you need to realize that tad was the real thing. intelligent, sensitive and a real honest motherfucker. for instance, kurt danielson - the bassist - had a degree in philosophy and was the guy who coined the "loser" term ("the loser is the existential hero of the 90's" was his quote). they were the ultimate losers (that was their promo t-shirt that sold millions).
at their peak, they were the most frightening primal thing i've ever witnessed. and i've never seen a guy that size move like that. and when he stage-dived it was the stuff of nightmare! INCOMING!!!!
a lot of the critics think there were only two real 'grunge' bands - mudhoney (but only at the beginning around 'touch me, i'm sick') and tad. everybody else fit into other categories (hard rock, metal, punk, pop, etc.) 'awesome' really didn't go far enough to describe them. i'm glad i saw it.
everybody thought tad was going to be the next big name in seattle (after soundgarden and mudhoney and nirvana). then the 8-way santa fiasco hit (it may be the only record in history to be legally forced to pull it from distribution TWICE!). after that, the bad blood between sub pop and tad stalled their recording career for years. killed them, really.
I remember Tad's Salt Lick EP as being one ass-hauling, drug-fueled hyperfest. I still love Blood Circus' 45..."My daddy was a workin' man, he used to load on the central line!" "Woah baby it's a 2-way street yeah-yeah!"
pavitt (sub pop) met tad doyle where they worked together at muzak. they listened to pablum all day and made selections for elevator muzak tapes.
that's one of the great secrets of the 'seattle scene'. a lot of those folks met at muzak corporate headquarters making ear dross for a living. that expression on tad's face in this poster is genuine.