Tripping Daisy came to a sudden end in 1999 when guitarist Wes Berggren died of a drug overdose. Before that, the band had experienced some commercial success, thanks in part to the music video for “I Got a Girl” getting airtime on MTV. To me, however, Tripping Daisy will always be the band from whose ashes rose the Polyphonic Spree, one of my very favorite bands. Thanks to the influence of frontman Tim DeLaughter, the two bands have a similar sound, even if the Spree’s is more fully fleshed out with its legion of instrumentation. Consequently, if you followed Tripping Daisy back in the day, there’s a good chance you’ll like the Spree and if, like me, you first came to the Spree, you’ll probably find a lot to like in the Tripping Daisy catalog.
About the Movies – Tripping Daisy