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Type II Episode 8: Smothered and Covered


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Sometimes the best song in a set is a song that Phish didn’t even write. This week Eric, Sam and Steve dusted off the archives for another 1.0/2.0/3.0 retrospective look at how other musicians have impacted and shaped the sound of Phish. From their beginnings as a bar band in the late 80′s through the most recent tour we investigate not only the songs they choose, but the impact varying genres and styles have on their overall sound.

Full Clip List

  1. Eyes of The World (Grateful Dead) – 5/3/1985
  2. Take The A-Train (Jazz Standard/Ellington) – 3/14/1992
  3. Uncle Penn (Bill Monroe) – 3/22/1993
  4. Trenchtown Rock (Bob Marley) – 8/11/1998
  5. Sabotage (Beastie Boys) – 8/8/1998
  6. Rock and Roll (Velvet Underground) – 1/4/2003
  7. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel) – 6/26/2010
  8. I Am The Walrus (The Beatles) – 6/29/2010


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5 thoughts on “Type II Episode 8: Smothered and Covered

  1. Great discussion and clips! I especially like the way you organized the show by genre. Eric, that Rock & Roll clip inspired me to listen to more 2.0.

    • It’s still a slippery slope.

      As I alluded to on twitter the other night, the Rock and Roll was obviously great and the Mike’s that follows is quite good. But somewhere at the end of the Mike’s jam, Trey and Fish are completely out of step and it sounds quite terrible. After a couple slow numbers they start DWD and Trey can’t even keep up with the lyrics. They finish the show with Friday which was met with overwhelming disdain as a three-show closer. I think there’s something to that song choice though, a future show…maybe we’ll discuss it.


  2. I think you’re totally off base on the Sabotage cover–that just killed at Lemonwheel. People went berserk, and it was placed just right, very late in the show (start of set three) after a long day when folks start to feel a bit fried. To have Fish sing would have ruined it, turned it into something silly when it’s a rocker. Also, there was a Doniac Shvice comment where Mike said they played with instruments that were tuned down an octave (not a muscian, not sure if that’s the right phrasing) because that’s the way it was recorded by the tBB, which is to say they took the performance seriously.

    There’s also a category of cover that includes Phish cover staples–Ya Mar, Funky Bitch, Loving Cup, Day in the Life–tunes that are Phished a bit (or more) but hold to a structure and have never gone out of rotation.

    On the Rock and Roll comments, definitely my favorite totally Phishified cover–gives me chills ever time–but you have to include Crosseyed and Painless and Drowned in the same breath. All three have been launching pads from the very start, and aside from personal preference all serve the same function at a show. Since they’re all pulled from Halloween gigs, I had initially assumed that Torn an Frayed would join the league, but it never really made it into rotation; one, maybe two performances. And really keeping Shine a Light was probably better in the end–a perfect encore (citing 12/4/09 MSG here).

    Enjoying the cast. Keep it up

    • I welcome the dissenting opinion and feel compelled to point out that you ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!!! ;)

      Well, maybe not totally..it’s sounds terrible 10+ years later though. Phish has always done a tremendous job of bringing eclectic choices into their repertoire. These choices expose new genres, styles and emotions. There’s no doubt in my mind that the energy the crowd felt was unreal and that will add a tremendous amount.

      Good personal example would be the botched cover of Tears of a Clown from 8/11/04 at Great Woods. Being there added something not experienced on tape.

      But hey, we gotta criticize something right?

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