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453 Rubberneck by Toadies


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Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf

The Toadies scored a hit single on their 1994 debut Rubberneck, we revisit to find out if out they are more than a one-hit-wonder

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On their 1994 debut album Rubberneck, the Toadies managed to score a hit single that is still a staple of rock stations spinning 90s alternative hits. But like a lot of people, that one single is our starting point with the band. When we gave the entire album a listen, we discovered a band confident from the get-go in their style and strengths - energetic, concise, no-frills alternative riff-rock with a distinctive lead vocalist. Spending time with the record, the deeper layers revealed themselves - a circular rockabilly-esque riff on I Come From The Water, nods to the blues-based thump Led Zeppelin on Backslider - without being obvious or sounding dated. But the superior single Possum Kingdom also made us wonder what happened to the distinctive and inventive lead guitar driving that tune, and wonder if this material translated better to the live setting.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Possum Kingdom
  • 17:59 - I Burn
  • 20:17 - I Come From The Water
  • 22:22 - Backslider
  • Outro - Quitter

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