Friday, January 15, 2021

Quote of the Day (Todd Rundgren, on His Early Band, The Nazz)

“Well, the Nazz was a very peculiar and somewhat dysfunctional experiment. We were all very young and not especially politic with each other. There would be a lot of conflicts – some it had to do with the fact that I was a complete teetotaller at the time, and if one of the guys happened to get drunk I was kinda like an angry mom! Our manager had a peculiar philosophy about how to promote the band, and part of that philosophy was that we hardly ever played. We did have one gig that was like a real showcase, opening for the Bee Gees at Forest Hills stadium. We had special costumes made and stuff like that. But Robert Stigwood, who was managing the Bee Gees, didn’t like the idea of us trying to steal any of their thunder, so we got put on so early that half of the audience wasn’t even in the venue. The rest of the time we were making records, buying clothes, taking pictures, showing up to events in a limousine… and never playing anywhere! We were on the cover of 16 magazine before we had a record out. In the end we had a minor hit single and that was that.”—American rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter-producer Todd Rundgren, quoted in Sam Richards, “I Don’t Dwell on the Past: An Interview With Todd Rundgren,” Uncut, December 2020

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