There are band names based on songs, quotes, street names... but an unaired Monty Python sketch!?!
Toad The Wet Sprocket, come on down.
...but instead of becoming an all-out eccentric, DEVO-type group, this Santa Barbara, CA band goes the way of milquetoast radio-friendly pop. The guys just thought the name was 'hilarious'. But because it comes from such a Python deep cut, how could they not be a little more weird/out there?!? Easy - because they didn't have it in them.
Yes, they hit the Top 20 with the songs shown above and below, and had the bottom (see how I'm not even mentioning the names? That's how miffed-yet-underwhelmed by the unused potential of the band name) song featured on the soundtrack for the Friends TV show, but disappeared but the end of the 90's along with the other 'meh' MOR bands of the time, like Tonic, Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows (whom they have toured with at one time or another - sarcastic 'YAY!').
They broke up in 1998 and got back in the late 2000's, releasing an album, EP and touring regularly, but does anyone care?
I'm sorry - as a Python fan, I can't get over the fact that an idea of theirs was so badly misused. At least the band could have had Cleese, Idle and/or Palin in a video or song! Or perhaps the Pythons boys turned that down once they heard Toad's music - at least I hope as much.
The only good thing that's come out of this is that I've finally decided on the name of the Wet Sprocket cover band that I'll be starting up: The Batley Townswomens' Guild.
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