbus.” There’s a lot of weirdness here and it offers a rare glimpse of Todd at work during one of his creative peaks. Almost like a demo for A Wizard, A True Star, or an experimental musical biography. I looked all over for a track listing, but nobody seems to have bothered, probably because the LP includes numerous outside Rundgren productions inter-cut with snippets from advertisements to The Marx Brothers. We’ve got lots more Todd in the archives, HERE. Listen to The Todd Rundgren Radio Show below, or get an original LP at Amazon (HERE) for hundreds. The show was finally re-issued on CD as part of Todd’s Complete Bearsville Box (also going for hundreds, HERE), but the quality is not quite dynamic, or loud, as this vinyl rip.

The Todd Rundgren Radio Show (1:00:06)


  • Willard
    June 23, 2011 - 11:43 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • June 23, 2011 - 13:30 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, looking forward to giving this a spin.

  • June 23, 2011 - 14:27 | Permalink

    At 50:40 or so “Wonder Girl” by Halfnelson / Sparks kicks in. This is from the Rungren produced first Halfnelson album. Halfnelson was encouraged by their rewcord company to rename themselves and re-release the album with a new cover. They took the name “Sparks” and renamed their self-titled album to make it a new and more appealing to the masses self-titled album. “Wonder Girl” was a radio hit in Montgomery, Alabama during the summer of 1971. You had to be there! Now, back to Todd…

    • Willard
      June 23, 2011 - 15:26 | Permalink

      Would never have known that. Thanks. And kudos for finding maybe the only cool 70s DJ in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • boboquisp
    June 23, 2011 - 18:03 | Permalink

    Never heard this one…thanks!

  • June 23, 2011 - 18:07 | Permalink

    This looks like fun! Thanx W!

  • 3410
    June 23, 2011 - 19:57 | Permalink

    Cool stuff, man.

  • Art Ducko
    June 24, 2011 - 02:01 | Permalink

    Thanks for the spin in the wayback machine. I listened to this one night in 1972 on the original FM 100 out of Memphis, then a truly unique station at the time. I remember laughing my ass off while hearing this.

  • Horst
    June 24, 2011 - 10:58 | Permalink

    This is brilliant, and a great history lesson. Stylistically, it sounds like the Todd version of Zappa’s Freak Out. I had never bothered to listen to The Nazz, so this was my maiden voyage.

  • Ola Simonsson
    June 24, 2011 - 17:52 | Permalink

    Goodness gracious stora ballar av eld, What a historic moment, belongs to…a fuc…ing museum of modern art. :-)

  • June 24, 2011 - 19:55 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, this looks pretty cool

  • June 24, 2011 - 23:33 | Permalink


  • Dick G
    June 25, 2011 - 08:05 | Permalink

    A sudden scuffle breaks out….

  • schlep
    June 25, 2011 - 08:51 | Permalink

    Inspired post! A friend made me a copy of this in ’76 – on 8 track – amazing to hear it again.

  • Gary Shaw
    June 26, 2011 - 09:36 | Permalink

    Todd should do one of these every 4 years or so throughout his career. I had never heard this prior to 6/25 11,,a day when i was going to a Todd concert. It was quite the pep rally.I love the alternate takes . What a tremendously creative and interactive artist.

  • Horst
    June 26, 2011 - 11:43 | Permalink

    Gary’s right that Todd should have radio shows covering every part of his career. He could have dedicated an entire 60-minute segment to producing XTC’s “Skylarking.” I’ve only heard Andy Partridge’s side of the story.

    • Willard
      June 26, 2011 - 19:27 | Permalink

      I’ve never heard that story, Horst.

  • June 27, 2011 - 04:47 | Permalink

    thanx so much for making this accessible to those who never had the pleasure of hearing this hysterical* and historical documentation of the brilliance of Todd Rundgren! Made my day!

  • Horst
    June 27, 2011 - 05:01 | Permalink

    Willard, you’ve never heard the Andy Partridge story or are you referring to Todd’s side of it?

    For those who aren’t familiar with this part of Todd’s resume, going up to Bearsville and working with him was described by Andy as being in “a musical gas chamber.” Everyone knows that Todd’s unmistakable paw prints are frequently all over the albums that he produces for other artists (often to their benefit!), but the XTC crew didn’t appreciate how he “meddled” with pretty much everything during the recording process and went on about his enormous ego, etc.

