Fear (Toad the Wet Sprocket album)

Fear (commonly stylized as fear) is the third studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket, their second album for Columbia Records, released on August 27, 1991. fear was the first commercially successful album for the band, selling over a million copies and was certified platinum three years after release, on September 1, 1994.[2] The album reached #49 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums in September 1992,[3] and two of the singles charted in the United States. "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" peaked at #15 and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[4]

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 1991
RecordedJanuary 2–27, 1991
StudioGranny's House in Reno, Nevada
ProducerGavin MacKillop
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
Five Live
Singles from fear
  1. "Is It For Me"
    Released: 1992
  2. "All I Want"
    Released: April 7, 1992
  3. "Hold Her Down"
    Released: 1992
  4. "Walk on the Ocean"
    Released: October 15, 1992
  5. "I Will Not Take These Things for Granted"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]


Toad the Wet Sprocket's first album, Bread & Circus, was financed and recorded by the band in eight days for $650 in 1989.[5][6][7] The band sold copies of the album on cassette, eventually signing with Columbia Records after recording their second album, Pale. Despite an offer from Columbia to restart the sessions for Pale, the band decided to continue to record the album by themselves at a cost of $6,000, and re-release it with Columbia.[7]


The songs for the album were recorded at Granny's House, Reno, Nevada.[8][9] fear was produced, recorded and mixed by Gavin MacKillop,[9] a role he would reprise for the band's next two releases, 1994's Dulcinea and 1997's Coil.

Columbia financed the mixing of fourteen songs for the album, with twelve to be released. The two songs left off the album, "Good Intentions" and "All in All", were both released on the 1995 rarities collection In Light Syrup, along with several other tracks recorded during the fear sessions. The band members were in disagreement over "All in All" and "All I Want", and eventually "All I Want" was chosen to complete the record.[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Toad. However, the liner notes give first and second credits to various members track by track. These differences are noted.

1."Walk on the Ocean"Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols3:00
2."Is It for Me?"Phillips, Nichols3:24
3."Butterflies"Phillips, Nichols4:26
4."Nightingale Song"Phillips2:03
5."Hold Her Down"Phillips, Nichols3:07
6."Pray Your Gods"Phillips5:03
7."Before You Were Born"Phillips3:44
8."Something to Say"Phillips4:02
9."In My Ear"Phillips, Nichols3:10
10."All I Want"Phillips3:17
11."Stories I Tell"Phillips, Nichols5:35
12."I Will Not Take These Things for Granted"Phillips5:46




  • Produced by Gavin MacKillop
  • Engineered by Don Evans, Gavin MacKillop & Bjorn Thorsrud
  • Mixed by Gavin MacKillop


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1992 Heatseekers 1[citation needed]
Billboard 200 49[citation needed]

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "All I Want" Adult Contemporary 14[citation needed]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 22[citation needed]
Modern Rock Tracks 22[citation needed]
Billboard Hot 100 15[citation needed]
Top 40 Mainstream 4[citation needed]
1993 "Walk on the Ocean" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27[citation needed]
Billboard Hot 100 18[citation needed]
Top 40 Mainstream 10[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Toad the Wet Sprocket – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Toad the Wet Sprocket – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "TOAD the WET SPROCKET". www.frightanic.com. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Interview: Toad the Wet Sprocket Conquer Their "Fear"". owl and bear. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "MidwesTIX – Toad the Wet Sprocket". prod1.agileticketing.net. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Kyle, Joseph (June 1, 2015). "I Will Not Take These Things For Granted: The Making of Toad The Wet Sprocket's Fear". The Recoup.
  9. ^ a b "Toad The Wet Sprocket – Fear". Discogs. Retrieved July 26, 2016.