Todd Rundgren & The Roots Team Up for the Funky New Track “Godiva Girl” — Listen


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“Godiva Girl” is the name of a new collaborative song between Todd Rundgren and The Roots. Shared this week, the pairing blends the best qualities of both acts into an irresistibly funky little jam, highlighted by the Roots’ driving rhythm and Rundgren’s lead vocals:

This collaboration is the result of a friendly partnership between Rundgren and the house band of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — a bond that began back in 2011:

In early 2011, as Todd Rundgren was promoting an upcoming tour, he stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for live performances of two songs from his classic 1972 album Something/Anything, “I Saw The Light” and “Couldn’t I Just Tell You.” Backing Rundgren for both songs was Fallon’s long running house band, hip hop auteurs The Roots. The appearance marked the beginning of a furtive cross-cultural, cross-generational collaborative relationship born of mutual respect and admiration that would be repeated again in 2017 when Rundgren sat in with The Roots on a taping of the Fallon show. 

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“Godiva Girl” will be included on Space Force, Rundgren’s new studio album due in 2022 that also features collaborations with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, hip-hop artist Narcy, Sparks and more.

While on the topic of Todd Rundgren, click here to read Rock Cellar’s new feature interview with the rocker, who is set to (finally) be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month … not that he’s particularly excited about it, though:

Todd Rundgren: The positive is that I’ll never be nominated again, so I won’t have to go through that again. [laughs] Endless nominations are the worst because you’re supposed to encourage your fans to go out and participate in something that you know is just fake. They say to go out and vote in the fan poll. But the fan poll doesn’t mean anything. Like the whole nomination process, which from what I understand, can be sunk by a single person.

So the mystery behind it doesn’t help. But the best thing about it is that you guys got it, that you guys have gotten your vindication, because I know that I’m something of a fringe artist and justifying that to your friends who are into whatever is hot nowadays is challenging. But I always acknowledge the fact that I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t still be making records unless I had a loyal fan base that appreciates the effort I put into it. And the fact that that my fans have finally been acknowledged is the most important thing to me and I go to great pains because I can’t be a hypocrite and say, “oh, no, I changed my mind, now I suddenly love the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” [laughs] 


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