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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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Albums by
Toad the Wet Sprocket

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    11 songs

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    New Constellation

    15 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Toad the Wet Sprocket

    12 songs

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    Coil

    12 songs

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    Dulcinea

    12 songs

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    Fear

    11 songs

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    Pale

    10 songs

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    Bread and Circus

    16 songs

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    P.S.: A Toad Retrospective

    12 songs

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    In Light Syrup

    19 songs

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    Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992

    15 songs

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    New Constellation [LP]

    11 songs

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    Dulcinea

    13 songs

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    Dulcinea [Enhanced]

    7 songs

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    Seven Songs Seldom Seen

    3 songs

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    Walk on the Ocean

    3 songs

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    Something's Always Wrong [3 Track]

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    Acoustic Dance Party


Top Songs by
Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   All I Want
  3.   Walk on the Ocean
  4.   Something's Always Wrong
  5.   Fall Down
  6.   Hey Bulldog
  7.   Good Intentions
  8.   Come Down
  9.   Hold Her Down
  10.   Pray Your Gods
  11.   Stories I Tell
  12.   Liars Everywhere
  13.   Before You Were Born
  14.   All in All
  15.   Reincarnation Song
  16.   Fly From Heaven
  17.   The Moment
  18.   I Will Not Take These Things for Granted
  19.   Torn by Toad the Wet Sprocket
  20.   Crazy Life
  21.   Brother
  22.   Rare Bird
  23.   P.S.
  24.   All Things in Time
  25.   All Right
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Toad the Wet Sprocket

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    David Nail: I Am The DJ

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    Café Acoustic

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    Rock Ballads

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    Classic Alternative

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    Eclectic Rock

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    Soft Rock

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    '90s Hits

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    U2: DNA


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