There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
You gotta give the Toadies credit for sheer stick-to-itiveness. After Fort Worth’s entry in the ’90s alt-rock sweepstakes scored a hit with 1994’s “Possum Kingdom,” the Toadies have since been relegated to the musical purgatory of an iTunes mix called “90s One Hit Wonders” (the “Deep Cuts” section, no less). The band had to overcome several disadvantages. First, there was the inherent uncoolness of their hometown. Next, there was the fact that their one breakout hit was essentially a swelling, growly murder ballad in which the lead singer climaxed with the scary chorus, “Do you wanna die?” Lastly, it didn’t help matters that, by 1994, the Toadies were pretty much johnny-come-latelies to the grunge party. After an eight-year hiatus, the band released No Deliverance last year. At the very least, you know that after flogging the new material, the band isn’t going to be too proud to play their one big hit.
THE TOADIES PERFORM FRIDAY AT 9 P.M. WITH THE WILLOWZ AND THE BACKYARD TIRE FIRE AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490.