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Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The band’s current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), plus touring members Leland Sklar (bass) and Shannon Forrest (drums). Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues, and jazz.

David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band. David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball were recruited before their first album release. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band’s eponymous debut released in 1978.

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The band has released a total of 17 albums, and have sold over 40 million albums to date. The group was honored with several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

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“99” is a song by the American rock band Toto. The song appeared on the Hydra album in 1979. When released as a single, it reached number 26 on the Billboard charts. The song was written as a tribute to George Lucas’ film THX 1138 and the music video resembles a scene in the movie. In the video, as in the movie scene where the main character (named “THX-1138”) is imprisoned, the room is completely white and everyone is wearing a white jumpsuit. Toto Legend, the former official International Toto Fan Club newsletter, reviewed the video:

’99’ was predominantly a performance video, though the set design was rather conceptual. Following David Paich’s intention regarding the lyrics, about a sterile society in which names are forgotten and love forbidden, the set was sterile white, with various sized sculptured 99’s hanging and standing about, and the band was clad in futuristic white jumpsuits. There were some notable shots in this one — keyboard close-ups and an artistic view of Jeff through a transparent drum head, a technique that several popular videos have copied since.

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