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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tripping Daisy- Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb

While musicians Tim DeLaughter, Mark Pirro, and Bryan Wakeland maybe best known today for their contributions to the symphonic rock group, The Polyphonic Spree; arguably their best work was created with a prior band named Tripping Daisy. I was introduced to Tripping Daisy through a person from LastFM, whose name I cannot recall now but if you are reading this; thank you, for enriching my music library.

Tripping Daisy was an alternative rock band formed in 1991 in Dallas, TX. I cannot understand for the life of me how this band went virtually unnoticed (much like The Toadies also from the Dallas area) in a time where post-grunge bands like Bush seemed to flourish. They possessed all of the qualities that could have made them a huge success in the late 90s; concise, psychedelic, grunge-pop songs with lyrics reminiscent of The Beatles. Tripping Daisy disbanded in 1998, shortly after the death of lead guitarist, Wes Berggren, but not before they released what is widely-considered their masterpiece amongst their fans, Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb.

Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb is a 15 track, 57 minute slice of psychedelic pop-rock heaven. This is one of those albums that must be listened to from start to finish, as the transitions from track to track are flawless. Stand out tracks include, "Waited A Light Year," a masterful and the longest track on the album (6 minutes) that teeters on the brink of shoegaze yet maintains its pop form and remains quite polished. "Geeareohdoubleyou," "Human Contact" and their two-in-one cover of Brianiac's "Indian Poker, Pt. 2" and "Indian Poker, Pt. 3" are the other highlights of the album.

Whether you are a fan of psychedelic pop rock, a fan of bands like The Flaming Lips, or a curious The Polyphonic Spree fan; check out this underrated pop rock gem.

Year of Release: 1998
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Alternative-Pop Rock, Post-Grunge
Label: Island

Track List

1. Field Day Jitters
2. Waited a Light Year
3. Sonic Bloom
4. Bandaids for Hire
5. Mechanical Breakdown
6. Your Socks Have No Name
7. Geeareohdoubleyou
8. New Plains Medicine
9. Our Drive to the Sun / Can a Man Mark It?
10. Human Contact
11. Pillar
12. 8 Ladies
13. About the Movies
14. Tiny Men
15. Indian Poker Pt. 2 & 3

Download: Tripping Daisy- Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb
Download Size: 93.72 MB


KingSizeMong said...

Even though I kind of liked their album "Bill" and LOVED "I Am an Elastic Firecracker" I never got around to buying this one.

Pretty damned good. I still prefer "..Firecracker" but this is good.

In fact I'll have to dig out "...Firecracker" and post it I guess!

Ally said...

"Firecracker" is a great album. Perhaps, I should have posted that one since it contained their one semi-hit, "I Got a Girl." I don't own "Bill" but if you would post it, that would be awesome. :D

KingSizeMong said...

Found and ripped Bill for you...


Matt said...

OK, I've downloaded this now. I'll give it a listen over the next day or two and then come back to offer my opinions.
Note: I realized, after send the MySpace note, that I was saying "Tripping Daisies," though I knew in my brain it was only a single daisy that was being tripped! Meh... stupid ol' brain.

Ally said...

@king size mong..Thanks a bunch! The Bill link part 1 worked. The Part 2 gives me an error. :(

@matt...I hope you enjoy it. :)

KingSizeMong said...

what error? Downloading? Uncompressing?

Both links still work for me.