Tad: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears: DVD

Nov 19, 2008

Of all the Seattle bands to emerge in the late eighties, Tad were by far the most sonically heavy of the crowd. No other band could deliver the way they did. Many attest to that in this documentary. With a tax return in 1986, Tad bought a guitar, booked time at Reciprocal Studios with Jack Endino, and playing all the instruments himself, recorded what would become his first record on Sub Pop. Tad, the band, existed during a pivotal time in music, and this documentary portrays that well, from how Seattle was, to what it became. From how bands just made music with no intent for commercial success—much less any idea of how to turn it into a day job—to eventually doing just that. There are also the stories behind each of the records, the controversies over cover art, and getting screwed by the major at the end.

From the inside out, just about everything you would ever want to know about Tad is covered here: interview footage from present day mixed with live footage, a TV commercial (?!) for the first record, and commentary from friends and fellow musicians. You definitely get a feel of the times and how unique it all was. Starts off feeling fresh and new, putting out records, touring Europe in the late eighties with Nirvana, building a large following and developing an image, attracting the interest of larger labels, to eventually feeling run through and burnt out over the legal hassles and inner band turmoil.  It's been some time since Tad were around, but the music still holds up well, and has influenced a few bands since then. But still, none were/are as heavy as Tad. There's only one. A bonus feature on this disc are five music videos. –M.Avrg (MVD Visual, PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456, www.mvdvisual.com)