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Toad the Wet Sprocket is – in my humble opinion – one of the best bands this planet has ever seen!
I became a TTWS fan through Something’s Always Wrong off their 1994 album Dulcinea. However, I seemed to be the only Swiss who “knew” TTWS back then… I have to say that actually I only knew their music but nothing about the band itself. That was pre-Internet for most of us and I wasn’t one to read music magazines.
In September 1997 I left for a one-year stay in Santa Barbara, California (see About). Of course, I brought the Dulcinea CD along with me. One night I was listing to TTWS in my host family’s living room. My host dad walked in, listened for a few seconds, and then asked who this band was. I replied: “Oh, it’s one of my favorite bands but no one seems to know them. They call themselves ‘Toad the Wet Sprocket'”.
Can you imagine how excited I was when he told me that TTWS were from Santa Barbara?
Sadly, I’ve not yet managed to see TTWS live in concert. I arrived in Santa Barbara a few days after their 1997-08-30 concert at the Bowl. And then, on July 24th, 1998 Toad the Wet Sprocket officially ceased to exist. The world lost a wonderful band (so I thought, read on).
Since then TTWS have worked together off and on over the years. A few shows here, a few shows there but no real reunion. Their original domains http://www.toadthewetsprocket.com/ and http://www.houseoftoad.com now point to myspace.com and a record company respectively.
To honor this band I’ve dug out everything I could find through Google cache and broken links and reassembled the original website! It even includes the old original TTWS web site!
I haven’t been following Toad or the individual members since I wrote above paragraphs and put their old sites online in 2003. Why should I have? The band was dead, their rare concerts were all in the United States and I was here in Switzerland.
Nonetheless, their music has remained very special to me. No other band has ever managed to resonate so deeply with me. It’s an inexplicably strong connection I feel. Even without the play counter in iTunes I know that I listened to no other band or artist more frequently than I have listened to Toad.
Out of curiosity I opened Toad’s page on Wikipedia on 2015-08-23. WHAT? They reunited and released a new album as far back as 2013? How could I have missed that, sigh.
I bought New Constellation immediately and spent the following four or so hours immersing myself in the new songs. The first two hours were slightly disappointing but then I got really hooked again. The sound is new yet so familiar, like a long lost friend. Of course, I spent hours (more like days) catching up on what I had missed in the meantime. Reading and watching interviews and reading online articles without end.
Guys, great to have you back!
2 thoughts on “Toad The Wet Sprocket”
Glen Phillips… *the* Glen Phillips who performed “Landsailor” on Vienna Teng’s 2013 “Aims” album? Obviously, yes… Oh boy, this world is really small. (And you made me curious about TTWS now.)
Yes, that one. I never heard of Vienna Teng before but thanks to your comment (and my muscial inquisitiveness) I’m currently listening through here discography.