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Toad The Wet Sprocket Was A Very Strange Band Name Indeed: Wake-Up Video

9 February 2011 5:30 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Think what you will about the alternative rock revolution of the 1990s, but you can't deny that it made mainstream pop and rock slightly more interesting. A mainstream radio band — the old versions of something like Maroon 5 or the Fray — could look a little bit shaggy and sound a little bit dirty. It split the difference nicely, and while bands like Gin Blossoms are often remembered as mild diversions, they actually sounded way more rocking than anybody remembers.

For the sake of shortcuts, let's call it "Friends" rock, as just about all the bands who fall into that category (including Hootie and the Blowfish, the Rembrandts, Barenaked Ladies and the like) appeared on the soundtrack to "Friends" (and would have been enjoyed by fans of the long-running sitcom). Toad the Wet Sprocket also falls into that category, and though the California quartet (who recently reunited for a full-time return »

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