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Toad the Wet Sprocket

Discussion in '80's Music' started by Magic, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Magic

    Magic Woman of the World

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    Toad the Wet Sprocket formed in 1986 and released their first album in 1989 called "Bread & Circus". They are an alternative rock band and have crossed over into the more Pop radio friendly songs with "Walk on the Ocean" and "All I Want". I wouldn't hold that against them, though, because they are an excellent band and having a couple popular songs doesn't make them even close to the "Jonas Brothers" :rolleyes:

    The Toadies didn't come into full bloom, IMHO, until their 3rd album, "Fear"

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    And it just so happens this album contains "Walk on the Ocean" and "All I Want", plus a couple more good songs (oh heck, the whole album is good):

    Is It For Me

    Nightingale Song

    Then they released "Dulcinea" in 1994 and this album is full of precious gems.

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    Fly From Heaven

    Fall Down

    Windmills (you may know this song from the show Scrubs)

    The Toadies have some fantastic ballads but haven't released any new studio albums since 1997. They are still together, though, touring.

    Does anyone else know this band? Comments!!
     
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    I have both of those albums you recommended Magic, but I still haven't played them yet...lol. I will get to them before 2010 hopefully.
     
  3. Craig in Indy

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    Toad has been one of my all time favorites for many years, despite the fact that some critics referred to them as REM-lite.

    Don't forget Coil either - their last album of all-new material, it rocks like none of the others do. In fact, that album is where my current sig line comes from.
     
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    I'll put Coil on my shopping list Craig,,,I still haven't made it to TTWS yet...one of these days.
     
  5. Craig in Indy

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    When you do get Coil (and get a chance to listen to it, too ;)), remember I recommended these songs especially:

    Come Down
    Rings
    Dam Would Break
    Don't Fade
    Throw It All Away
    Amnesia
    Crazy Life

    The others are great, too, but those are my favorites. In all, the album has about the same feeling as Dulcinea (which is also a great album), but with just a little harder edge, IMO anyway.

    Curiously enough, it was through TTWS that I found my current favorite band (for about 5 or 6 years running now). I was on a Toad listserve and people there were looking for a replacement band when Toad announced they were breaking up. Someone suggested Guster, and the rest, as they say, is history.
     
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    Also, "Fall Down" was featured on My So-Called Life, in an episode that focused on the main character's self-destructive best friend, so it was pretty appropriate - "she hates her life, she hates her skin, she even hates her friends."
     
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    I would be remiss if I posted in a Toad thread without mentioning Lapdog, the band that was left in their wake after disbanding. Originally with Todd Nichols and Dean Dinning of Toad, plus Rob Taylor and Erik Herzog, they self-released a fine album called Near Tonight. That was followed by a little shuffling of personnel, with Dinning, Taylor and Herzog going, and Eric Holden, Johnny Hawthorn and Randy Guss (Toad's drummer) joining. That lineup self-released one more album, Mayfly.

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    Mayfly:
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    Near Tonight is a great album, IMO. If you can imagine a Toad album without Glen Phillips songs, you've got a good idea of the sound. Not that I have anything against Phillips - I think he and Nichols (the two primary Toad songwriters) balanced one another very well. The Mayfly album I haven't warmed up to quite as much.

    Unfortunately, the band is no more (maybe because of all the Toad reunion touring, who knows?), and both albums are now out of print. Even their website (lapdogmusic.com) has been taken over by other people having nothing to do with the band. I think that's the case anyway - it's all in some Asian characters I can't read.
     
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    Having a hard time with Coil Craig, the only HQ copy the seed is driving a horse and buggy, I doubt that I'll be able to finish acquiring it before I retire...lol.
     
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    This song by them is beautiful!

    I Will Not Take These Things for Granted
     
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    Time to dust this thread off.

    The debut album, Bread and Circus from 1989. This album was made when the band members were in High School and the total cost to record the album was $650. This album is one that you want to listen to after you have heard the more refined releases like "Fear", to appreciate how great this band was in the beginning. TTWS was launching its career right smack in the middle of the explosion of Alice in Chains and Nirvana, and they managed to touch a large audience even with such stiff competition.

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