Toad The Wet Sprocket – Bread And Circus (1988)

OriginalMCFrontCover1.jpgToad the Wet Sprocket is an American alternative rock band formed in 1986. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. They had chart success in the 1990s with singles that included “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, “Fall Down”, and “Good Intentions”. The band broke up in 1998 to pursue other projects but in 2006 began touring the United States again for short-run tours each summer in small venues. In December 2010, the band announced their official reunion as a full-time working band and started writing songs for their first studio album of new material since their 1997 Columbia Records release, Coil. Their most recent full-length album, New Constellation, was released on October 15, 2013.

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. The album shows a more youthful and emotional side of their music. Singer Glen Phillips wrote most of the lyrics when he was only 15 years old.

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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 had been confirmed by lead singer Glen Phillips via Toad’s “Fan Questions” portion of their official website for release in 2011, but never occurred. Instead, a remastered vinyl LP reissue of fear and Dulcinea were released in 2018 through the band’s online store. (by wikipedia)

Toad’s first LP, Bread And Circus, was recorded independently (for $650) as the band played local bars. The band was soon signed with Columbia Records on the condition that Bread And Circus be released “as-is” – and it was in August, 1989. The band then hit the road to promote themselves and the LP. (by rockonthenet.com)

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This is the first taste of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s brand of California-flavored thinking man’s pop. Bread and Circus is a collection of songs Toad had worked up over two years of playing the Santa Monica club circuit, and the album doesn’t have the cohesive flow the band would find with later releases like Pale and Fear, but the songs are good from the get-go. “When We Recovered” and “One Little Girl” show two emotional sides to the band’s songwriting, and the superb “Know Me” portends Toad’s future efforts in one track — plaintive acoustic strumming, acerbic minor-key angst, and a soaring, defiant chorus. (by Troy Carpenter)

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Personnel:
Dean Dinning (bass, background vocals)
Randy Guss (drums)
Todd Nichols (guitar)
Glen Phillips (vocals, guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Way Away 3.07
02. Scenes From A Vinyl Recliner 4.12
03. Unquiet 2.54
04. Humble/Know Me 5.13
05. When We Recovered 2.52
06. One Wind Blows 3.26
07. Pale Blue 3.22
08. Always Changing Probably 4.49
09. One Little Girl 3.25
10. Covered In Roses 4.26

All songs written by Dean Dinning – Randy Guss ´- Todd Nichols – Glen Phillips

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And he band ist still alive and well (pic from their website in 2019):

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