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Rank this week: 36 (↑95)
Duration: 2:13 
Release Date: 1980  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Eric Idle (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: N/A (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Eric Idle (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Arista AL 9536 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Kay-Gee-Bee Music Ltd. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI 
Keywords: 'ROCK' CULTURE, BAND NAMES, DIVORCE, DRUGS, FISH, MANAGERS, TOAD THE WET SPROCKET 
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  • Two bands drew their name from "Toad the Wet Sprocket", an imaginary group featured in "Rock Notes". The name had originally been featured in a parody of The Old Grey Whistle Test on Rutland Weekend Television in 1975. The first Toad the Wet Sprocket was a British heavy metal band of the '70s which released a few singles and appeared on the 1980 compilation album 'Metal for Muthas'. The second was a longer-lived American alternative band of the late 1980s and early 1990s. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. Flamboyant Ambidextrous Rex apparently fell off the back of a motorcycle. "Fell off the back of a motorcyclist, most likely," quipped ace drummer Jumbo McLooney upon hearing of the accident. Plans are already afoot for a major tour of Iceland.

    Divorced after only eight minutes, popular television singing star Charisma, changed her mind on the way out of the registry office when she realized she'd married one of the Donkeys by mistake. The evening before in LA's glittering nightspot "The Abbotoir", she had proposed to drummer Reg Abbot of Blind Drunk after a whirlwind romance and a knee-trembler. But when the hangover lifted, it was Keith Sly of the Donkeys who was on her arm in the registry office. Keith, who was too ill to notice, remained unsteady during the short ceremony and when asked to exchange vows, began to recite names and addresses of people who also used the stuff. Charisma spotted the error as Keith was being carried into the wedding ambulance and became emotionally upset. However, the mistake was soon cleared up and she stayed long enough to consummate their divorce.

    Dead Monkeys are to split up again according to their manager, Lefty Goldblatt. They've been in the business now ten years, nine as other groups. Originally the Dead Salmon, they became for a while, Trout. Then Fried Trout, then Poached Trout In A White Wine Sauce and finally, Herring. Splitting up for nearly a month, they re-formed as Red Herring, which became Dead Herring for a while and then Dead Loss, which reflected the current state of the group. Splitting up again to get their heads together, they reformed a fortnight later as Heads Together, a tight little name which lasted them through a difficult period when their drummer was suspected of suffering from death. It turned out to be only a rumor and they became Dead Together, then Dead Gear, which lead to Dead Donkeys, Lead Donkeys and the inevitable split up. After nearly ten days, they reformed again as Sole Meunier, then Dead Sole, Rock Cod, Turbot, Haddock, White Baith, the Places, Fish, Bream, Mackerel, Salmon, Poached Salmon, Poached Salmon In A White Wine Sauce, Salmon Meunier and Helen Shapiro. This last name, their favorite, had to be dropped following an injunction and they split up again. When they reformed after a record breaking two days, they ditched the fishy references and became Dead Monkeys, a name which they stuck with for the rest of their careers. Now, a fortnight later, they've finally split up.

    (telephone ringing) Oh oh..
    Hello.
    "Hello"
    Yes?
    "What do you think of Dead Duck?"
    What do I think of Dead Duck?
    "or Lobster?"
    Or Lobster?...
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
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    Current Rating 9.5 (2 votes)
    Played on 1 show:
    07-04-93, #93-27
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