Every once in a while I’ll stick my head out of the MTV Newsroom cyber-window just to see what else is going on in the universe. The culture seems obsessed with people who have freakish numbers of children (like that wacky Octomom), and apparently Michelle Duggar — an Arkansas woman who already has 18 kids and who starred with her massive family on the reality show “18 Kids and Counting” — is due for another. That is entirely too many children no matter how you look at it. That’s not a family, that’s just psychotic.
Unless, of course, the Duggars’ plan is to wait until all the kids get older and then band together as a unit to form a massive cult-like band like the Polyphonic Spree. Formed in Dallas in 2000 by former Tripping Daisy frontman Tim DeLaughter, the Spree consists of as many as 24 members when at full strength. They use their numbers to construct huge, sweeping psychedelic pop songs full of choral mixing and joyous jamming. So MTV encourages the Duggars to get some matching robes, experiment with some hallucinogens and start banging out blissful tunes like “Light and Day,” which was made famous in a Volkswagen commercial back in 2004.
And if you dig the Polyphonic Spree, check out DeLaughter’s former band. Tripping Daisy put out two albums — 1995’s I Am an Elastic Firecracker and 1998’s Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb — that are among the best collections of the mid-’90s post-grunge era.