Toad

Toad結成から解散までの略歴



高校からのバンド活動
お互いをサンタバーバラの高校で知り合ったToad the Wet Sprocket-Glen(vocals,guitar), Dean (vocals,bass), Randy(drumms),Todd(guitar,vocals)。その頃から既にバンド活動をしていた彼らは、あるバンドの演奏を手伝った際に650ドルで自分たちのレコーディングをさせてもらえることに。



思いもよらなかったデビュー
そのテープが地元サンタバーバラで評判となり、レコード会社からオファーを受け、“デモテープに手を加えずにアルバムリリースしたい”という(ちょっと無謀でもある?)Toadの希望にOKだったコロムビアレコードと契約。のっけからデモテープに手を加えたくないなんて、ありのままの自分達でいることの大切さをしっているToadらしさを感じてしまいます。
ちなみにGlenはこのレコードデビューの話がなければ大学に行く予定だったそう。



プラチナ2枚を含む6枚のアルバムをリリース
その後、デビューアルバムBread and Circus('89),Pale('90),Fear('91),Dulcinea('94),In Light Syrup('95),Coil('97)をリリース。この6枚のうちFear、Dulcineaはプラチナ。(ToadのAlbumについてのちょっと個人的な(?)コメントはこちら



十数年の間にそれぞれに成長したメンバー。そして解散・・・
しかし、残念なことに・・・'98年7月解散のニュース…。(英語の解散声明は一番下)

高校時代のバンド活動の頃から数えると十数年にもなる月日の中で、メンバーそれぞれが少しずつ違う道を見つけ出したようです。残念ではありますが、何よりも自分らしくいることの大切さを知っている彼らのことです。そんな彼らが出した結論なら、これが一番いい方法であったと私は信じます。(でもやっぱり一度でいいから生のToadライブを見たかった・・・(涙))。

解散声明の中でも "By ending the band now we can look back on our career together with a sense of pride and pleasure."と充実感をもって振り返っています。



New Projects に向けてがんばって欲しい!
また“解散は各メンバーが音楽との関わりを断つということを意味するものではない”という声明通り、実際、現在ToddとDeanは”Lapdog”としてファーストアルバムのレコーディング中(2.17現在)、RandyはCharttoppersというバンドでサンタバーバラをベースにパフォーマンスしており(2.1現在)、ソロツアーを'98秋に終えたGlenはといえば、期待のソロアルバム創作中(2.17現在)!楽しみっ!!!



※ 今後の情報はなるべく日本語で載せていくつもりですが、 Toadは歴史が長いので、以前のことについて知りたい場合は Linkで見てくださいね。(英語ですが・・・)



解散声明
ToadのOfficial Siteより
24 July 1998 Toad Breaks Up
It's a sad time for Toad lovers everywhere because the group has split up. Yes, it's true, that after more than a decade of making music together, Dean, Randy, Todd and Glen are going their separate ways. The following is the complete press release from the band's management company, Blake & Bradford: After twelve years, six albums (which together have sold four million copies), and over 800 performances, the Santa Barbara-based rock band known as Toad The Wet Sprocket has decided to break-up, citing emerging differences among the four members. "We came together as kids but have grown in different directions as adults," explains Glen Phillips, who was 15 years old when he started singing and playing guitar with Dean Dinning (bass, vocals), Randy Guss (drums) and Todd Nichols (guitar, vocals). The high school friends, who met in drama club before playing their first gig under the Monty Python-inspired name in September of 1986, "always said the band would last as long as it was fun. We wanted to be driven by passion instead of habit," recalls Phillips. "Being in a band can be hard sometimes," says Guss, who has known Phillips since grade school. "We've always always called our own shots?made the tough decisions?and this is the biggest one of all. But it's one that had to be made." "In recent months it became harder to keep everyone satisfied within the confines of the band," adds Phillips. "It felt like if we stayed together much longer, the tensions would hurt both the music and our friendships." Those friendships became a professional entity when the band released Bread And Circus on Columbia Records in 1989, beginning a long-standing relationship with not only the label but their manager, Chris Blake. This continuity led to the recording of two platinum albums (Fear in 1991 and Dulcinea in 1994) along with Pale (1990), In Light Syrup (1995) and Coil (1997). "We were together longer than we ever thought we'd be," reflects Nichols. "We never thought it would turn into a career but it did, and a good one at that. But after twelve years it was time for a change." Some of the many highlights in that career included performing for over half-a-million people at two N.O.W. rallies on the Washington Mall. Long a supporter of women's rights, Toad sang about the horrors of sexual abuse in their 1992 breakthrough track "Hold Her Down" and last year hosted their 5th annual benefit concert for the hometown rape crisis center. The fan-friendly band also made a habit of sending out special recordings and holiday cards to their mailing list of over 70,000 members, many of whom had followed Toad from their very first tour as the opening act for the B-52s in 1989. "I will really miss playing for our fans all across the country," notes Dinning. "So many of them became familiar faces." "Without ever being trendy, we managed to deeply touch a large number of people," remarks Phillips. "There's a great deal of satisfaction in that." Indeed, it appears it was the music and words, as opposed to the band's admittedly almost non-existent image, that kept the faithful coming back tour after tour. Plans had called for the quartet?whose most popular tunes include "All I Want," "Walk On The Ocean," "Fall Down" and "Good Intentions"?to begin work on a new album this summer but, after a couple of false starts, the decision to dissolve the band was reached almost unanimously. "Rather than continue on and take a chance of placing both our friendships and artistic visions in jeopardy, we decided to quit now while both are still intact," offers Guss. Phillips agrees. "By ending the band now we can look back on our career together with a sense of pride and pleasure." While no longer a band, the former members of Toad The Wet Sprocket are by no means giving up on making music. Look for projects from all four in the near future.