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Toad the Wet Sprocket Biography

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Birth Place: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Years Active: 1986-1999, with periodic performing 2002, 2006–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock

Toad the Wet Sprocket are an alternative rock band that formed while a number of its members were still in high school in California in 1986. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. The band hit the height of their popularity in the 1990s with a series of hit songs, such as “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want” and “Something's Always Wrong.” Despite their success, by the end of the 1990s the band had broken up. However, 2006 saw the band reunite and perform a number over live shows throughout the states. When the band first formed, Phillips was just sixteen years old, with Nichols and Guss both nineteen at the time, and Dinning the oldest at twenty. The band began jamming together after school and started playing at local open-mic shows in 1986.

The band's 1989 debut album, “Bread & Circus” was self-released through their own label, Abe Records. The album spawned the singles “Way Away” and “One Little Girl,” but the band failed to make an impression. Their second offering, “Pale” appeared in 1990 with a more mature sound that got the band signed to Columbia Records. The band's commercial breakthrough came with their third offering, “Fear” in 1991. The album produced the singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean,” which peaked in the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart that year. The album went platinum, the band hit the road, and suddenly they generated a large following at every show. After they came home from touring the band went straight back into the studio and released “Dulcinea” in 1994, with the single, “Fall Down” peaking at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and at #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The band had finally arrived and crossed over to the mainstream markets.

“Coil” emerged in 1997 and showcased more of an electric rock sound, and spawned the hit singles, “Come Down” and “Crazy Life.” Despite the success of the single “Come Down” the album failed commercially, which prompted the band to split a year later in 1998. Over the next eight years the band would play on and off together and collaborate on various side projects for movies, playing concerts for

a cause, such as the rape crisis center, and opening up for Counting Crows in 2002. 2006 marked the band officially reuniting for a nationwide tour of the U.S. and entering the studio to record some new material. The band signed a record deal with Primary Wave Records in 2010 and released two new songs: “Friendly Fire” and “The Moment.”