|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||psychedelic 60s garage rock rock psychedelic rock classic rock power pop|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Wikipedia|
Formed in Philadelphia, USA in 1967, the psych pop Nazz comprised Todd Rundgren (22 June 1948, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar/vocals), Carson Van Osten (b. 24 September 1946, USA; bass/vocals), both ex-members of bar-band Woodys Truck Stop, Robert Stewkey Antoni (b. 17 November 1947, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; vocals/keyboards), and Thom Mooney (drums). Although the quartet made its live debut supporting the Doors, manager John Kurland deliberately cultivated an air of exclusivity which ultimately hampered progress. A lucrative recording contract with publishers Screen Gems resulted in 1968s Nazz, a synthesis of British and US pop invoking the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Buffalo Springfield and the Small Faces. However, despite the excellence of tracks such as Open My Eyes and the minor hit Hello Its Me, the units anglophilia and mod affectations proved unfashionable in the face of acid-rock...