Song of the Day #4,738: ‘Starting Now’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

I got a nice surprise in my inbox the other day when a Ticketmaster email delivered the news that Toad the Wet Sprocket would be playing a show in Fort Lauderdale this October.

I quickly snatched up the general admission tickets for me and my wife, and we chuckled at the thought of packing together with a bunch of other aging Gen-Xers to watch one of our favorite 90s bands.

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Song of the Day #4,692: ‘Inside’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Listening to Jackson Browne’s I’m Alive last week and now this song today, I’m reminded that the early 90s contained their fair share of musical treasures.

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Dulcinea is one of my favorite albums from that era. This is the best release by one of the best alternative rock bands of all time, one that has never received half the recognition they deserve.

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Song of the Day #3,905: ‘Something to Say’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

1991 was the year before I met my future wife, but my #2 album of that year earned its spot on this list mostly because of her.

Both Alexandra and I were fans of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s album Fear when we met, and it became a bonding element for us. It’s funny that she and I have very little musical overlap in general but managed to find a few artists who meant a whole lot to both of us. Although I probably would have faked liking these guys if it meant spending more time with her.

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Song of the Day #3,739: ‘Rare Bird’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

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.

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