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Toad The Wet Sprocket

Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, Toad the Wet Sprocket became one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early '90s, boasting a contemporary folk-pop sound that wielded enough melody and R.E.M.-styled jangle to straddle both the modern rock and adult contemporary markets. Singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning (the nephew of '50s hitmaker Mark "Teen Angel" Dinning), and drummer Randy Guss formed the group in 1986 in their native Santa Barbara, California. After honing their sound in local bars, the bandmates entered a nearby studio in 1988 and recorded their debut LP, Bread and Circus, in eight days at a cost of $650. Originally sold as a homemade cassette in Santa Barbara record stores, the album eventually made its way to the Los Angeles offices of Columbia Records, which signed Toad only after agreeing to the band's request to reissue Bread and Circus in its original form, without any alterations or remixes.

The somber Pale, produced by Marvin Etzioni, followed in 1990. After years of persistent touring, Toad the Wet Sprocket's commercial breakthrough followed with 1991's Fear, as the single "All I Want" -- quite nearly left off the album -- became a Top 20 hit. Another single from the LP, "Walk on the Ocean," fared similarly well, and the combination pushed Fear to platinum sales. Three years later, Toad returned with Dulcinea, which generated a third Top 40 hit with the single "Fall Down." While "Fall Down" seemingly catered to the grunge generation with its minor-key riffs and anxious vocals, the bulk of Dulcinea emphasized Toad the Wet Sprocket's acoustic craft, and the band scored another hit with the mellow "Something's Always Wrong."

In Light Syrup, a collection of unreleased material, appeared in 1995. Although it contained the hit song "Good Intentions," the album didn't sell nearly as well as its predecessors, possibly due to the inclusion of "Good Intentions" on the popular Friends soundtrack. Coil, Toad the Wet Sprocket's fifth proper LP, followed in 1997 and suffered a similar fate, yielding one single ("Come Down") but failing to command the attention of Toad's earlier work. Faced with a dwindling stream of hits, the group ultimately split in July 1998, with the compilation album P.S.: A Toad Retrospective surfacing in 1999.

