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Toadies
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Toadies performing at the White Rabbit in San Antonio, Texas
Background information
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Genres Alternative rock, grunge, post-grunge
Years active 1989–2001, 2006–present
Labels Kirtland Records, Interscope, Aezra Records
Associated acts Burden Brothers, 1100 Springs, Baboon
Website http://www.thetoadies.com/
Members Vaden Todd Lewis
Mark Reznicek
Clark Vogeler
Doni Blair
Past members Darrel Herbert
Tracey Sauerwein
Charles Mooney III
Matt Winchel
Michael Jerome
Lisa Umbarger
Terry Valderas
Guy Vaughan

Toadies are an alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas, best known for the song "Possum Kingdom." The band's classic lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis on vocals/guitar, Mark Reznicek on drums, Lisa Umbarger on bass, and Darrel Herbert on guitar. It formed in 1989 and disbanded in 2001 after Umbarger left the group. The band reformed and released an album, No Deliverance in 2008. In 2010, they re-released the album Feeler with Kirtland Records (the album's original release had been denied by Interscope in 1997). The band's latest album, Play.Rock.Music, was released in July 2012.

Biography[edit]

Early years/Rubberneck/commercial breakthrough (1989–1996)[edit]

Toadies began in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas. They recorded a few cassette self-releases and an E.P. titled Pleather before signing to Interscope Records. Their first full-length album Rubberneck was released in the summer of 1994. It included six singles, "Possum Kingdom" (their most successful) as well as "Mister Love", "Away", "Tyler", "Backslider" and "I Come From the Water". "Backslider" can be heard in the film Black Sheep. "Possum Kingdom" would later become a playable track in the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II.

Toadies toured extensively throughout the 1990s supporting Rubberneck, opening for artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Zombie, Bush, and The Butthole Surfers. They also headlined and co-headlined tours with acts such as Supersuckers, and The Reverend Horton Heat. The band was a regular act at the festivals Edgefest in Dallas, and Buzzfest in Houston during these years.

Feeler, Hell Below/Stars Above, and breakup (1997–2002)[edit]

After years of touring, the band entered the studio in 1997 to record new tracks for a second album, Feeler. Interscope Records did not approve the finished product, and rejected its 1998 release.[1] In 2000, they went back to the studio, salvaged some of the songs from the Feeler sessions, and released their second full-length album Hell Below/Stars Above in the spring of 2001 to poor sales. Portland-based musician Elliott Smith performed piano backup for the title track.

The band broke up five months later while touring in support of the album. The primary reason, according to Lewis, was that Lisa Umbarger did not want to be a part of it anymore, and that the band could not continue without her.[2]

Shortly after the break-up, a live album, Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise, was released. It was recorded earlier in 2001 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. The album was released through Interscope Records, but Kirtland Records later picked up the band's back catalogue.

No Deliverance/Feeler and Play.Rock.Music (2006–2013)[edit]

Toadies reformed for a reunion show on March 11, 2006, headlining the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day parade concert, and have played a number of shows since. In March 2007, they embarked on a mini-tour, playing dates in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. The final show of the mini-tour was recorded and released as the live album Rock Show.

The band released their third studio album, No Deliverance on August 19, 2008 via Kirtland Records. The lead single for the album was the title track.

Toadies performed at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2008, Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival on May 16, 2009 and May 18, 2013, and Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2009.

In June 2010 it was announced that Feeler, the follow-up album to Rubberneck that was shelved by Interscope, would finally be seeing a release. Vaden Todd Lewis was quoted as saying: "Since there are unfinished versions floating around on the Internet, it is important to us that people hear it as we meant it to be." The album was released on July 20, 2010. It has also been announced through the band's website that after Dia De Los Toadies, Feeler, and summer/fall touring.[3]

The band's fifth album, Play.Rock.Music, was released July 31, 2012 on Kirtland Records. A promotional video for the track, "Summer of the Strange," can be viewed on Clark Vogeler's YouTube Channel.[4]

Rubberneck 20th-anniversary reissue and tour (2014-present)[edit]

On January 7, 2014, the Toadies announced via their Facebook page that their Rubberneck album would be reissued by Kirtland Records with five previously-unreleased bonus tracks.[5][6] The announcement also revealed plans for a nationwide Rubberneck 20-year anniversary tour, featuring the Toadies playing the entire Rubberneck album "front to back", with supporting acts Supersuckers and Battleme.[5][7]

