What ever happened to....TAD

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  1. Larry Esposito

    Larry Esposito Supporting Member

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    Eight Way Santa is such a good album. One of the best of the grunge era.

    Why did this band not make it bigger?..why did they split? Only 3 albums?

    I really dig Inhaler too, haven't warmed up to God's Balls yet.

    I think Tad Doyle wrote great lyrics, had some cool hooks and melody. The drummer rocked. Seems they made a couple killer albums and disappeared.

    Anyone else a fan...have any info on the ban?
     
  2. digiTED

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    I dug them quite a bit way back. Brutal live for sure. I had the good fortune of opening for them once in the early 90's. I think they struggled with getting sued a lot for copyright infringing cover art and despite helping to invent grunge, got passed by either more punk-influenced stuff like Nirvana (they're old school metal heads) or pretty grunge like Pearl Jam.

    Not sure why they split, but Tad Doyle's next band was also kick-ass: Hog Molly.

    Another band you'd like in the Tad flavor and era is Cherubs. Equally brutal!

    There's a documentary about them called "Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears":

     
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    Classic! They were pretty heavy for the tenor of the times. They turned a lot of kids in my neighborhood on to dropped-D tuning.
     
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    Tad is playing in a great band called 'Brothers of the Sonic Cloth' now. I saw them live a few months ago. Not sure they have a record yet, but the songs they played were awesome. Look for it when it comes out.
     
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    Wow, I haven't even thought about Tad in years. I played the heck out of Inhaler back in the day... need to dust that one off and see how it has held up!
     
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    I love Tad. In 1991 or so a roomate gave me a cassette tape that had nothing but GODS BALLS written on the outside with a marker. I wore it out for ages before I even knew who it was. Killer band.
     
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    I just watched the documentary and I really enjoyed it! Thanks digiTED for posting it!
     
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    Always (actually still do) liked TAD. Great band! Thanks for posting that doc digiTED. I'll have to watch it this weekend.
     
  9. Larry Esposito

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    Thanks for the info. You gave me more than I found with google...and the video to boot. I'm excited to watch that when I get home from work.

    Hog Molly - Kung Fu album review on Rate Your Music said the music was a lot different...true?

    I will check out Cherubs!
     
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    Dust that baby off...and if you have it, check out 8 way Santa. Music hold up very well. In retrospect, TAD is right up there with the big grunge acts (Nirvana,Soundgarden,Pearl Jam). Too bad they are a forgotten footnote now and never hit it big.
     
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    Although never a commercial success, Tad (the band and the man) will always occupy a special place in the heart of those of us with an affection for the broader Seattle scene from the late 80s and early 90s.
     
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    Truth
     
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    I couldn't find my old Inhaler CD, but both Inhaler and 8 Way Santa are both on Spotify. :aok I listened to both of them this morning... way better than a cup of coffee to get you going! Great stuff!

    :dude
     
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    The Stumbling Man video on one of the Sub Pop VHS collections was really cool. Unlike most "grunge" dudes, Tad could actually have been a lumberjack.
     
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    Not sure, but I saw TAD open for Mudhoney about 95 or 96 and it was absolutely an amazing show!!!
     
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    I seen him open for Slash(snakepit) at hammerjacks in Baltimore in the 90's.
     

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