Bread & Circus

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Bread & Circus
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Studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Released July 26, 1989 (Columbia Re-Issue)
Recorded May 12 to September 8, 1988 at Camp David in Thousand Oaks, California
Genre Alternative rock
Length 37:49
Label Columbia, Abe's Records
Producer Toad the Wet Sprocket ("Coached by" Brad Nack)
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Bread & Circus is the debut album by Toad the Wet Sprocket, originally self-released on cassette only in 1988, and re-released in 1989 by Columbia Records on CD, Cassette and Vinyl with altered artwork. The album was recorded while the four members were still in high school for a total cost of $650.

In May 2009, the band announced plans to re-release Bread & Circus, out of print since 2001, in a remastered edition with expanded artwork and bonus tracks culled from the album sessions that didn't make it onto the album. Their sophomore record, "Pale" would also get the same kind of re-issue. In 2010 the band signed a deal with Primary Wave to handle their back catalog and licensing. These reissues have been confirmed by lead singer Glen Phillips via Toad's "Fan Questions" portion of their official website, for release in 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Toad the Wet Sprocket.

No. Title Length
1. "Way Away" 3:07
2. "Scenes from a Vinyl Recliner" 4:11
3. "Unquiet" 2:54
4. "Humble/Know Me" 5:13
5. "When We Recovered" 2:52
6. "One Wind Blows" 3:26
7. "Pale Blue" 3:21
8. "Always Changing Probably" 4:48
9. "One Little Girl" 3:25
10. "Covered in Roses" 4:25

Known Studio Outtakes:

  1. PS
  2. Window Pane
  3. Evil Fish


  • Glen Phillips – Vocals, Guitar
  • Todd Nichols – Guitar, Producer
  • Randy Guss – Drums, Producer
  • Dean Dinning – Bass, Vocals (background), Producer
  • Brian Gardner – Mastering
  • Brad Nack – Artwork, Coach, Cover Art
  • Pete Tangen – Photography
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket – Producer
  • David Vaught – Engineer, Mixing


Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "One Little Girl" Modern Rock Tracks 24