20 May 2015

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad The Wet Sprocket is an American alternative rock band formed in 1986. They didn't have a band name and their first gig was approaching. They chose the name "Toad the Wet Sprocket" as a joke and temporary. But vocalist Glen Phillips later called it "a joke that went on too long."

But the real origin of the name comes from a Monty Python comedy sketch. The bit was called "Rock Notes" and was about a newscaster delivering a nonsensical music news report:

Pythoner Eric Idle, the sketch's original performer, said in 1999 that when he wrote the sketch about rock musicians, he tried to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it. He was shocked when he was driving in Los Angeles and heard a DJ say that a song was performed by Toad the Wet Sprocket.

The band is comprised of:
Glen Phillips – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, mandolin
Todd Nichols – lead guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Dean Dinning – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Randy Guss – drums, percussion

The band broke up in 1998 to pursue other projects but in 2006 began touring the United States as a band again.


Eric Idle talks about Toad the Wet Sprocket in a concert

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