Synchronistically with our discussions of how Robbins' work seems to spark romance between the readers of it and the people they introduce to it, I received an email from a very aptly-named girl. She told me about a band with the same name as the subject line of this post. (amazing coincidence!)
She said, "I met someone this summer who changed my life, leading me on to discovering Tom Robbins in an epiphonic way. I read Villa Incognito (and am on to Jitterbug Perfume, as soon as my needy little hands can reach it)....and have noticed insane relations to my life and my spiritual connection with this person through Robbins' work. " Ah the spark!
She said, the band "draws extreme thinking and mindset influences from Robbins." and "They have a song called "Just Because You're Naked...[doesn't mean you're sexy]" in reference to the song written by Dickie on his guitar....on the last page of Villa Incognito."
An Article in the Denver Daily News tells more.
This time, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad turned to author Tom Robbins and his book, “Another Roadside Attraction,” for advice. In the book was a traveling circus, the Indo-Tibetan Circus, and traveling with the circus was a band, the Giant Panda Gypsy Blues Band.
“It was a description of the greatest band ever imagined,” said Searl about how Robbins portrayed the band. “I imagined being in that band.”
While Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad sure doesn’t have the luxury of traveling with the Indo-Tibetan Circus, they have found themselves a short school bus to tour the country in and a bunch of psychedelic fun along the way. Each stop in each city is a new experience and a new trip.