Now it can be told! The story of toenut. Way back in the summer of 1991, Skipper Hartley was holed up in a laboratory in Italy, trying to make computers behave like humans. Back home in Atlanta, his own little Hal 9000 was starting to sputter to life. Earlier that year, Hartley and fellow guitarist (and toenut clotheshorse) Richie Edelson planted the seeds of the 'Nut in the moist confines of a rehearsal cubicle.