Uncle Wiggly: A landscaper's band

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So, I saw that someone mentioned them in the "I paid 22 dollars for a bootleg" thread and wondered what happened to these fellers. My roomie in college was good friends with them (I think they were all from Fordham or something) and I ended up getting "There Was An Elk" and a copy of his vinyl which had "March of the Lawnmowers". I liked the new "lawnmower" stuff and it was amusing, as they were landscapers. They played my college and I was impressed that they were so silly acting.

Anyway, I have my doubts that they're still around. What's the latest?

Nude Spock, Thursday, 27 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

new answer board.

Nude Spock, Thursday, 27 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Douglas Wolk, who writes for Spin, apparently either a) knows all about them, b) knows them, or c) both. I think it's "c".

But they're still sorta together, I think. They're bicoastal now, as I think Wm. is working at Amoeba records in SF, and the other two are on the east coast...(again, last I remember or checked.) They released several records after the "jump back baby" album on Teenbeat 5 years ago, but unfortunately went unnoticed -- one of which was an instrumental record.

I still cherish "Across the room and into your lap" and "There Was An elk" though... Many say "Slanted and Enchanted" took the indie record crown in '92, but there were so many more that deserved it.. like "There was an Elk", Bailter Space's "Robot world", Kitchen's "Death of Cool"... No idea why I'm so passionate about 1992 right now, but there it is.

Brian MacDonald, Thursday, 27 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Fanks. They were kind of a cute, strange-voiced band. There's not many of those these days. Well, people might say "Flaming Lips" but Uncle Wiggly sounded nothing like that... or much else. There really wasn't much commercial appeal to their stuff, but it sure is a mess of different, disorienting sounds and emotion. I'm thinking of "Nostalgia" right now and it's making me nostaligic. Guess, I'll put it in right after the New Pornographers finishes.

Nude SPock, Saturday, 29 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

I'm not sure where to put this, so this thread seems like a decent bet. Thanks to the robots of Spotify, just learned that the Uncle Wiggly-related Fly Ashtray had a new album as recently as 2012, and it turns out to be pretty good. Someday I (or someone) should put together a poll of NYC also-ran bands....

dlp9001, Monday, 12 January 2015 14:53 (five years ago) link


That's awesome! Guess I'll have to check it out. Love Uncle Wiggly a bit more than Fly Ashtray but they aren't really different in the end.

Evan, Monday, 12 January 2015 15:44 (five years ago) link

pHoaming Edison have continued to release stuff as well, which I really need to hear.

Wandering Boy Poet, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:59 (five years ago) link

Really? I wouldn't have guessed that either.

Evan, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:17 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Saw a few minutes the Friends episode with Jon Lovitz as a stoned restaurateur last nite.
Anyone ever seen him and Wm. Berger in the same room together?

Deflatormouse, Monday, 6 April 2020 01:28 (four months ago) link

So this thread isn’t about Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band? https://open.spotify.com/album/6L11w9CFt0LJgkliAItWsL?si=C-Rg2mFxSjKp1IpPDs6HJA

The little engine that choogled (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 6 April 2020 02:04 (four months ago) link

farfetchedness is a masterpiece, an utter masterpiece that deserves a Loveless-size rep

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 6 April 2020 02:50 (four months ago) link

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