Desert Island Singles: “All I Want” by Toad the Wet Sprocket (1992)Posted: September 18, 2012
I once wrote a sketch about rock musicians and I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it, or dream it could ever be used. So I wrote the words “Toad the Wet Sprocket.” And a few years later I was driving along the freeway in LA, and a song came on the radio, and the DJ said, “That was by Toad the Wet Sprocket,” and I nearly drove off the freeway. – Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
For some reason, my listeners have a terribly hard time with the name Toad The Wet Sprocket. We play several of their songs: this one, “Fall Down,” “Good Intentions,” “Walk On The Ocean,” “Something’s Always Wrong.” But when listeners call up to ask who sang that song I’ll reply, “Toad the Wet Sprocket.” Silence. They can’t quite wrap their heads around that name. Sometimes I’ll ID their songs by saying, “Funny name – great band.” Nope, I don’t think The Current has to worry about us stealing their demographic anytime soon.
This isn’t a Desert Island Single like some, where it’s the only outstanding song by an artist. In my not-so-humble opinion Toad is one of the best bands of the ’90s. This just happens to be my favorite song of theirs.
Nothing’s so cold
As closing the heart when all we need
Is to free the soul
But we wouldn’t be that brave I know
And the air outside so soft, confessing everything