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Toadies

Best known as the creators of the 1995 grunge staple "Possum Kingdom," the Toadies formed in 1989 and spent their infancy playing shows in Fort Worth, TX. Musicians cycled in and out of the Toadies' lineup from the very start, and the group soon became the domain of frontman Todd Lewis, a Pixies-influenced musician who wrote and produced the band's early releases. After issuing a series of homemade tapes and bringing drummer Mark Reznicek into the fold, the band released a proper EP, Pleather, in 1993. Pleather attracted attention from Interscope Records, who signed the Toadies soon after the EP's release.

Now financed by a major label, the Toadies entered the recording studio with producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, who had previously worked together on Beck's platinum-selling album Mellow Gold. Released in August 1994, Rubberneck brought the Toadies similar success by going gold the following year and platinum by the end of 1996. Most of that popularity was due to "Possum Kingdom," a stark song with a 7/8 time signature that nevertheless became a Top 40 single. With replacement guitarist Clark Vogeler now on board, the group enjoyed its temporary space in the post-grunge landscape, playing high-profile shows with the likes of Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Butthole Surfers.

The Toadies had trouble producing a worthy follow-up to Rubberneck, however. Returning to the studio in 1997, they recorded a batch of new material and planned to release the resulting album, Feeler, in 1998. Interscope objected to the new songs and permanently shelved the project, prompting the disenchanted group to take a break for the rest of the decade. The Toadies eventually resumed their pace in 2001, salvaging some songs from the Feeler sessions and recording new material as well. Their long-awaited sophomore album finally arrived in the form of Hell Below/Stars Above, which featured production from Rothrock/Schnapf and a brief cameo by Elliott Smith, who played piano on the title track. During the national tour that followed, though, longtime bassist Lisa Umbarger announced her decision to throw in the towel, and the rest of the group followed suit. Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise appeared shortly after the group’s breakup.

Although the Toadies reunited throughout the following years for one-off shows, they didn’t officially re-form until 2008, when Lewis, Reznicek, and Vogeler banded together once again to record No Deliverance. Longtime friend Doni Blair -- whose previous band, Hagfish, had emerged from the same Dallas/Ft. Worth underground scene as the Toadies -- played bass during the resulting tour. The Toadies continued their comeback in 2010 by reviving their scrapped album Feeler. Interscope rejected the album in 1998 and refused to license, the recordings so the group re-recorded songs from the album and released it in the summer of 2010. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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So underrated it makes me sad.
Best night ever in my short life: when I went to see The Toadies live last Saturday xD
nicko252008
PLay rock music is awesome.
Love them
love these guys! my old band would cover this jam... so much fun to sing!
megan1490
Where in Texas is possum kingdom at?
megan1490
Was possum kingdom based on a girl who got murder there by a maniac before the song was release?
Where are they!!?? Great voice on this guy. I can promise you. Don't know about his skin- nor do I want to.
ToadiesLuv
Very underrated band just like 3eb
THE Greatest band most people have never head of !!!!!
amye45
I'm scared.
The will be in DFW 9/12/2014 - 9/13/2014! Check their tour dates!
Some of the best bands come from Texas
wojotutz
Love you guys!- Unbelievable show in Detroit!- Thanks 4 the pick Clark!!
Toadies and Texas where we hail from
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All you lucky b**tards seeing them live! Damn it wish I had a chance to
Just saw them Live in Seattle @ El Corazon last night!!! It was awesome!!!
Rubberneck great CD Xgen
Luv the toadies
I can't believe The Rubberneck Album is 20 years old!!!
This song makes my female penis hard ;>
Love the TOADIES ...!!
brc3499
No idea they are still rocking it today. I think I'll have to re-enroll.
Rubberneck!! !
In 2013- these guys are still Real RockNRollerz - A m e n
first CD i ever bought
So help me cheese its !!!! Love it
The real toadies are the boot licking sycophants in the mainstream media who keep the average voter ignorant about the Obama Administrati o n ' s malfeasance. But this band bites too.
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
jeffersontha c k e r
On second thought, I believe it's 7/4. Final answer lol.
jeffersontha c k e r
Possum Kingdom does not have a 7/8 time signature; more like 9/4 with some of the standard 4/4 in there a well. Anyway Toadies rock :)
jeffersontha c k e r
Possum Kingdom does not have a 7/8 time signature. It's a mix between 9/4 and the standard 4/4. Anyway the Toadies kick a** :)
Reminds me of my youth.
SUMMER OF THE STRANGE is the best song I've heard since QOTSA's Mexicola...
Just like it!!!!!
???like this song????? Why??????
toadies?? Yes, please.
The Toadies were the one band all my friends and I could agree upon in the 90s. They provided a great addition to the soundtrack of my youth.
Such memories once locked away from me by time and age flow back when I hear their music, I love The Toadies!
Yes Lucy! I was lucky enough to (finally) see Toadies on Saturday night. Best performance I've seen, ever. I think I can die happy now.
The current tour is spectacular. Must see.
Just saw them last month at the Roxy Club, in Hollywood. Was really a cool, offbeat show. Loved it! Took my 22 year old daughter who grew up listening to them ;p
operations24 5
Oh, and Tyler is the hottest song from Rubberneck, but Hell Below/Stars Above is sick... wish I could see them every day. F**k this Utah sh!t
operations24 5
The Toadies make you feel the darkness and the love/hate of each song. The songwriting is amazing. I agree, I love Social D, but went for the Toadies, been my favorite since Rubberneck. BEST SHOW EVER
jansenhumbol d t
with dark hair and soft skin... forever
Every song I have ever heard by Toadies has caught my attention. Just saw them open for Social D tonite in St. Louis and they stole the stage hands down. Was never much of a Social D fan but now I'm a huge fan of Toadies.
One of the few bands that keep my faith in music alive.
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