Tad

Live Alien Broadcasts

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Like the vast majority of Seattle bands signed by major labels during the music industry's mad rush to mine the city's every last nugget of grunge gold, local scene veterans Tad were one-and-done with Warner Bros. following the relative commercial failure of 1993's Inhaler album. No one was shocked; the members of Tad never were, and, to their credit, they never tried to be Top 40 material. Instead, being grounded, blue-collar work-ethic types, vocalist/guitarist Tad Doyle, guitarist Gary Thorstensen, bassist Kurt Danielson, and drummer Josh Sinder seemed to just take it all in stride, dusted themselves off, and looked ahead. However, first they had to fulfill an old contractual obligation with the independent Futurist label, so a session was booked at Heart's Bad Animals studio where the band knocked out a selection of old and unreleased tunes -- live. The results became 1994's Live Alien Broadcasts: now a frequently forgotten footnote in the band's career boasting roughed-up versions of four Inhaler cuts, two from 8-Way Santa, and four mostly forgettable, previously unreleased outtakes that did little to enhance the album's collectible status -- even after it went out of print just a few years later. Nevertheless, Tad moved on and managed to produce a final, proper studio album in 1995's Infrared Riding Hood, before bowing out for good.

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