Toad The Wet Sprocket

Who said that Americans have no sense of British humor?

The alternative rockers from Santa Barbara, California, who adopted this ridiculous band name, dived into the Holy Grail where the collected Monty Python humor is kept.

What explains band name Toad the Wet Sprocket - Monty Python - Holy GrailThe band name is taken from a sketch by Pythonist Eric Idle, and can be heard on Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album (1980).

The band name also appears in a parody of The Old Grey Whistle Test (the English precursor of MTV's Unplugged series) broadcast in 1975.

In the Monty Python sketch, called Rock Notes, the 'band naming madness' is aimed at. We hear a news reader reading out the following text: 'Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. [...] Plans are already afoot for a major tour of Iceland.'

Does the band name hint at new findings about the hitherto wobbly relationship between amphibians and our modern industrial world?

Active: 1986-1998; 2002; 2006-present, USA



Ray Smith said...

This may be factual for the American Band but in the 70’s through to mid eighties there already was a band with this name in the UK. Indeed the first and famous Metal For Mother’s compilation album had a track by them alongside Iron Maidens first tracks. The Myth is that Monty Python saw the band name and used it in the sketch. I have flyers from the day and one dating to 1981 by I saw them play long before this. If this is true or not that’s for another time but certainly the uk band were the first TTWS.

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