TAD
Inhaler


4.5
superb

Review

by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
January 11th, 2012 | 58 replies | 5,897 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best grunge album you've never heard.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

I am as qualified as anyone to sardonically whine about how Tad got screwed over hard in the 90’s because there was a long period of time where I ate, slept, sh*t, stole, and metaphorically f*cked grunge music. I bought Pearl Jam’s “Ten” 4 times because it kept getting ripped off, almost killed myself riding my bike to the store to cop “Nevermind” after the first time I heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio, ripped off “Facelift” from my buddy’s older brother, still think Sebastian Bach’s review of “Superunknown” in RIP magazine (yes even RIP was grunge back then) is one of the best reviews ever, had about 11 flannel shirts, and told anyone who would listen that Screaming Tree’s “Sweet Oblivion” was the most underrated album of the decade. And yet I didn’t have a clue who Tad was. In an era where anyone with a flannel, an out-of-tune guitar, horrendous halitosis from imbibing too much coffee and feasting on self-loathing while brandishing a soul-destroying case of manic depression could go platinum, it’s simply astounding that one of the genre’s first acts and arguably one of its best couldn’t sniff success.

To this day I can’t really tell you about Tad’s discography. What I can tell you is that “Inhaler” is a Goddamn beast of an album that in a fair world would’ve went triple platinum and at least made Tad Doyle as famous as the dudes in Screaming Trees and Mudhoney, or been the subject of moronic snarky commentary on Beavis and Butthead. Produced by J Mascis (you can actually tell, it has a bit of a Dinosaur Jr. vibe underneath the crushing onslaught of grunge saturated riffage), “Inhaler” is a cornerstone of the era. The album is about riffs first and foremost, and it’s probably the most metal grunge album this side of “Facelift.” What makes their anonymity even more perplexing however is the fact “Inhaler” is loaded with melodic refrains and ferociously catchy choruses. “Throat Locust” should be mentioned in the same breath as the “Man in the Boxes” and “Outshined’s” and “Come as You Are’s” of the world; in short, it should be known as a grunge classic. Opener “Grease Box” isn’t far behind, although the publicity piece it got for running during the closing credits of a sh*tty Ed Furlong movie doesn’t really add up to a hill of beans these days. From the monstrous “Lycanthrope” to the simmering “Leafy Incline,” “Inhaler” brings it hard, cementing its status as the greatest grunge record you’ve never heard of.

In the end what actually really killed Tad was the colossally moronic idealism that has been decaying and destroying America for the last 20 years: political correctness. Their record company dropped them while they were touring for “Inhaler” because a promo poster came out with a picture of Slick Willie Clinton taking a toke and saying “it’s heavy sh*t, man.” Doesn’t really seem like a good reason to me, and it’s only one more reason to hate the ugly-intern-banging Arkansas inbred. Regardless of the fact that Tad Doyle should be really pissed off for missing out on the gold rush, we should preserve the memory of Tad through what they would have wanted. Riffs and fists.



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BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not my best work but needed a review hard.

MO
January 11th 2012



18518 Comments


holy shit I haven't listened to this in ages, gon' read later

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

accompliceofmydeath
January 11th 2012



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, this is so awesome.

Digging: Devo - Freedom of Choice

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah man, it goes hard

Jethro42
January 11th 2012



12391 Comments


I havent found nothing too special off what I've heard from these guys. I'll try to give it another go, to see. Pos'd.

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Jethro m/

MO
January 11th 2012



18518 Comments


good shit man, pos'd

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/ guys

Jethro42
January 11th 2012



12391 Comments


The art of progging is not given to every bands.

Romulus
January 11th 2012



8423 Comments


quality work hans. album's awesome and yeah really needed a review

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Rom, rate it hard

porch
January 11th 2012



8453 Comments


8 way santa was their best

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2012



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

8 Way Santa is just as good as this, even if it's a totally different album. I should've reviewed it first given I'm so high on this band and everything Tad Doyle does. It's a decent review though.

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

TheNotrap
January 11th 2012



8042 Comments


Nice review Hans.

Not my brand of music but I will check this out one of these days.

Digging: Accept - Blind Rage

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

looks like I need to jam 8 way Santa.

Notrap you might like this its kinda metal

TheNotrap
January 11th 2012



8042 Comments


m/

So I need to check it asap.

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first two tracks go hard

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2012



7361 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You also need to check out "Busted Circuit and Ringing Ears". It's a bad-ass documentary about TAD and the Seattle scene.

Plus, Hog Molly. It's another Tad Doyle's band who released one, but totally awesome album in 2001. As a matter of fact, his new project Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is also worth checking out. Awesome doom metal!

BigHans
January 11th 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cool stuff Greg



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