The Mythos of Toadies' Rubberneck







After a long inner-office sing-along of Toadies' "Possum Kingdom" and the subsequent viewing of Beavis and Butthead's "cultural critique" of its music video, we were brought back to a simpler time when our job was focused around making sure that all the bookshelves of the Borders in Eastchester, NY were perfectly alphabetized. We had an older co-worker who was excited to work with a high school kid that cared about the rock albums buried underneath the contemporary favorites and celebrated our thirst to seek out what was "under the radar". Afternoons when we shared information desk shifts, he would unload stories about Death Cab before they were Death Cab (and, even then, it was Life Before The O.C. and they weren't really DEATH CAB). One slower Saturday, when we had brought a copy of Toadies' Rubberneck behind the cash register to buy with our discount at the end of the day, Older Co-Worker decided to tell us a terrifying tale of 90s rock 'n roll mythology from his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. See, Older Co-Worker was friends with Toadies lead singer, Todd Lewis, and was a little too familiar with the truth behind his/the wailing refrain of, "Do you wanna die?" on the band's biggest hit. Apprehensive, we asked, "There isn't any truth to 'Tyler', is there?" and Older Co-Worker fact-checked the lyrics for us: yes, he did sneak into his girlfriend's house; yes, he did get drunk while she wasn't home. Holyshitthatstorystillcreepsusoutsobaaaaad.

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The Mythos of Toadies' Rubberneck