It’s been five years since the release of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s reunion album New Constellation and I’d say they’re overdue for a follow-up. Sure, fans had to wait 16 years between their pre-breakup album Coil and this one, but we’re not gluttons for punishment.
As I’ve written before, Toad the Wet Sprocket is my favorite 90s band. They released five excellent albums spanning that decade before splitting, including a couple that were the soundtrack to the early years of my relationship with my wife. So I have an emotional tie to their music in addition to really digging their sound.
When this song popped up as the next random selection from my iTunes library, I was certain I’d featured it on the blog before.
After all, it’s the first major single from Toad the Wet Sprocket’s breakthrough album, and I’ve blogged about Toad the Wet Sprocket songs 13 times before.
But no, somehow I’d never made it around to ‘Walk On the Ocean,’ the first song I ever heard, 25 years ago, by a band I still love today.
Here’s another Montauk Madness Round One matchup pitting a legend against a mere mortal.
Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my favorite 90s bands and I have outsized affection for them due to the role they played in the early years of my relationship with my wife. But it takes more than that to topple The Rolling Stones, inarguably one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
Back in 2012 I counted down my favorite 90s albums and Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Dulcinea landed in the tenth spot.
That feels low to me as I sit here and contemplate the album and its impact on me back in 1994, but when I check out the titles that rounded out the top ten it’s hard to justify moving it up against such stiff competition.
I’ve written before that Toad the Wet Sprocket is my favorite of the alternative bands that truly belong to the 90s. The band’s debut album, Bread & Circus, was released in 1989 and the four records that make up the heart of their discography were released between 1990 and 1997.
Coil was the last of these and many fans consider it the best. I have difficulty finding much space between this record, 1991’s Fear and 1994’s Dulcinea in terms of quality. That’s a trilogy I’d stack up against anybody’s work from the era.
My second Random Weekend selection is more upbeat than yesterday’s, at least musically. This little blast from the 90s past comes courtesy of Toad the Wet Sprocket, my pick as the best of the 90s alternative bands that dominated that era.
The most depressing thing about today’s SOTD is when I Googled the lyrics, I found them on a site called ‘Oldie Lyrics.’ Have the songs of my late teens and early 20s officially become oldies?
Best Songs of 2013 – #17
I doubt Toad the Wet Sprocket’s lead singer Glen Phillips’ name ever comes up in discussions of great pop vocalists. The band is too much a relic of the 90s to command that much respect.
But I’d rank him right up there. His soothing but edgy tone perfectly serves the band’s rocking material and especially its ballads.