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Uncle Wiggly


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New York City (1988 – 1998)

Uncle Wiggly was a band formed in New York City circa 1988 by WFMU radio personality Wm. Berger with two members of the New York band Fly Ashtray, James Kavoussi and Michael Anzalone.

Wm. Berger and James Kavoussi alternated as guitarist and drummer while Anzalone remained on bass. All three members sang and composed.

Their sound was a complex filter of their favorite music, including early Pink Floyd, the movement and early Sst Records artists like The Meat Puppets and The Minutemen.

Their first release was on the Nur Scheiss record label (Austria) and was titled He Went There So Why Don’t We Go? They were later signed to Shimmy Disc and released Across the Room and into Your Lap in 1991, with Shimmy guru Mark kRaMeR creating the final mix from the band’s master tapes.

During their tour of Europe in 1991, an equipment driver coined the bizarre phrase “There Was an Elk!”. This became the title of their self-produced third album, released on Shimmy Disc in 1992.

1994 saw the release of some rare live and unreleased tracks on cassette label D.U. Records called I Got Your Uncle Wiggly Right Here featuring tracks from 1988-93.

In 1995 came the vinyl-only 12” e.p. non-stuff on UK-based Hemiola Records. Many consider this to be their finest work, deftly combining their art-rock influences with some killer pop tunes; this record has never been issued on CD.


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  • midwestfaggot

    so awesomeeeee

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bigbobo1

    Shame they weren't bigger. I guess they were a little too late to the game. Jump Back Baby is a FANTASTIC album.

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • biancahahne

    the uncle wiggly name is because the salinger estorie?

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • nooneastern

    ahhhh ... memories of Wiggly days

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • nalfsen

    Cool band...they had one of the better tracks on the Rutles tribute album too!

    13 Dec 2009 Reply

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