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On to my point: "Possum Kingdom" is not about vampires, despite what goth fanboys want to believe. (...)
"The kids have been coming up and telling us that the song fits with all this Vampire stuff, but we didn't even get that. We actually have gotten these vampire-looking people at the shows. I think that we were oblivious to vampire references. Actually, it's just a ghost story. "Possum Kingdom" is a lake by our houses in Texas. You know, in Texas you hang out with your family and tell these ghost stories that are kinda, almost true. People believe those folk tales, and that was one of them. Or, it was based on one and we just took it somewhere else."
I think by "ghost story" she's referring to one of those "this guy raped and killed a bunch of girls here" stories told around a campfire.
Anyway, buy this album. I've had to buy three, since I keep lending it out and not getting it back....
And as for the song "Tyler," that is basically a song about being a rapist. There's nothing you can really say about that. It details sneaking into a girl's house and raping her and then it ends.
So let's review: Possum Lake = No Rape. Tyler = Lots of Rape.
I got this album in '95, despite all the radio play of about half the album... it's that good, & still is. It's under 40 minutes of fun rocking sounds that has you gripping on to your steering wheel, tapping your foot hard kinda feel. It rocks hard with catchy riffs & mixed-meter rhythms, but at the same time has a lyrical quality so lacking in many hard rock bands out right now... & I miss that!! "I Burn" is the last & only slow track & it's awesome... acoustic intro with dissonant chords, yummy. But for some reason, you may have problems playing it on your computer (I can't). I've also never been able to play it in juke boxes, so there may be a glitch for just the last track... which is a shame, cuz it's one of the best tracks here. So whether your new to the 90's rock scene, or just looking for stuff you over looked somehow, this is a MUST-have.
If I had to put it in a category I guess I would have to go with "Alternative," but this album is one of those rare albums that transends genres. Most people don't know about the Toadies, and even if they do it's because of the excellent single "Possum Kingdom," which still gets airtime on alt-rock stations even to this day. But this album is full of great songs. "Backslider" and "I Come From The Water" are up-beat rockers and "I Burn" gives the album balance with its accoustic beauty. The vocals on this album are absolutely perfect. Listen to this album straight through and you'll be blown away. This one album alone is enough to elvate them into the same category with bands like Nirvana and The Pixies.
The real treat on this album though is the song "Tyler." For any real Toadies fan, this song is where it is at. This song is a unique sort of ballad with a long,slow and beautiful intor followed by an incredible climax that leaves me breathless every time I hear it. Seeing them play "Tyler" at Deep Ellum Live this December was one of the greatest thrills of my life.
If you are a fan of 90's alt-rock, or just good music in general, do yourself a favor and pick this album up. I don't what else I can say other than to beg you to give this incredible album a try. PLEASE!
Most recent customer reviews
This is simply one of the best rock records to come out of the '90s. The sound is huge and bone crushing; Todd Lewis's vocals are spot on (great pitch for a rock vocalist); the... Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by orso
It's about something scarier....a serial killer/rapist. It was based off a local urban legend, which in turn was based on a real serial killer that roamed the area in the early... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by plessthanpointohfive
The song Possum Kingdom is about Vampires. This has been brought up in interviews with the band. It is about vapire stories that were told at Possum Kingdom lake... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
I have scanned over the reviews, and it seems that not one mentions the fact that this band enjoys discussing rape as a subtle theme in their songs. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Daniel P Miller
how i discovered this band is a fluke really. i guy i recently started working with let me borrow his 'cd book'. it had i think 96 cd's w/ no inserts or covers. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003
I saw the Toadies back in 1995 here in San Antonio when i was 13 years old. They impressed me then, and 8 years later they still impress me. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Jimmy Morgan
I don't know why the Toadies got stuck with a bubblegrunge label like Seven Mary Three and, I don't really know who else. Silverchair? Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003
...but, The Toadie's Rubberneck (1994) is what kept my belief that rock wasn't dead in the 90s. Every song will practically slay the listener. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Amazon Customer