Tuesday Tunes: Crazy Life

One of the bands that was on the edge of my awareness when I was a teenager was Toad the Wet Sprocket. I had a few albums on cassette and MiniDisc, and most of those got lost in one of the house moves over the last ten years.

My favourite was their fifth, Coil, which had a lot going for it. I don’t even have a copy of it any more. That’s a real shame, as I remember loving it. (I think my yearbook quote on leaving school was taken from a track on it, too. It was very earnest.)

“Crazy Life” is a nice slice of cheerful guitar, and its opening riff has ended up being one of my flat-picking warmups. It’s very satisfying in its simplicity, and I’ve been known to play it over and over again, letting my fingers do their thing while my brain does something else. There’s something about the rhythm and the simple melody that emerges that I find very relaxing.

I think the song also featured on the soundtrack to Empire Records. I really should find a copy of that film, too.

“Crazy Life” [YouTube]

“Crazy Life” [Spotify]