Over the course of the next 25 years, 10
studio albums, nine legitimate live releases, more than a dozen
video/DVD efforts and countless audience-taped concert recordings,
Widespread Panic has become one of America’s most beloved and supremely
talented Jam bands.
In the case of the effervescent seven-piece, The Duke
of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra, their inclusion of “bacon” as an
inspiration on their Facebook page — alongside the more conventional
choices of Motown, Funk, Ragtime, Jazz, Rock and “Popssical” — is
telling for multiple reasons.
Since roaring out of the collegiate confines of Big
Rapids, Mich., a mere
eight years ago, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has energized the national and
international Jam community with a diverse stylistic range and a
raucous and freewheeling approach to its live presentation.
In the ’30s, German
scientist Wilhelm Reich proposed the existence of orgone, a biophysical
life force that he postulated was at the root of sexual energy and later
conceived as a subliminal living essence connecting everything in the
universe.That explanation makes a perfect case for a quintet of talented Los
Angeles musicians to have christened their highly charged and deeply
grooved Funk outfit after Wilhelm’s fringe theory.