Some Trippin' Diggers was initially formed in Sydney in the mid-1980s as collaborative project by Clay Djubal (q.v.) and Jo-ann Simmons (q.v.). Among the early contributors were their former Shoot the DJ (q.v.) partners Siegfried Mirza and Ian Mitchell, along with Sydney-based musicians/writers Matt Hirst, Des Smith, David Morris and Ross Stagg. Additional contributions were made by Lyn Stagg (words) and Heather Grigg (photography).
After the various members drifted away during the late 1980s Djubal resurrected the project in the early 1990s while undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Queensland. One of the group's first productions was The Last Word (q.v.), a music theatre collaboration between Djubal, local playwright Cameron Davies, writer/director Marcel Dorney (q.v.) and a group of student actors. The musical was later produced at the Cement Box Theatre in 1998 by Pandemonium Theatre and Aquarius/Gemini Productions (as the collective was briefly known). During this period Djubal was also associated with both the English Students Society (UQ) and AARK TV, a University of Queensland project supporting local filmmakers and creative artists. ARKK produced a series of multi-media events and eventually broadcast a series of programs called Spark for Briz 31 (a community television station) in 1996 (ctd. UQ News 20 Nov. 1996, q.v.). Established with support from Optus, the ARKK project was conceived and managed by undergraduate student (and executive producer) Amy Lee.
During the remainder of the 1990s Djubal completed an MA and began a doctoral thesis in drama (completed in 2005). He continued to write and record music in collaboration with other musicians, notably Marcel Dorney, Cassandra Prucha, and Katoomba (NSW)-based songwriter/musician Doiran James. He also worked with Brisbane composer Simon Chan (q.v.) on a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's Dear Brutus (2000), and in 2006 began work on the libretto for a musical adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer (under the working title All That Glitters). A double CD collection of songs from this period (The Larrikin Demofestos) was released by Have Gravity Will Threaten in 2008.