TAD [Special]

TAD [Special]

Led by ex-butcher Tad Doyle on vocals and guitar, TAD was formed in early 1988 by Doyle and bassist Kurt Danielson, who met at a Christian potluck dinner. They previously played together when Danielson's band Bundle of Hiss played with Doyle's previous band (in which he played drums) H-Hour. Doyle had also earlier played in a Gang of Four cover band called Red Set. They recruited drummer Steve Wied (formerly of Skin Yard and Death and Taxes) and guitarist Gary Thorstensen to complete the original lineup.

TAD was among the first bands to be signed to Sub Pop Records and was possibly the first pioneer of what was to be later called grunge rock. In 1987, Doyle released the Daisy/Ritual Device Single on Sub Pop, produced by seminal Seattle producer Jack Endino, in which he wrote and performed all music. Their debut album God's Balls appeared in early 1989 and was also produced by Jack Endino. In March 1990 they released the Salt Lick EP, recorded by Steve Albini. The single "Wood Goblins" was released in the same year, but was apparently banned by MTV. After a European tour with Nirvana, Tad returned to Seattle and recorded their second album 8-Way Santa (1991), named after a type of blotter acid. Produced by Butch Vig (better known for Nirvana's Nevermind), the album was far more pop-oriented than its predecessors, featuring such songs as "Jinx", "Stumblin' Man" and "Jack Pepsi". "Jack Pepsi" would become their best-known song, but Pepsi filed a lawsuit against the band due to the cover art on the single, which was the Pepsi logo with "Tad" in place of "PEPSI." Another lawsuit was filed due to the cover of 8-Way Santa (which was a found picture of a man fondling a woman's breast). The couple in the photograph, one of whom had since become a born-again Christian and remarried, took exception and sued. Sub Pop changed the album cover.

After a very brief acting stint in Singles, TAD were offered their first major-label opportunity by Giant Records. However, Steve Wied had left, joining Willard, and later Foil. Rey WashamScratch Acid) briefly filled on drums in 1991 but was later replaced by Josh Sinder, previously of the Accused. Sinder debuted with Tad on their last Sub-Pop release, the "Salem"/"Leper" single (which featured "Mud-Man", Josh's brother, on the cover). Their major label debut Inhaler, which is widely known as being one of the all time heaviest grunge albums to date, appeared later in the year to positive reviews. The record failed to break the band however, even though they were chosen to open for Soundgarden on their 1994 SuperunknownInhalerBill Clinton smoking a joint with the caption reading "This is heavy shit". (formerly of tour. Giant Records quickly got cold feet and dropped the band when a poster promoting surfaced featuring.

In 1994, the band released Live Alien Broadcasts on Futurist Records, which was a best-of live studio recording. Thorstensen left but they secured a second major-label deal with EastWest/Elektra Records in 1995 releasing their fifth album Infrared Riding Hood. TAD were dropped again in 1996 when the album received disappointing sales although this was mainly due to poor promotion by the label. They continued to gig for the remainder of the year before Sinder left to form the Hot Rod Lunatics. He was replaced on drums by Mike Mongrain of Foil. Tad's final single "Oppenheimer's Pretty Nightmare"/"Accident On The Way To Church" appeared in 1998 on Up Records. A year later the band dissolved.

Following TAD's breakup, Doyle formed Hog Molly in 2001, releasing the album Kung-Fu Cocktail Grip late the same year. He later formed the band band Hoof who have yet to release any recordings. Tad's Current (2008) band Brothers of the Sonic Cloth has been playing to rave reviews in Seattle Night clubs. Kurt Danielson went on to join Valis, a project which included members of Screaming Trees and Mudhoney. Josh Sinder has gone on to play drums in The Insurgence and also plays with Marky Felchtone from Zeke in new band Hellbound For Glory.

A documentary of the band titled Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears was released in February, 2008.

"TAD took the idea of playing LIVE very seriously; it was a life or death matter. This DVD not only stands as testimony to that claim, but it's also a cinematic document of the world's HEAVIEST band EVER (as Bruce Pavitt so incisively puts it) bodily stretching that assertion beyond any previously known limitations. Better than a tattoo, it's an open scar that roars, a broken alarm bell ringing from the lost event horizon of a long-dead star, one we could never see--that is, until this DVD clipped it back onto the light box of the silver screen, where it can be deciphered and viewed anew. This documentary telescopes the musical pathology of TAD down into the image of an electrocardiograph recording the minor-mode melody of a final infarct, a demented soundtrack that is neither tame nor de-clawed. It was never meant to be. Dare to feel it, and, like me, risk bleeding internally." - Kurt Danielson, Halloween 2007.

Title: TAD - Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears

Released: 2008
Genre: grunge
Country: USA
Language: english
Video: DVD-Rip, AVI, 640x432
Length: 90 min
Size: 700 MB (w/3 percent recovery)

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[Releted links]

(1988) TAD - Daisy (EP)
(1989) TAD - God's Balls
(1989) TAD - Loser-Cooking With Gas (7Inch Single)
(1990) TAD - Jinx (EP)
(1990) TAD - Salt Lick
(1990) TAD - Wood Goblins (7Inch Single)
(1991) TAD - 8-Way Santa
(1991) TAD - Jack Pepsi (EP)
(1992) TAD - Texas Chainsaw Assault
(1993) TAD - Inhaler
(1993) TAD - Salem (EP)
(1994) TAD - Live Alien Broadcast
(1995) TAD - Infrared Riding Hood

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