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News 8/29/09 Our song Anyway from our album "Distant Garden" was nominated for Best College Rock song by the Just Plain Folks 2009 music awards. There were 42K albums with 560K songs submitted for award consideration, and in our category, there were 23 other nominees. Just getting nominated with all the hundreds of thousands of songs submitted is a huge honor and is really mind blowing. On August 29th 2009, the award show was held at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn. The top six of the 24 nominees were announced from the stage. Our song Anyway placed 3rd, with Michael Logen taking the top spot for the song Mystery. Congratulations to Michael!

News 8/7/2008 KFOK in the Georgetown/Sacramento, California area has picked up some of our songs and they are featured specifically during the new artists show by Trapper. His show runs from 3-5pm eastern time every Thursday. You can listen via the web at

News 3/15/2008
Clear Channel has added our song "Anyway" to their music website. Clear Channel owns over 1,000 radio stations across the US, and any Clear Channel radio station program director can choose to play the music that is on the Clear Channel music website. Songs that get a lot of play on the Clear Channel music website have a better chance at getting played on traditional radio.

So help us out! Please go to our
Clear Channel song page and listen to "Anyway" as often as you can, and also tell your friends.

For those that have downloaded our songs, you can download the CD artwork from the link above (zip file) to print your own CD liner and insert. It's at 150 dpi. If you want 300dpi, use our contact link and send us your email address and we'll get it to you.

Thank you all so much! :D
- Sarah & The Misfit Toys

News 7/7/2006 In the Friday, July 7, 2006 issue of The Gainesville Sun, our album, "Distant Garden" made Dave Schlenker's Top 5 Weekly Must List. He said, "Teen singer Sarah Hoffman powers this Gainesville band through a well-produced, solid set of mostly originals. But, the best download is a rockin' chick cover of Cheap Trick's Surrender."
Mr. Schlenker is an entertainment writer for the Sun and his list appeared on the front page of the Weekend section. We thank everyone for his or her support.

News 6/6/2006
Our Debut CD, Distant Garden, is released.



The Misfit Toys is a Gainesville, Florida band, with decades of combined musicianship. Our songs are mostly original in a modern pop/rock style, with a touch of other genres heard in many of the songs. Listen to our music, and you'll hear what we mean.

Photo - Sarah - Lead VocalistSarah Hoffman, Lead Vocalist
Sarah has a powerful, uninhibited rock-vocal delivery, and yet she knows just when a hibit is needed. Can you believe that? Performing for more than 10 years, Sarah has appeared on national television, performed in front of 30,000 people at festivals, loves music, her friends, and tarantula spiders.

Photo - Bruce - DrumsBruce Barkwill, Drums
Nobody really knows where this guy has been, or what he's done, but he intends to leave a legacy. He hangs out a lot with Pat Lanips. Bruce's drumming style is best described by Marilyn Manson in a 1992 Miami interview in "New Times" during their "Spooky Kids" touring days. "Bruce drums like four spitting cobras in a straight jacket. You never know where or when the next strike is coming." Yeah, that's what was said. Spitting cobra. Just hold that in your mind a few minutes.

Photo - Chet - Guitars, BG VocalsChet Honeycutt, Guitars/BG vocals
Chet hails from North Carolina and is a graduate of the Berkley School of Music. He's been with the band since the start and plays the guitar like it's part of his anatomy. Chet considers surfing at the beach to be mankind's second best reward for a week of hard labor. If you want to know what the best reward is, you'll have to ask him. We won't mention it here.

Photo - Clayton Bush - Guitars, BG VocalsClayton Bush, Guitars/BG vocals
Clayton eats, breathes and sleeps music, which is why he's so skinny. Yet, he still finds time for his education and social life. Being a musician, he has a lot of time for that. With years of guitar experience, great attention to detail, and an ear for the sound of modern music, he doesn't lose track of its historical roots. This is our attempt to make Clayton seem much older than he really is. Regardless, he still exemplifies where great musicians come from and kicks ass on guitar. So there.

Richard Bassil (not pictured), Bass/BG vocals
We don't have a picture of Richard because he doesn't appear in film or mirrors, and avoids bright lights. He's seeing a doctor about that. We can tell you though he went to high school with Bob Seger and has played with some of the best musicians and song writers in the world, so yeah, he's been around the block and is our "senior" member. We call him cooty man. You figure it out from there.

Pat Lanips (not pictured)
He is everywhere we are. We don't have a picture of him either because he's always somewhere else looking for knobs that go to eleven. :)

Other musicians that have performed with us:
Rick McCauley, Daniel Grey, Rey Cortes, Pink Suit, Mi J