TAD (1988–99). Tad Doyle (vocals/guitar), Gary Thorstensen (guitar), Kurt Danielson (bass), Steve Weid (drums, replaced by Rey Washam, Josh Sinder, Mike Mongrain).
Tad were one of the best to what were called the “grunge” bands from the Pacific northwest and were best known for the raw aggressive guitar sound and for butcher Tad Doyle, whose girth rivaled that of Leslie West of the band Mountain. Although Tad were lumped in with the grunge explosion, they were essentially a skuzzy metal band in style and form. Like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, they did not clearly fit into the commercial parameters of metal prevalent at the time. Tad’s music was a little more adventurous and the Sub Pop records are well worth listening to. Tad was signed in the major label feeding frenzy after grunge broke, and after putting out a mediocre record for Atlantic, which quickly dropped the band, they floundered until breaking up in 1999. Tad was also the focus of a lawsuit when the woman on the cover of their 8 Way Santa record sued after she had become a born-again Christian and was ashamed of the half-naked picture used on the cover.
Discography: God’s Balls (Sub Pop, 1989); Salt Lick/God’s Balls (Sub Pop, 1990); 8 Way Santa (Sub Pop, 1991); Inhaler (Warner Brothers, 1993); Live Alien Broadcasts (Futurist, 1995); Infrared Riding Hood (East West, 1995).