Thursday, December 22, 2011

Prick Tunes: Toto "Hold the Line"

Once one moves past the fact that singer Bobby Kimball doubles as a living and breathing cautionary tale of cocaine use in this video, it becomes pretty clear that Toto could fucking bring it. Blessed with the presence of the insanely talented Porcaro brothers*, Toto were a force to be reckoned with in the early 80s with their influence even being felt on the top-selling album of all-time Thriller, which saw many members of the band acting as studio musicians and Steve Porcaro getting a co-writing credit for "Human Nature."

*Jeff Porcaro was the preeminent American studio session drummer from the mid-1970s up until his death in 1992. He was the drummer on the albums Thriller, Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan), The End of the Innocence, Like a Prayer, and Beauty on a Back Street (Hall and Oates) to name but a few. Steve Porcaro is actually still having his work heard as he scores the badass Timothy Olyphant star-vehicle Justified. Mike Porcaro joined the band in 1982 and served as its bassist up until 2007, when he left the band stemming from hand numbness that was later revealed to be symptoms of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

What really matters here, though, is this song off of their self-titled debut album. "Hold the Line" everybody.

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