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Toad The Wet Sprocket in 2013.

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One of the e-mail traded tapes.

Toad The Wet Sprocket were one of the many staples of college rock radio throughout the 90s. They hit their commercial stride in 1992 with the release of their third album Fear which produced two wildly successful hits, "Walk on the Ocean" and "All I Want". The band broke up in 1997 and had a minor career comeback in 2013.

The band was also notable for having one of the earliest and most supportive internet fanbases as far as music communities go, an underground fanclub that operated via email traded tapes of rare unreleased music by the band. While the band never directly endorsed this, it is believed that they assisted in leaking some of these songs. This early practice of leaking music as a form of promotion proved to be quite influential as bands in the 2000s and 2010s know it's one of the best ways to market music. The band even tried to capitalize on this with 2 compilation albums released in the 90s titled In Light Syrup and a rare VHS release titled Seven Songs Seldom Seen.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of these bootlegs, and the frail nature of recordable cassette tapes, it is feared that some of these songs have become lost. The band were quite prolific in their output, often spitting out dozens of live songs that were never studio recorded and vice versa. Providing a list can be quite exhausting, as new songs from fans emerge all the time on YouTube and various filesharing sites.

Also of note is a 2002 solo album by lead singer Glenn Phillips. As a Christmas present for fans, Phillips finally got a hold of the master tapes and released the album for free on his Band Camp account in 2010. This also proves that Phillips is enthusiastic on sharing unreleased music. Unfortunately, this also proves that he may not even have the master tapes to many of the unreleased songs. What also doesn't help is the nature of many fans who hold onto rare tapes, refusing to leak them. To this day, their unreleased music is heavily sought after.

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