Todd Rundgren Recalls Missed Opportunities to Produce the Who and Talking Heads
Todd Rundgren could easily rest on his legacy as a recording artist, but as rock fans are aware, he's also built up a mighty impressive list of production credits — albeit one that, as he recently told the A.V. Club, is still a few missed opportunities shy of including work with a handful of truly intriguing artists.
"I’ve had production offers with artists I really admire, and oftentimes that doesn’t work out," Rundgren pointed out. "For instance, I was asked if I wanted to do a Talking Heads album back in the late ’70s, early ’80s, and I was already working on a different project and didn’t have time, so I never got the opportunity to work with them. And I was up, at one point, to produce an album for the Who, but that didn’t happen either. At one point I heard from Pete Thomas that I might have been producing an Elvis Costello and the Attractions record and that would have been a lot of fun as well, but again, that didn’t come about for whatever reason. So, you know, it’s the things that don’t happen sometimes that you wish you had had the time for or wish had worked out."
Rundgren, now on the promotional trail for his new solo LP Global, has two records out this year — and he's already got an eye on another eyebrow-raising collaboration that will hopefully make it to the finish line.
"I’ve been working on and off with the Roots on kind of an R&B type project, but we don’t have a deadline for that," teased Rundgren. "I have no idea when that will be finished."
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