Turn on the radio anytime, anywhere in the world, and sooner or later you will hear 'Africa'.
Along with just a handful of songs by other artists, Toto's worldwide hit is one of the most ubiquitous musical works of our time, written by a group of musicians who grew up together in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.
Together they helped define the sound of the late 70s and 80s, appearing on numerous hit records by Michael Jackson, Boz Scaggs and Steely Dan. But it was together, as Toto, that they found their true form, fashioning a fine blend of funk, hard rock, pop and progressive rock. 'Hold the Line', 'Rosanna' and 'Pamela' are just a few of their other iconic hits.
However, from the early days, Toto were a target for the music press, who disdained their slick chops and polished sound - all at odds with the post-punk and new wave aesthetics prevalent at the time.
Yet Toto have always persevered, driven by their love for the music, and their fans' love for them.
Lately, Toto has been riding a renewed wave of popularity - fuelled by hard touring - not to mention a belated restitution from the rock media. This book discusses each of their albums in detail, track by track, from their smash-hit debut to 2015's magnificent Toto XIV.