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Toad The Wet Sprocket

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More than one band has used this name:
1) an American alternative-rock band formed in 1986
2) a British heavy metal band active from the mid-70s to 1982

1. Toad the Wet Sprocket is an American band which consists of singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. The band enjoyed chart success in the 1990s with singles including “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”. The band broke up in 1998 to pursue other projects but in 2006 began touring the United States again in small-venue, short-run tours. In December 2010, the band announced their official reunion as a full-time working band.

Toad the Wet Sprocket was formed in 1986 at San Marcos High School just outside of Santa Barbara, California, when Glen Phillips was just a 14-year-old freshman, and the other members were 17-year-old juniors. The band drew its name from the Eric Idle monologue “Rock Notes” on Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album from 1980. Their first public appearance was at an open-microphone talent contest in September 1986 (which they lost).

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s first album came out in 1989. Named Bread and Circus, it was their first effort for Columbia Records, who had signed them out of high school. The album spawned the singles “Way Away” and “One Little Girl,” which made the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, but did not receive much attention.

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