|Origin||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Labels||Dragon Street Records, Island Records, Sugar Fix|
|Associated acts||The Polyphonic Spree, Secret Machines, School of Seven Bells, Smash Mouth Preteen Zenith|
|Past members||Tim DeLaughter
Tripping Daisy was a neo psychedelic pop rock band that was formed in Dallas, Texas, USA by lead singer/guitarist Tim DeLaughter in 1990 along with Jeff Bouck (drums), Wes Berggren (guitar) and Mark Pirro (bass).
The band incorporated a light show similar to the The Joshua Light Show at the Fillmore East, such as hand made slide shows with multi layered 16 mm projections along with oil and water. This visual attention was present in the very first show and was the beginning of many multi media attractions to come.
In 1992 Bryan Wakeland replaced Jeff Bouck as the band's drummer, remaining in the band until after the tour for I Am an Elastic Firecracker when he was replaced by Mitch Marine. Phil Karnats joined the band soon after Wakeland's departure. Marine toured with the band until he was replaced by Ben Curtis, who drummed on Jesus Hit Like the Atom Bomb and Tripping Daisy.
After playing local gigs, the band released their first single, "Lost and Found", which received moderate airplay on local radio station KDGE. The band soon began recording what would become their first full length album, Bill, released on the independent label Dragon Street Records. The album was a favorite on Dallas radio. The sound on Bill is characterized by the heavy use of vocal effects and unconventional riffs, both of which lend to a neo-psychedelic sound.
The band's third album, Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was a mix of both creativity and experimentalism. DeLaughter has been quoted as saying that the album "is the band at their best". The album has a fragmented style: from one vignette to another.
Death of Wes Berggren and split
Wes Berggren was found dead of a drug overdose in his apartment on October 27, 1999. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office found traces of cocaine, propoxyphene, and benzodiazepine in his body. With Berggren's death, the band cancelled its upcoming tour dates and finished some minor recording sessions for the final album. The self-titled album was released posthumously, with Berggren's father Don playing a Fender Rhodes electric piano on the unfinished song "Soothing Jubilee". The album included a re-recording of "One Through Four", a song originally featured on Bill.
After the band disbanded, Tim DeLaughter, Mark Pirro, Bryan Wakeland and Jeff Bouck formed the chamber pop group The Polyphonic Spree. Ben Curtis went on to join brother Brandon Curtis in the progressive space rock trio called The Secret Machines and later, the dream pop trio School of Seven Bells. Curtis died on December 29, 2013 from complications of lymphoma.
Tripping Daisy officially disbanded on December 14, 1999.
- Tim DeLaughter - Lead vocals/guitars/dulcimer/Califone/keyboards (1990–1999)
- Wes Berggren - Lead guitars/Mellotron/Ace Tone/cello/keyboards (1990–1999)
- Mark Pirro - Bass guitars/percussion (1990–1999)
- Jeff Bouck - Drums (1990-1992)
- Bryan Wakeland - Drums (1992–1995)
- Mitch Marine - Drums (1995–1997)
- Ben Curtis - Drums (1997–1999)
- Philip Karnats - Guitars/trumpet/banjo (1997–1999)
- Substitute musicians
- Robert Hubbard - Drums (1997–1999)
- Bill (1992)
- I Am an Elastic Firecracker (1995)
- Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb (1998)
- Tripping Daisy (2000)
- Hook Music: Vol 1 - Fanclub only cassette
- Get It On - Live (1994)
- Time Capsule (1997)
- The Tops Off Our Head (1999)
- "Tripping, Falling". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2008-12-20.