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The Toadies’ Deliciously Malicious ‘Rubberneck’ Turns 20

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The Toadies (Vaden Todd Lewis, right) will attempt to slake their rabid fans’ thirst for 1994 by playing that year’s Rubberneck straight through

Where did Rubberneck’s prevalent themes of sin and redemption come from?

I was brought up Southern Baptist, so those things are just a part of my vocabulary. I was just learning to write songs and these were the words that came out.

How about some of the darker things on the album? Like, say, home invasion, sexual assault, intimations of violence in general—where did those things come from?

All that specific dark stuff is implied, of course. [The lyrics] are culled just from things I’d heard from friends, family, the papers—I was also reading a lot of pulp horror fiction and true crime stuff at the time, so that probably worked its way in. I went for years without explaining these songs because when people came up to me they had invented their own stories and it was like, ‘Damn that would have been a good idea if I’d thought that.’ Really, I like to write lyrics in a kind of veiled way, so people can come up with their own attendant stories.

Well, you know, people read all manner of wild shit into those songs. Do people’s interpretations of Rubberneck ever bug you?

No, it’s just kick-ass that people think about it that much.

What can we expect for the Rubberneck 20th anniversary show?

My plan was to go out and play the entirety of Rubberneck and then leave the stage. Then we’d look out and see if there was anyone left. But no one was leaving! So now, the plan is to play Rubberneck all the way through, with no interruptions, then I’ll say a few words and we’ll launch in to the new stuff. It’s been great to have fans responding to the new stuff as well.

See you at Josabi’s folks. And don’t forget to also be on the lookout for Rubberneck Red, the new Rubberneck commemorative beer brought to you by Fort Worth’s Martin House Brewing Company.

The Toadies

6:30pm Thur, May 8
17200 State Hwy 16
(210) 372-9100

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