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Classic Album Review: TOFOG | Bastard Life or Clarity

Russell Crose and his bar-band cronies deliver 30-odd minutes of mediocrity.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


TOFOG stands for Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, which is perhaps the worst band name since Toad the Wet Sprocket. No matter; the only name that really counts in this deal is Russell Crowe. Yep, that Russell Crowe.

The Oscar winner is TOFOG’s singer, lyricist and — let’s be honest — the only reason this bland roots-rock sextet has a record deal. But I doubt it will be enough to vault this vanity project into the Top 10. While Crowe can carry a tune passably well in his rumbling, smoky baritone, his delivery displays about as much personality as he did at the Oscars. And the rest of the, er, Grunts are just your basic bar band churning out dark, earnest pop a la Midnight Oil and INXS. Bastard Life or Clarity? I prefer TOMOMThirty Odd Minutes of Mediocrity.