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The Toadies. (2004, May 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:57, January 21, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Toadies&oldid=16484623

Toadies is a grunge band from Fort Worth, Texas. The Toadies were around during the first grunge generation, but were not well known until the debut of their famous song "Possum Kingdom" in August of 1994. After the death of Kurt Cobain, the front man of leading grunge band, Nirvana, they were considered post-grunge, A second grunge generation hit band. The band's lineup consisted of Todd Lewis on vocals/guitar, Mark Reznicek on drums, Lisa Umbarger on bass, and Clark Vogeler on guitar for most of the band's existence. The band formed in 1989 and officially disbanded in 2001 after Umbarger left the group, closing the year with a farewell tour across Texas. After playing periodic concerts in the ensuing years with various bassists, the band reformed in 2008 and is currently touring for their latest album, No Deliverance, which was released on August 19, 2008.

The Toadies formed in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas. They began recording a few cassette singles and an E.P. titled Pleather before gaining fame around the Dallas/Fort Worth area and signing to Interscope Records. Their first full-length album Rubberneck was released in the summer of 1994. The album would go on to produce their most successful single "Possum Kingdom", as well as four more singles in "Mister Love", "Away", "Tyler", and "I Come From the Water". The album would become a soundtrack and a constant play on many rock stations during the 1990s, and the track "Possum Kingdom" would go on to still be an occasional play on today's radio, as well as a track in Guitar Hero II.

After the massive hit of five singles, Toadies toured extensively throughout the 1990s supporting Rubberneck, opening for such artists as Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Zombie, Bush, and The Butthole Surfers. They also headlined and co-headlined tours with acts such as Brutal Juice, Baboon, Supersuckers, and The Reverend Horton Heat. The band was a usual appearance on Edgefest in Dallas, and Buzzfest in Houston annually throughout these years. After grueling touring for years, the band went back to the studio in 1997.

After massive touring for Rubberneck, the band entered the studio to record new tracks for a second album, Feeler. Interscope Records did not approve the finished product, and rejected its 1998 release.[1] After their label's rejection of their finished work, the band eventually went back into the studio after a lengthy break. When they went back to the studio in 2000, they salvaged some of the songs recorded during the Feeler sessions, and eventually released their second full-length album Hell Below/Stars Above in the spring of 2001.

While touring in support of Hell Below/Stars Above, the band broke up five months after the album's release. On August 22, 2001, Todd Lewis contacted the Dallas Observer to officially announce the band's breakup. The primary reason for the breakup of the band (as told by Lewis) was that Lisa Umbarger simply did not want to be a part of it anymore, and that the band could not continue without her.[2] The band would go on to play a few more sporadic reunion concerts throughout the years until the 2007 reunion.

Shortly after the break-up, a Toadies live album, Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise, was released. It was recorded just prior to the band's breakup in 2001 at the Paradise in Boston, MA. The album was released through Interscope Records, but after Interscope stopped producing Toadies' albums, Kirtland Records, who were the Burden Brothers' record label, picked up the Toadies' back catalogue.

Despite Lewis's claims that the band couldn't go on without Umbarger, the band reformed for a reunion show on March 11, 2006, headlining the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day parade concert. They also had a reunion show at Edgefest 15 in Dallas on June 18, 2006. In March 2007, the band embarked on a mini-tour, playing dates in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. The final show at the Greenville Ave St. Patrick's Day parade was recorded and released as the live album Rock Show.

After the mini-tour, Lewis had set aside his projects to relax at home, however new releases have surfaced on their MySpace page, as well as a biography implying the Toadies have re-united, and new material could be possible in the future. A track entitled "Unattractive" was added to their MySpace music player; the track was recorded for the soundtrack to the film The Cable Guy that starred Jim Carrey. The Burden Brothers' indefinite hiatus has also led to reunion rumors. The band played shows in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas in early 2008, as well as headlining The Edge 102.1 FM's music festival How The Edge Stole Christmas.

On May 12, 2008, the Toadies' MySpace blog was updated with an entry announcing the release of their third studio album, No Deliverance on August 19, 2008. It will be the band's first album since 2001's Hell Below/Stars Above, which commercially was a failure. The lead single for the album was announced to be the title track, "No Deliverance".

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The Toadies. (2004, May 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:57, January 21, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Toadies&oldid=16484623

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