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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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  • menswear2112

    I'm tired of the word 'underrated'. Using it won't describe the level of quality of this band. I prefer the term 'Best Kept Secret' to describe them.

    17 Jan 1:44am Reply
  • Kyanksye

    So nice! <3

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • IamFlood

    used to listen to these guys. used to have religion

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Antonionii

    Just discovered how great they are, ''Fear'' is a really good album. What album should I listen next ?

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    I passed on them 20 years ago, but not this time. Thanks guys.

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    I didn't know the Oompa Loompa used to drum for them.

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • keywee11

    New album is so beauuuuutiful so beauuuutiful <3 Don't you ever, surrender, to the voices in your head.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • drenyelle

    New album is awesome! [4]

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "People who haven't experienced long bouts of depression think that it's about the things that happen to you, where I really think it's more of an internal process, kind of machines in the head that feed on sad stories." - Throughout his career, Glen Phillips has battled depression. The Toad the Wet Sprocket singer tells us once reached a point where he "didn't want to be alive," and explains how he recently turned all of that around:

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • viathin12

    all of the toad the wetsprocket albums are great it is good to see them back together

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • BobbyCat

    New Constellation is a great album. Particularly, "The Moment" should definitely be picked as Song of the Year … because it is indeed no less than a masterpiece. Just listen to it and enjoy it folks, again and again :)

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • anotherman08

    Great stuff on the new album.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • luckystoned

    New album is awesome! [3]

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • soccer100

    New album is awesome! [2]

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • theguitar

    New album is awesome!

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    ok-- so what are the chances that two bands pick this weird phrase out randomly? does it mean something else? im in the dark.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • U2inUtah

    New album coming out guys! pre order the new album and special editions:

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nextposition

    Like alternative rock, check out this new band:

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • fuckyouty1

    these guys are great. love their music.

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DavidTQ

    Their albums always do a good job exploring literary and spiritual themes. Dulcinea refers to the love interest of Miguel Cervantes' "Don Quixote." "Don Quixote," the book, questions the value of certain ideals: sanity, love, friendship, etc. Dulcinea includes some of the same abstract ideas. "Windmills," is a nod to the book, and describes a person's efforts to obtain impossible dreams, most likely love.

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
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