Band members[edit]

  • Vaden Todd Lewis – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1989–present)
  • Mark Reznicek – drums (1991–present)
  • Clark Vogeler – lead guitar, backing vocals (1996–present)
  • Doni Blair – bass guitar (2008–present)
Former members
  • Guy Vaughan – drums (1989)
  • Terry Valderas – drums (1989)
  • Michael Jerome (then known as Michael Moore) – drums (1989–1990)
  • Matt Winchel – drums (1990–1991)
  • Tracey Sauerwein – guitar (1991–1992)
  • Charles Mooney III – guitar (1989–1993)
  • Darrel Herbert – guitar (1992–1996)
  • Lisa Umbarger – bass guitar (1989–2001)
  • Mark Hughes - bass guitar (2006-2008)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
1994 Rubberneck
2001 Hell Below/Stars Above
  • Released: March 20, 2001
  • Label: Interscope Records (0694908722)
  • Format: CD
2008 No Deliverance
2010 Feeler
  • Released: August 10, 2010
  • Label: Kirtland Records (KR-50)
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2012 Play.Rock.Music
  • Released: July 31, 2012
  • Label: Kirtland Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2002 Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise
  • Released: November 19, 2002
  • Label: Aezra Records, Orpheus Music (80246 90220)
  • Format: CD
2007 Rock Show
  • Released: March 17, 2007
  • Label: DiscLive, Kirtland Records
  • Formats: limited edition CD-R, digital download
2010 Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Released: April 15, 2010
  • Label: ACLMF Records
  • Format: digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
Air

[8]

US
Main

[9]

US
Mod

[9]

1990 "Dig a Hole" Non-album single
1993 "Mister Love" Velvet
1994 "Mister Love" Rubberneck
1995 "Possum Kingdom" 40 9 4
"Away" 23 28
1996 "Tyler"
"Backslider"
2001 "Push the Hand" 34 Hell Below/Stars Above
2008 "No Deliverance" 38 No Deliverance
2009 "Song I Hate"
2012 "Summer of the Strange" Play.Rock.Music
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
Split singles
  • Belated Valentines split w/ Slowpoke (1995) – "Not in Love" (David Byrne)

Demo releases[edit]

  • 4-track Demos (1989)
  • Slaphead (1989)
  • Chatterbox (1990)
  • Y're Cute (1995)

Compilations and soundtracks[edit]

The following list includes only non-album and unreleased tracks.

Year Title Song Label
1992 Heaven on a Stick: A Tribute to Cheap Trick "Auf Wiedersehen" Slugfest Records
1993 Chairman of the Board: Frank Sinatra Tribute "Luck Be a Lady" Grass Records
1995 Dallas' Scene, Heard "Unattractive" (demo) Observer Records
Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits "Goolie Get-Together" MCA Records
1996 The Cable Guy Soundtrack "Unattractive" WORK/Sony Music
WRAS 88.5 Presents Radio Oddyssey "Cut Me Out" (live) Hypnotic Records
The Crow: City of Angels Soundtrack "Paper Dress" Hollywood Records
Escape form L.A. Soundtrack "Cut Me Out" Lava Records
Basquiat Soundtrack "I'm Not in Love" Island Records
Sandy Does Dallas "Beauty School Dropout" One Ton Records
1997 Come On Feel the Metal "Cowboy Song" Steve Records
2000 KISW 99.9 Live @ Bob's Garage Vol. 1 "Possum Kingdom" (live) no label
2001 Monitor This! April/May 2001 "Joey, Let's Go" Music Monitor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Todd Lewis Interview "Interview: The Toadies", SilentUproar.com, February 3rd, 2007.
  2. ^ Lycia Shrum "Breaking up is hard to do", Dallas Observer, September 27, 2001.[dead link]
  3. ^ FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!
  4. ^ Toadies "Toadies - Summer of the Strange", YouTube, March 13, 2012.
  5. ^ a b The Toadies Official Facebook Page [1], Facebook, January 7, 2014.
  6. ^ The Toadies' Best Album is Getting Reissued: What's the Band's Legacy Now? [2], The Dallas Observer, January 8, 2014.
  7. ^ The Toadies Official Facebook Page [3], Facebook, January 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Artist Chart History: Singles". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]

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