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Toad The Wet Sprocket — Dam Would Break
Album: Coil
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Is it this place that makes me fall from you?
Forget the words that once rang so true
Did we expect that life was ever fair, my God...
I sowed a field of rose and reaped a whipping rod
And everything I've held too tight inside
Could make a part of me die
And if my lips could only speak the name
The dam would break

What is this ice that gathers 'round my heart?
To stop the flood of warmth before it even starts
It would make me blind to what I thought would always be
The only constant in the world for me
And every hour of every day
I need to fight from pulling away
And if my mind could only loose the chain
The dam would break

For all the things I hid away
And all the words I could not say
The dam would break
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These guys were with me for some of my best years in Western Japan... I'd heard of them, from a CU classmate, in Grad School, in '91, and she told me to look into them, so in '93, in Ishikawa, I did. By the summer of '94, when the MTV videos from "Dulcinea" were all over the bars in Guam, where I was on a diving vacation, I was hooked. Even as the snow swirled around my 4WD Subie in the wilds of Noto in winter, they jammed in my CD player and warmed my heart. Countless memories are associated...they're a treasure to me!



Toad the Wet Sprocket takes its name from a Monty Python comedy sketch called "Rock Notes" , in which a journalist delivers a nonsensical music news report: Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland.

 MrsTom wrote:

What are they singing?  Lah dah doh?  Or am I missing words?



Same here. I checked the lyrics, but it's missing that part.
What are they singing?  Lah dah doh?  Or am I missing words?
No guilt. I love Toad. Saw them a few times in the mid-90's, a really good band.


 
Segue wrote:
8. Why does this band feel like such a guilty pleasure? 
 

 shakitten wrote:
handyrae wrote:
Please! Someone! What does Toad the Wet Sprocket mean? This band and the 60's band, Mott the Hopple, have confused me for years.
It's from a Monty Python skit in regards to the name of a hypothetical chocolate candy...it's kind of gross, actually, but a classic among us Python fans.
 
It is from Monty Python but it's not from the candy skit; it's from a news skit about a fictional rock band.  It is surprising that there has yet to be a band named "Crunchy Frog" or "Lamb's Bladder Cup" though.
Yeah, Toad!  I got turned onto them by a gal from SoCal in '91 while in Grad School at CU. I can never forget walking into a bar in Tamuning, Guam, the summer of '94 and seeing them jam "Woodburning" from Dulcinea on MTV. Then I REALLY got into them! 
I've always loved this band - a great rock version of bluegrass virtuoso Glenn Philips
8. Why does this band feel like such a guilty pleasure? 
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
Saw them in Annapolis 2 weeks ago & they played several new songs that will be on their new album...good stuff. 
 ziakut wrote:
One of the best damn bands on RP!! Dammit!
 
One of the best damn bands anywhere!   More Toad! 
 Stingray wrote:
considered to be a college-band!
Something that was sooo wrong!!
 

Not so much a college-band, more connected to people's memories from highschool/college...
Great band nonetheless... This is my favourite song!
One of the best damn bands on RP!! Dammit!
Why didn't Toad get ant airplay back then?  Such great music - unheard by the majority of the world. . .My mind could have used their music at the time.
Yes, "Helgi" - very-very nice!

90% of "Toad" is very nice - and you better believe me!

After their split 10 years ago they are talking about a new album in 2011!

VERY UNDERRATED BAND - considered to be a college-band!
Something that was sooo wrong!!

GREAT-GREAT albums!

I recommend "DULCINEA" - the one before "COIL",
what had been their last! So far...!

Nice!!
Uhum, well, to me this is one of their best songs, absolutely love this one!!
How surprised to hear it here, but then again, actually not surprised at all... {#Lol}
not their best work but o.k.
 hippiechick wrote:
I just love Toad, but I always feel sad listening to their music.
 

I know what you mean —- Walk On The Ocean can bring me to tears.  Fall Down is a good antidote though.

And long after the fact, Toad has become one of my favorite bands.
 hippiechick wrote:
I just love Toad, but I always feel sad listening to their music.
 
So do I, it somehow brings tears into my eyes.

 volnomad wrote:
These guys were/are fabulous. Glen Phillip's solo cd's are worth checking out too.
 
Coil is probably my favorite TtWS CD.  If you like this group make sure you check out Todd Nichols (guitarist) & Dean Dining (bassist) in the group Lap Dog.  They represent the harder-edged part of Toad's core personnel.  See: https://www.lapdogmusic.com
Lots of free MP3s of their work are there for the taking...


