This week 13 years ago, the members of Tripping Daisy were on the verge of giving birth to Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb, the greatest record of their career.
In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, Robert Wilonsky visited the TD boys in their sweaty East Dallas rehearsal space, and wrote about where the band had come from and where they were going. Up until that point, there was disappointment from the band and from their record label, Island Records. When the label signed Tripping Daisy five years and two albums prior to the release of Atom Bomb, everyone on all sides expected them to be an overnight success.
Except they weren't. That resulted in the label tampering with the band during studio sessions for I Am An Elastic Firecracker, leaving the band quite upset. However, the label left the band alone for the Atom Bomb sessions, and the results were, well, brilliant.
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