Texas Music

Rubbernecking at the Toadies' Bug-Eyed Masterpiece

Some albums don't grow old gracefully, because they were never graceful to begin with. The Toadies' Rubberneck is rude, blasphemous, unstable, cathartic and possibly murderous, but graceful it is not. One of the angriest rock albums to be released by a Texas artist in the '90s, it is also (arguably) the most successful. And almost 20 years removed from its August 1994 release, it sounds like it's hardly aged a day.

Rubberneck is an account of the personal experiences, first- or secondhand, of front man and principal songwriter Vaden Todd Lewis, who had been working in a record store on the West Side of Fort Worth and started the Toadies with a couple of his co-workers. Aiming for a group along the same lines as the Sex Pistols, Pixies and Talking Heads -- in other words, nervy, artful and perhaps a little snotty -- Lewis cycled through several musicians, but drummer Mark "Rez" Reznicek is now the only other remaining member from the Toadies' formative days.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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