    Of course, Skylarking turned out to be arguably XTC’s finest moment, in great part due to Todd’s knob twirling, arrangement prowess, and overall production steeze.

    • Willard
      June 27, 2011 - 09:02 | Permalink

      Gotcha, thanks. I’d just never read much about the pairing.

    • October 16, 2011 - 00:29 | Permalink

      Todd tends to parry any questions about it, preferring instead not to spin the old story. But David Gregory said on Rundgren Radio – a week after Andy was on – that the band rather enjoyed seeing Andy getting a taste of his own medicine. More or less.

  • Edward TMSG
    June 28, 2011 - 14:18 | Permalink

    This album is like the holy grail to me. I was a DJ at WQSV Quinnipiac College in Conn. in 1972 when this album arrived at the station. I was already a big Todd fan through appreciation of the Nazz, his early solo albums and some of his early productions such as American Dream. This thing just blew my mind. I liberated it from the station but I lost it somehow and I’ve been looking for a copy of this since at least 1973!!! I’ve seen it on ebay as stated above, but sorry, I ain’t shelling 175 smackers! Listening to TRRS brought back the greatest memories. It is so effen funny! This fills a huge hole in my collection.

    • Willard
      June 28, 2011 - 16:02 | Permalink

      Cool. Glad all is right with the world (if only for a moment).

    • Dick G
      June 28, 2011 - 17:17 | Permalink

      Keep on grinding that shirt, Edward.

      • Willard
        June 28, 2011 - 18:04 | Permalink

        What does that mean?

  • Dick G
    June 29, 2011 - 09:26 | Permalink

    comment 21 was from Edward TMSG, When N icky Hopkins was in Quicksilver, he had an instrumental song called Edward The Mad Shirt Grinder.. So I was just letting Ed know that I understood his name.. Nudge Nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?

  • Edward TMSG
    July 4, 2011 - 16:40 | Permalink

    You got it! Dick G, comment 25 is on the ball. This proves there is intellegent life out there…and that this web site is tre cool. I gotta go pull out that copy of Jammin’ with Edward.

  • Leon
    January 26, 2012 - 21:47 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this Willard! I am hoping things improve in the boot-sharing world soon…. these are strange days. Thanks for everything you do. You have a fantastic blog.

    • Willard
      January 26, 2012 - 22:50 | Permalink

      Thanks Leon. You get any leads about the future, let us know.

  • Don (ASH)
    January 27, 2012 - 14:07 | Permalink

    Andy’s mellowed a lot towards the Skylarking sessions though lately, he can at least see what Todd brought to them.

    There is a thought that Andy won’t let himself be produced anyway and if the tension brought something as wonderful as Skylarking fair enough.

    To be fair to AP, the other two didn’t particularly take to Todd’s control freak attitude.

  • rocky
    July 21, 2012 - 20:18 | Permalink

    I first heard this on a tremendous stereo system when I was blasted out of my gourd many moons ago. It’s unbelievable especially if you’re a Todd fan-atic like me.

  • Anonymous
    December 31, 2015 - 17:19 | Permalink

    Thanks for reposting this Willard. Looking forward to it.

  • TheWalkingDeadMan
    December 31, 2015 - 18:30 | Permalink

    Happy New Year Cap’n! Inspired post.

  • Skip
    January 1, 2016 - 04:59 | Permalink

    Thanks so much Willard! Saw Todd a couple of times in Glasgow back in those wonderful 1970’s, he was so obscure in the UK at the time of the first show I saw that he was billed as Tod Rungren on the ticket… Something/Anything, Wizard & Todd are most definitely three of my Desert Island Discs! Happy New Year & thanks again!

  • Silky
    January 1, 2016 - 14:48 | Permalink

    Thank you Mr. Willard

  • Bongo Fury
    January 2, 2016 - 06:49 | Permalink

    this is silly… and fun! never really had Nazz on my radar… wonder if there’s any links one could point me to… readers ans son of readers links are dead…

  • Supersonic75
    January 17, 2016 - 07:03 | Permalink

    Wow! I’m a huge Todd/AWATS fan and this looks like so much fun. Thanks so much, Willard!

  • March 12, 2016 - 16:23 | Permalink

    Great Promo Todd!!

  • April 1, 2016 - 23:32 | Permalink

    i loved his pop stuff-the songs that ONCE came so easy to him……..sigh

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