Toad the Wet Sprocket issued two well-regarded college radio albums in 1989 and 1990. They were able to tour and eke out a respectable existence. Their 1992 third album, “Fear,” would catapult them to world stardom. The singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” were the vehicles to break them from alternative radio to a much broader audience. Subsequent records saw them chart until the end of the decade when they broke up and pursued other musical endeavors. They reunited in 2006 and have toured and recorded since.
It isn’t hyperbole to say how much Toad has shaped my musical tastes and in many ways, my life since the first album came out. They’ve been the soundtrack to many of my highlights. My beloved cocker spaniel was named Sprocket and I’ve painted their lyrics on the walls in my store. They’ve accompanied me on road trips and were on the stereo on my honeymoon. I’ve played their songs for my son and he has actually learned to pay a couple.