See the '80s origins of Toad the Wet Sprocket in 'Way Away'

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Toad the Wet Sprocket is a California band that scored two platinum albums in the ‘90s and several hit singles including All I Want and Walk on the Ocean.

Like a lot of successful ‘90s bands, Toad the Wet Sprocket origins began in the ‘80s.

The video for Way Away is Super 8 footage of the band shot in 1986 while trying to land a record deal. They eventually signed and released Way Away as their first single in 1989. Although Way Away did not chart, it did help get the band noticed.

The unusual band name is taken from a random Monty Python news skit about a fictional band called Toad the Wet Sprocket that was performed by Python’s Eric Idle. In September, a reunited Toad the Wet Sprocket will release their first album in sixteen years entitled New Constellation.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:28am]

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