They may never have made as big a splash commercially as some of the other "grunge" (a genre they pioneered) acts out of the Great North West, but Tad
(named after band leader & ex-butcher Tad Doyle
), who formed in 1988, sure made their mark in other lasting ways.
They were banned by MTV
, sued by Pepsi
, dropped by their label and got into heavy drinking and drugging, not to mention heavy situations, it seemed, wherever they went-- including landing in legal trouble over the found picture of a couple that they utilized (without permission) as an album cover.
Now finally there is a film about the long-defunct band Tad
. Titled Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears
and made by Ryan Short
and Adam Pease
for King of Hearts Productions, it's planned for release on DVD on February 19th. Check out the clip above and visit the film makers' MySpace
for more info on this documentary which looks like it will be pretty damn good.
Exactly twenty years ago, in early '88, Tad was formed by singer/guitarist Tad Doyle
and bassist Kurt Danielson
who recruited both Gary Thorstensen
as guitarist and Steve Wied
(formerly of Skin Yard
) as their drummer. That was the original lineup and the band signed to the then new label Sub Pop,
who released their debut album God's Balls
in early 1989. The album track "Wood Goblins
" was released as a single and video but was reportedly banned by MTV over content (scroll down to see the video).