Photos – The Orb at Venue, Vancouver, Sept 25 2013
– photos by Kirk Chantraine
The Orb on a 25th anniversary North American tour, at Venue in Vancouver Wednesday night.
The Orb was founded in 1988 by Alex Paterson and KLF member Jimmy Cauty. Currently, The Orb is Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann, a member since 1995.
In 1988, The Orb released its first single, the 22-minute “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraverse”.
The British outfit peaked in the early 1990s with the albums The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld and U.F.Orb. The latter reached #1 on the British album charts in 1992 and featured what is probably The Orb’s best known track, “Little Fluffy Clouds” (based on a sample from a Rickie Lee Jones interview).
The rascals in The Orb also infamously used an early ’90s Top of the Pops performance to show off its chess-playing skills while the track “Blue Room” played in the background.
Wikipedia lists The Orb’s two most recent albums as the reggae-infused The Observer In The Star House, a 2012 collaboration with Lee “Scratch” Perry, and More Tales From the Orbservatory (2013).