Good Intentions by Toad The Wet Sprockets

For me, The 90s were the golden years when it comes to good music. Musician still writing music with hearts, with true craftsmanship and was performed honestly. Unlike nowadays where music is instant, artificial and seems like produced by machines.

Toad The Wet Sprockets

Last night when I was driving home after I have an engine trouble, I played some of the best underrated band from the 90s: Toad The Wet Sprockets (TTWS.) They have been categorized as “College Rock,” a similar genre with The Gin Blossoms and R.E.M. (the latter two garnered more mainstream coverage.) Back then, there were no internet and we have to solely rely on the mainstream media for knowledge of good music, from radio play and (a new thingy back back then) music videos. Private TV channels were new. So I was lucky enough to know TTWS from Rati, my friend’s Wima‘s sister. I borrowed “Fear,” a 1991 great album from TTWS at the peak of their mainstream status.

TTWS consists of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. The were productive in the 90s but break up in 1998 but in the 2000’s reunited and play shows, not really making new music. Glen Phillips; the front-man of TTWS; also have a solo career. Recently they rerecorded their old hits in an album “All You Want” (2011,) that was the particular album I listened to that night.

TTWS makes “feel good” music, whereas if you listen to their music, you instantly feels good. They picked a daily theme very close to our lifes.

That night in that particular moment, this song “Good Intention” was played on my iPad. Actually it was a B-Side song (from the B-Side compilation “In Light Syrup”) and was included in the soundtrack to Friends (“Friends (Music from The TV Series)“; come to think of it, listening to TTWS makes us feel good as like watching an episode of Friends. A great song well fitted for a great show.) The song struck a nerve in me, catapulted me in that particular era in my collegehood, and connect it to my present

Check the band out, their music makes you feel good. For sampler, get “All You Want” or “P.S.” their 1999 retrospective collection.

To close this post, below is the music video for “Good Intentions.” Haven’t visited this music video for quite a while and Courtney Cox stars in it (a Friend’s tie-in.) Also below are the lyrics to “Good Intentions.” Enjoy.

Good Intentions (Toad The Wet Sprockets)

It’s hard to rely on my good intentions
When my head’s full of things that I can’t mention
Seems I usually get things right
But I can’t understand what I did last night

It’s hard to rely on my own good senses
When I miss so much that requires attention
Have to laugh at myself sometimes
And I can see that I’m not blind

There’s little relief
Give us reprieve
For all the things I’ve left behind
I’m positive that I’m not blind

I’m not afraid things won’t get better
But it feels like this has gone on forever
You have to cry with your own blue tears
Have to laugh with your own good cheer

It’s hard to rely on my good intentions
When my head’s full of things that I can’t mention
Seems I usually get things right
But I can’t understand what I did last night

There’s little relief
Give us reprieve
Imagining the world outside
I’m positive that I’m not blind

I can’t be hard on you
’cause you know I’ve been there too
Learned a lot of things from you

But life gives little relief
Give us reprieve
And when everyone is cold as ice
I clinch my fists and close my eyes
Imagining the world outside
But I can see that I’m not blind

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