I just love Toad, but I always feel sad listening to their music.
have to say, after the last set of: Delaney & Bonnie - Coming Home
David Gilmour - There's No Way Out Of Here
Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives
this song comes off as a bit of, oh let's just say "out of place." 
 newwavegurly wrote:
Had the pleasure of seeing these guys perform last month, and they still sound great.
 
Really?? Cool. I thought they had broken up, never to return. I'll look into it!
 Gednabb wrote:
Oh, THIS is what they sound like. Glad I know now; I won't buy anything.
A bit dull to my ears.
 
Listen to Walk on the Ocean and let us know what you think.


 Gednabb wrote:
Oh, THIS is what they sound like. Glad I know now; I won't buy anything.
A bit dull to my ears.
 
You should give some more of their music a listen. You might change your mind...
Oh, THIS is what they sound like. Glad I know now; I won't buy anything.
A bit dull to my ears.
Had the pleasure of seeing these guys perform last month, and they still sound great.
These guys were/are fabulous. Glen Phillip's solo cd's are worth checking out too.
Just love Toad, but they are so melancholy.
This might be the only Toad song I've ever liked.
Interesting stuff.
shakitten wrote:
It's from a Monty Python skit in regards to the name of a hypothetical chocolate candy...it's kind of gross, actually, but a classic among us Python fans.
Actually, its not. You might be thinking of 'Crunchy Frog'. Following is taken from (click here) It came from a Monty Python sketch, yes, but more specifically, it came from one called "Rock Notes" which was basically a call-in show about the latest bands. All of the bands have silly names, but "Toad the Wet Sprocket" is the silliest. Apparently, the Monty Python members tried to come up with a name so obtuse that it would never, ever be the name of a real band.
:yes: 8
yay for toad!! thanks!!
Dam good song!
cptbuz wrote:
hey..me too, are you gonna wear the banana suit? (I'm there the 17th...sounds like a RP parking lot party, except they don't allow parking lot parties there)
They played their hometown here in SB this past Thursday....great show. :clap: I miss them so much.
I love Toad the Wet Sprocket! Play more often please!
Helchat wrote:
I just bought tickets to see these guys open for Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga!! Whoo hoo! :dancingbanana_2:
hey..me too, are you gonna wear the banana suit? (I'm there the 17th...sounds like a RP parking lot party, except they don't allow parking lot parties there)
cptbuz wrote:
Yeah! I'm sittin front row for thier co-headline show w/ Big Head Todd this summer... I'll be looki just like this ---> :dancingbanana_2:
OMG! LOL. Great minds think alike..... I'm sitting in the (facing stage) left bleachers (Section A), Seats 1 and 2!!!
I just bought tickets to see these guys open for Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga!! Whoo hoo! :dancingbanana_2:
Yeah! I'm sittin front row for thier co-headline show w/ Big Head Todd this summer... I'll be looki just like this ---> :dancingbanana_2:
canadianbug wrote:
YEAH! i love TTWS!!!! so happy!! did anybody see 'all i want' on american idol last week? some car ad with the top 12...
I did... we're probably going to be ridiculed for admitting to watching American Idol :shifty:
YEAH! i love TTWS!!!! so happy!! did anybody see 'all i want' on american idol last week? some car ad with the top 12...
handyrae wrote:
Please! Someone! What does Toad the Wet Sprocket mean? This band and the 60's band, Mott the Hopple, have confused me for years.
It's from a Monty Python skit in regards to the name of a hypothetical chocolate candy...it's kind of gross, actually, but a classic among us Python fans.
Please! Someone! What does Toad the Wet Sprocket mean? This band and the 60's band, Mott the Hopple, have confused me for years.
Moi aussi. Dulcinea is great pop. This tries a bit too hard? :think: kazuma wrote:
Dulcinea I like. This ... I'm ambivalent about this.
teo wrote:
The guy in the cover art is Gollum? Looks like him.
My preciousss... (OK, I'm a fan of the movie.)
The guy in the cover art is Gollum? Looks like him.
Perfection.
mrmojorisin wrote:
Love Toad! Dulcinea is one of the great albums.
Dulcinea I like. This ... I'm ambivalent about this.
Very Underated band.
Best band to ever come out of hometown S.B., CA- miss these guys. Going to have to listen to this CD at home tonight!
Beez wrote:
I miss these guys. :(
Me too!
courtney wrote:
ToadToadToad! I'd listen to an All Toad, All the Time Station.
I'm sorry! :wink:
wow -- a lot more passion from Toad than I'm used to. that rocked!
ToadToadToad! I'd listen to an All Toad, All the Time Station.
Love Toad! Dulcinea is one of the great albums.
sesomswim wrote:
love these guys. one of my favorites by them.
I miss these guys. :(
love these guys. one of my favorites by them.
good jam on a crappy day......
Boy, that sounded like them right off! An 8.