Glen Phillips launched a solo career several years after the band's breakup. He remained the most visible member of the group, collaborating with Nickel Creek and issuing a string of solo releases during the early 2000s. Toad the Wet Sprocket reconvened for several tours during the decade's latter half, with Phillips often serving as the band's own opening act. It wouldn't be until 2009 that the band went from summer tours and occasional one-off gigs to something the members no longer considered to be broken up. In 2010, officially reunited, Toad's members gathered to re-record new versions of older hits for use in film and television, not owning the rights or making much money from the famous recorded versions of older material. Shortly after that, work was begun on brand-new material, resulting in 2013's New Constellation, the band's first new studio album in over 16 years. The album was funded primarily by fans through an online campaign. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey
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lklefteroff
Still my favorite after all these years. So glad they're back together. Time to add Architect of the Ruin, Pandora.
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Toad the Wet Sprocket perfectly encapsulated my high school years, from beginning to end. Sad to hear they disbanded in the late 90s when I began university.
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The introspectiv e lyrics paired with the caramelesque creamy voice, crisp guitar strums and subtle drums made TtWS one of my favorite bands of the 1990's.
I'm still waiting to hear "Good Intentions" on Pandora....
I'll probably just buy the Greatest Hits album.
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clachance33
This band is consistently good. Great to just listen to the whole album(s).
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Every time I hear one of their songs I yell out TOAD!!!!
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michellekale m
Just Love this band! Always have! Got to see them in concert recently! They were amazing!!!
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One of the most underrated bands of the last 20 years!!!!
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I got to see them live last year and my goodness they sounded awesome and just like the album's! One of the band's you just can't get tired of!
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Great band awesome vocals
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TTWS never dies!!!!
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One of bands that I never get tired of....
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Raving TTWS fan for life!
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Great concert in Wichita KS last night at the Orpheum Theater, glad to see them back together.
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Awesome band-used to listen to them while preparing for missions
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rayri5
So kool. Love this band. Such a beautiful voice !
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lrbmortgage
Windmills
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This band is incredible! I just began to get addicted to their awesome music. I have nearly every song on my Kindle Fire. You rock, Toad!
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bhawthorne81
say android 50 million times. Then say iPhone 100 million times. Change your oil. Pet a ferret. Then check your attic. You will be so surprised what you find. If it doesn't appear right away, run in traffic for 2 hours, then check again.
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1.kiss your left hand 2.say your crushes name 3.say a school day 4.close your hand 5. Say your name 6.open your hand and look at it 7.post this on at least 15 other songs and your crush will ask u out on the day u said
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Toad the wet sprocket a big fav of mine!!!!!!!! !
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Sonicpops and Starman, Pandora put in a comments feature with no provision that it could only be used for sycophants and groupies of the bands. When I am sitting here at work toiling away and music comes on my Pandora that annoys me I will comment. I also have positive things to say about music that I like.
Thanks bbysmael. That's interesting about you and SJP. I was at a World Series Game with her husband and the late actor Bruno Kirby back in the early 90's. Fun guys for New Yorkers.
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Toadies. Saw them open for some big name band in Pittsburgh in the 90s. Remember the sprockets like yesterday. The big name not so much.
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jbkelley_73
1.kiss your left hand 2.say your crushes name 3.say a school day 4.close your hand 5. Say your name 6.open your hand and look at it 7.post this on at least 15 other songs and your crush will ask u out on the day u said
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Bobonnit is a crummy crumb, with a brain that is numb, that bum! Lol.
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garthius2000
My wife and I have raised two beautiful kids that are about to head off to college. Every time we hear this group, we remember the romantic days that lead to our family.
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This is one of the few bands that produces albums to which I can listen and LOVE every song. Super stoked about their new one!
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sonicpops
bobonnit, you are a loser, stay off the Comments
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I hate this band and have hated them since the first time I heard their crummy music. Thumbs down
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damewynn
they have a new album to be released next month! update the bio!
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I fell down many nights drinking to this song..
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it goes by artist not song steve
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steve.holder . w r i t e r
Hmm. Last comments were 3, 4, and 7 months ago. This song must not be getting a lot of play. LOL
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tyler_mcdann i e l
Just saw them at Slim's in San Francisco on Friday night. They covered a Dulcinea night of the whole CD plus other great hits like Nightengale Song, Walk on the Ocean, Come Down, Crazy Life and All I Want! They still bring it! They are starting a new CD tomorrow back in Santa Barbara!! Can't wait!
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Come Down is one of those songs that I can listen to over and over
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Just saw them last week...aweso m e show!
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Been a fan since the video for Something's Always Wrong came out on MTV...it's a shame that most artists don't put as much thought and feeling into their music anymore.
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bobsmith224
where are they playing?
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Seeing them tomorrow. =)
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Funny to remember a great band in the town I grew up in. I briefly lived with Glen and his sex crazed girl friend Sarah when I was 17. I almost forgot that memory. I'm glad I didn't, it was a good one.
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wargame99
Music doesn't get better than Toad!
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Love 'em!
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Such a lovely song.
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is that a Bruce Springsteen head super-impose d on that guys right shoulder?
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I saw Toad years ago during the Hoard Festival tour. It was honestly one of the best live performances I have ever seen. They were incredible.
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apryl_wime
Happy Birthday, Glen!
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nixfix
I never heard a song of theirs before. Wow! I'm impressed!
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ALL TIME favorite band! Period!
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hhrothman
love this group! my son turned me on to them,we went to a concert of their's while he was visiting from college.nice bonding day for us(Hi IAN!)
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Toad Rules! Just some them in the Seattle area on 7/9/2011. Said they will back next year promoting a new album. They were even kind enough to hang out after the show to talk and take pictures with us fans.
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queenakousia
Interesting that a song mentions someone with a tragic story. Sad that most people don't know what that story is. Or who they're talking about.
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