The Toadies are in town tonight, reunited and on the verge of releasing a new album called No Deliverance. (Preview here.) Over the last few weeks, the amount of unabashed love and affection for the band has, frankly, astounded me. I only knew the Dallasites from the stab-my-ears-out single "Possum Kingdom," (and to a lesser extent, "Away" and "I Come From the Water") from the 1990s, and had no idea its fan base was still so rabid and loyal.
I've been asking around, though, in an attempt to try to understand what has spawned this undying Toadies love. Jeff over at Dividing By Zero, a Dallas native, is one of the biggest proponents of the band in St. Louis. In fact, he so kindly scribbled this flowchart tracing the band's place in Texas (and elsewhere) lore -- which you can view at full size by clicking anywhere on it. Impressive. If you have any other reasons why you love the Toadies -- and why they're just so good -- say so in the comments.