Toad the Wet Sprocket Biography

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Band Information

Music Style:  Alternative Rock, Folk Rock
Country: United States
Year: 1986- 1998


Glen Phillips
Dean Dinning
Randy Guss
Todd Nichols


Toad the Wet Sprocket was an American folk rock band that hailed from Santa Barbara, California. The band was formed in 1986 by then 14 year old high school student Glen Phillips along with the other band members who were 17 years old at that time. The band released their first album independently before signing up with major label Capitol Records in 1989.

The band was able to enjoy commercial success with the release of their third album, fear in 1991. It contained the hit singles, "All I Want" which reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. The album also became the band’s first million seller and was certified platinum by the RIAA. There follow-up album, Dulcinea, also enjoyed great commercial success fueled by the hit singles "Something’s Always Wrong" and "Fall Down" which reached the top spot on the US Modern Rock charts.

Dulcinea was also certified platinum by the RIAA for selling over a million copies. After releasing another album which did not do as well on the charts or on sales, the band eventually broke up in 1998 citing creative differences.


Bread & Circus- Released July 1989   
Pale- Released January 1990               
Fear- Released August 27, 1991         
Dulcinea- Released May 24, 1994       
Coil – Released May 20, 1997


Toad the Wet Sprocket was able to release to back to back platinum albums with Fear in 1991 and Dulcinea in 1994.