Formed in Bowling Green, OH, and eventually moving to Champaign, IL, Proof of Utah (no connection to the state) mixed eclectic, new wave-ish rock songs with avant-garde sonic weirdness, found sounds and dialogue, and bizarre, often giddily nonsensical lyrics. The band's core consists of founders Louie Simon (vocals, tape manipulations, percussion) and Mike "Bosco" Brosco (vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer, tape manipulations), plus three regular sidemen (beginning with their second album, 1986's It Doesn't Matter Much) and assorted extra musicians.

Proof of Utah debuted on the Smiley Turtle label in 1985 with A Dog, a Dodo and a Fool. During their peak period of 1988-1990, Proof of Utah released one album a year (Happy to Be Here, Out of Order, Free and Female, respectively), with their output split between Smiley Turtle and the German No Man's Land imprint. After they were unable to find a label for their sixth album (circa 1990-1991), the duo kept recording during the '90s despite a lack of major-label interest. Their material has yet to be reissued on CD. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide