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MEMBERS: Glen Phillips ~ Dean Dinning ~ Todd Nichols ~ Randy Guss
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BIRTHDAYS: Glen Phillips (December 29, 1970) ~ Dean Dinning (June 9, 1967) ~ Todd Nichols (August 10, 1967) ~ Randy Guss (March 7, 1967)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "All I Want" (1992)
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BIGGEST LP: Fear (1991)
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TIMELINE

Toad The Wet Sprocketbutton.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket consists of Glen Phillips (vocals, keyboard and guitar), Todd Nichols (guitars and vocals), Randy Guss (drums), and Dean Dinning (bass, vocals, and keyboard). The group members met in high school and later formed the band in 1986 in California and named themselves after a Monty Python sketch. The band started as 4 friends from high school having fun playing music together with little intention of striking it big or making a career out of music.

1989...

August
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Bread And Circusbutton.gif (123 bytes) Toad's first LP, Bread And Circus, was recorded independently (for $650) as the band played local bars. The band was soon signed with Columbia Records on the condition that Bread And Circus be released "as-is" - and it was in August, 1989. The band then hit the road to promote themselves and the LP.

1990...

February
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Palebutton.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket released Pale.
button.gif (123 bytes) Phillips said of their luck, "I think the thing that saved us a lot of grief is that we fell into this by accident... we got signed in the summer after what was going to be our last year together... when the summer ended, I was suppose to go off to college."

1991...

August
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fearbutton.gif (123 bytes)Toad's folk-influenced alternative/rock style became successful to a large audience with their third LP release, Fear. The band found success on the radio with tracks such as the Top 10, "All I Want" and "Walk On The Ocean." The LP also features Glen Phillip's wife Laurel appearing on the track "Butterflies."

1992... # 53 Singles Artist of the Year

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket hit the Top 40 with "All I Want."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket hit the Top 10 with "All I Want."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket hit the Top 40 with "
Walk On The Ocean."

1993... # 91 Singles Artist of the Year

1994... # 65 Singles Artist of the Year

May
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Dulcineabutton.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket released Dulcinea which contained the hits "Fall Down" and "Something's Always Wrong." Q magazine said of the LP, "...the quietly considered craftsmanship that has earned them favorable comparisons with R.E.M. and Crowded House remains in evidence here..."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket recorded a cover tune for a Kiss tribute LP,
Kiss My Ass - "Rock And Roll All Night."
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 6 weeks with "
Fall Down."

June
Toad The Wet Sprocket - "Fall Down" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket hit the Top 40 with "Fall Down."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket hit the Top 40 with "Something's Always Wrong."

1995...

October
Toad The Wet Sprocket - In Light Syrupbutton.gif (123 bytes) The band released In Light Syrup - a collection of unreleased material and b-sides.
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket hit the Top 40 with "
Good Intentions."

1997...

May
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Coilbutton.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket released Coil (after many delays) with the track "Come Down."

button.gif (123 bytes) The band spent their summer touring with the H.O.R.D.E. tour.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket could be heard on the soundtrack to I Know What You Did Last Summer with their version of The Beatles' "Hey Bulldog."

1998...

June
Toad The Wet Sprocketbutton.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket decided to go their separate ways and split up after 12 years of making music together. "Emerging differences" was sites as the reason for the breakup, and Glenn Phillips stated, "in recent months it became harder to keep everyone satisfied within the confines of the band... it felt like if we stayed together much longer, the tensions would hurt both the music and our friendships." Todd Nichols added: "we were together longer than we ever thought we'd be... we never thought it would turn into a career but it did, and good one at that... but after 12 years it was time for a change."

1999...

November
Toad The Wet Sprocket - P.S. (A Toad Retrospective)button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket released a greatest hits collection: P.S. (A Toad Retrospective).

2001...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) In Light Syrup was certified gold.

2002...

button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket reunited to open for some Counting Crows shows.

2003..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket began touring again.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 362 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2013...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Toad The Wet Sprocket released New Constellation.



LPs
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Bread And Circus Bread And Circus
Released: August, 1989
Tracks: "Way Away" - "Scenes From A Vinyl Recliner" - "Unquiet" - "Know Me" - "When We Recovered" - "One Wind Blows" - "Pale Blue" - "Always Changing Probably" - "One Little Girl" - "Covered In Roses"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Pale Pale
Released: February, 1990
Tracks: "Torn" - "Come Back Down" - "Don't Go Away" - "High On A Riverbed" - "I Think About" - "Corporal Brown" - "Jam" - "Chile" - "Liars Everywhere" - "Nothing Is Alone" - "She Cried"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fear Fear
Released: August, 1991
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 49
Tracks: "Walk On The Ocean" - "Is It For Me" - "Butterflies" - "Nightingale Song" - "Hold Her Down" - "Pray Your Gods" - "Before You Were Born" - "Something To Say" - "In My Ear" - "All I Want" - "Stories I Tell" - "I Will Not Take These Things For Granted"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea Dulcinea
Released: May, 1994
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 34
Tracks: "Fly From Heaven" - "Woodburning" - "Something's Always Wrong" - "Stupid" - "Crowing" - "Listen" - "Windmills" - "Nanci" - "Fall Down" - "Inside" - "Begin" - "Reincarnation Song"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - In Light Syrup In Light Syrup
Released: October, 1995
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 37
Tracks: "Brother" - "Little Heaven" - "Good Intentions" - "Hobbit On The Rocks" - "Are We Afraid" - "So Alive" - "All In All" - "All Right" - "Janitor" - "Chicken" - "Hope" - "All She Said"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Coil Coil
Released: May, 1997
Billboard peak: # 19
Tracks: "Whatever I Fear" - "Come Down" - "Rings" - "Dam Would Break" - "Desire" - "Don't Fade" - "Little Man Big Man" - "Throw It All Away" - "Amnesia" - "Little Buddha" - "Crazy Life" - "All Things In Time"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - P.S. (A Toad Retrospective) P.S. (A Toad Retrospective)
Released: November, 1999
Tracks: "P.S." (New Version) - "Come Down" - "All I Want" (Remix) - "Something's Always Wrong" - "Good Intentions" - "Crazy Life" - "Come Back Down" - "Walk On The Ocean" - "Fall Down" - "I Will Not Take These Things For Granted" - "Way Away" - "Jam" - "Hold Her Down" (Remix) - "Whatever I Fear" - "Eyes Open Wide" - "Silo Lullaby"
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