Category: Tad

Tad – 8 Way Santa

ARTIST: Tad                                   220px-Tad_8_Way_Santa_Alternate

TITLE: 8-Way Santa

YEAR RELEASED: 1991

CHART ACTION: Hell, no.

SINGLES: Jinx, Jack Pepsi

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, sadly.

LINEUP: Tad Doyle, Kurt Danielson, Gary Thorstensen, Steve Wied

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Tad and Butch Vig unleash holy hell.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Thick, fat riffs. Vocals that will (for the most part) scare your grandmother. Surprisingly complex musicianship underneath the clatter. This may be the grungiest album in all of the Seattle scene. 220px-Tad_8_Way_Santa

Surprisingly, there are a couple of tracks where Tad Doyle actually sings instead of yowls. But that’s neither here nor there. Most every song has a huge riff that carries through the song, and surprisingly hooks enough for you to have the tracks embedded in your brain.

The album kind of winds down into a couple of the quieter tracks., but still with a great guitar tone and melody. Butch Vig does great work letting Tad be Tad. Essential grunge here.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: It was a good thing Sub Pop had the points from the Nirvana album, since Tad was involved in two suits. First, the original cover (of the long-haired guy cupping his ol’ lady’s breast) was a photo the band found at a yard sale, and the couple didn’t appreciate it.

Then, the fantastic track “Jack Pepsi” was a single, but the cover parodied the famous Pepsi logo. Pepsi did the ol’ cease and desist.jackpepsi

Oh, and the title is a reference to a type of LSD blotter.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Demos, b-sides, and outtakes. They all are just as heavy.

GRADE: A+:  This may be another ‘homer’ call, but it encapsulates grunge before it all went strictly commercial.

Tad – God’s Balls

ARTIST: Tad                                    220px-tad_gods_balls

TITLE:  God’s Balls

YEAR RELEASED: 1989

CHART ACTION: Are you kidding? No, really.

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Well, I’VE heard them, of course. Real hipster grungy people, too!

LINEUP: Tad Doyle, Gary Thorstensen, Kurt Danielson, Steve Wied

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:  A large man leading a heavy band. They were the grungiest.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Tad roared out of the Pacific Northwest with this opus, a couple years before Seattle was known for anything but coffee, airplanes, computers and smack.

Defiantly uncommercial, vulgar, macabre, and just weird, Tad was also very heavy. Detuned guitars making a holy racket, with a bass and drum there to pound away as well. However, if you can cut through the clatter, there’s a method to the madness. The feedback adds to the sonic layers, and there’s some interesting tunings and changes going on.

The song’s subjects are best illustrated in the titles of some of the cuts: “Behemoth”, “Pork Chop”, “Cyanide Bath”, “Boiler Room”, “Satan’s Chainsaw”,“Nipple Belt”. Tad yowls them like a demented wolverine, which is apt.

This record gets repetitive after a while, but for a blast of pure loud grunge, one or two cuts will do.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Tad himself had a music degree from the University of Idaho.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Just now, Sub Pop released their three albums for the label with bonus tracks and it sounds gloriously loud.

GRADE: B-: I don’t think this is the record for non-fans, and it gets a little repetitive, but for the converted it’s righteous!