Toadies Rubberneck on 180g LP + Download
20th Anniversary 180g Vinyl Remaster with Accompanying Download featuring 5 Exclusive Rubberneck-Era Bonus Tracks
Born out of the '90s alternative rock scene, Toadies of Fort Worth, TX burst into the music scene with their debut album, Rubberneck, which went platinum on the strength of two smash singles "Possum Kingdom" and "Tyler." The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and went on to spend 49 weeks on the Billboard 200.
The songs on Rubberneck are fearless, literate and visceral. Certainly, they're not your average, accessible radio fodder. "We didn't even have singles in mind," drummer Mark Reznicek says. "Or the idea of even possibly getting on the radio. We didn't think that would ever happen." But "Possum Kingdom" remains a radio staple to this very day while "Backslider" and "Tyler" also pop up frequently as well. It's because raw expression makes for the most powerful art.
Rubberneck's staying power breeds new fans to go along with the Toadies' cult like early-adopters, whose faith never flagged even as the band struggled to release new music. When their would-be-second album languished on the label shelf, they circulated demos and bought tickets. Even when a different second album, 2001's Hell Below/Stars Above, fared poorly and the Toadies broke up, the fans' steadfast evangelism continued.
A one-off show in 2006 became a full-fledged Toadies reunion and the band has steadily built momentum ever since. A third album, No Deliverance, came in 2008 and saw the band playing Lollapalooza and ACL. The heretofore lost album, Feeler, finally materialized in 2010 while Play.Rock.Music was issued in 2012.
Today, the Toadies - and their magnum opus - are stronger than ever. And being recently remastered Rubberneck is an even more striking listen complete with five bonus tracks included on an accompanying download. "Three of the five songs were actually recorded during the same sessions,” Reznicek says. In their customary position at the end of the original sequence, these tunes actually sound as though they’re not bonuses.
The loping “Run In With Dad,” where titular fanatic catches his son fornicating, could fit right in between “Backslider” and “Possum Kingdom.” Likewise “Stop It,” which is actually a Pylon cover – it wouldn’t be so out of place between “Tyler” and “Happyface.” The instrumental unfinished demo “Rockfish,” (part of which was used to create “Waterfall” from Feeler) could make a nice bookend with “Mexican Hairless.” The other rarities, Rubberneck-era live takes of “Possum Kingdom” and “Tyler” are snapshots of a band in original form.
Of course, with 20 years and thousands of shows behind them, the Toadies sound even better. On the road in 2014, supported by the Supersuckers and Battleme, the Toadies will pay tribute to their fans’ support by playing Rubberneck start-to-finish. “I honestly cannot wait to get onstage in front of these fans and play the album front to back,” says Vogeler. “I've been looking forward to it for years and, after this anniversary tour, I can’t imagine that we’ll ever do it again.” Lewis is likewise stoked. “Performing these songs will never get old for me so long as I'm able to look out and see smiling, sweaty faces looking back.”
Toadies Rubberneck Track Listing:
1. Mexican Hairless
2. Mister Love
4. Possum Kingdom
7. I Come From The Water
11. I Burn
Download Card Bonus Tracks
1. Run In With Dad *
2. Stop It (Pylon cover) *
3. Rockfish *
4. Possum Kingdom (live version)
5. Tyler (live version)
* from the original Rubberneck recording sessions