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The Nazz was an American rock band formed in Philadelphia in 1967. They were founded by guitarist and principal songwriter Todd Rundgren and bassist Carson Van Osten. Drummer Thom Mooney and vocalist/keyboardist Robert "Stewkey" Antoni joined before their first concert, opening for the Doors in 1967. They are best known for their debut single "Open My Eyes" backed with "Hello It's Me".
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Past members||Todd Rundgren|
Carson Van Osten
Robert "Stewkey" Antoni
Their name was derived from the Yardbirds' song "The Nazz Are Blue". Although the use of a definite article was intended, the band was credited simply as "Nazz" on their records and promotional materials. Between 1968 and 1970, Nazz released three albums (Nazz, Nazz Nazz, and Nazz III). Following the group's disbandment in 1969, Rundgren pursued a solo career, and in 1972, recorded a new version of "Hello It's Me" that reached number 5 on U.S. charts.
Name and formationEdit
Their name on all records and press materials is simply "Nazz", without the definite article. However, the group is commonly referred to as "the Nazz". Rundgren stated that "We were formed in the late sixties, so most every band was the something. It was always 'the This' or 'the That,' so we were looking for some the thing to be something kind of simple and iconographic, I guess." In their song "Loosen Up", they introduce themselves as "the Nazz, from Philadelphia."
In Phoenix, Arizona, another band called Nazz was formed at about the same time that Nazz was formed in Philadelphia. This group released only one single before moving to Los Angeles and renaming themselves Alice Cooper.
Nazz and "Open My Eyes"Edit
Nazz was marketed by their original manager, Michael Friedman, as a teenybopper band along the lines of the Monkees. The group signed with SGC Records, releasing Nazz in October 1968. 
Nazz Nazz and Nazz IIIEdit
After a brief trip to England in October 1968, cut short by visa problems, Nazz recorded their second album, originally entitled Fungo Bat, in Los Angeles in late 1968 and early 1969. (A fungo bat is a special baseball bat used only for practice; it is not intended to hit pitched balls.) The album was originally intended as a double album but was shortened to a single LP before being released as Nazz Nazz in May 1969. Much of what was cut was experimental, piano-based Rundgren material, heavily influenced by singer/songwriter Laura Nyro - a far cry from the group's original Beatles-Who-Yardbirds-Cream derived sound. Disillusioned, Rundgren departed the group, along with Van Osten, soon after.
Solo careers and legacyEdit
citation needed]  Stewkey and Mooney reconnected and played with Fuse for a brief period using two monikers, Fuse or Nazz, depending on where they were gigging. Mooney would leave again, and Fuse evolved into "Sick Man of Europe", and later (without Stewkey) Cheap Trick. [
In popular cultureEdit
- Nazz is featured on the soundtrack of The Mad Room, a 1969 horror movie directed by Norman Maurer.
|1984||Best of Nazz|
|1998||Thirteenth and Pine
|2002||Open Our Eyes: The Anthology
|2006||Nazz Nazz - Including Nazz III - The Fungo Bat Sessions
|US Billboard Hot 100||CA RPM Charts|
|1968||"Open My Eyes"||112||–||Nazz|
|1969||"Hello It's Me"||66||39|
|"Not Wrong Long"||–||90||Nazz Nazz|
|"Some People"||–||–||Nazz III|
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