Five Songs That Got Shut Out

Hampton (J.Volckhausen)

Hampton (J.Volckhausen)

After playing 84 songs over six never-ending sets at Hampton’s last month, Phish still managed to leave a few classic pieces untouched.  With only three shows, there was no doubt that some songs would have to be left off the guest list, with their finger in the air.  But when sets turned into mini-shows, and the evenings stretched to four hours, it seemed that no stone would be left unturned.  As the band tore into most of their classic old-school repertoire, it seemed that we would hear all of the significant snippets from Phish history.  Yet upon further review, we missed a couple.  And given the vibe of the weekend, it is hard to believe that these, somehow, missed the cut.

1. “The Lizards”

The gateway to Gamehendge, “Lizards” is a hallmark of early Phish composition.  One of the most-loved non-improvisational pieces in the band’s catalog, “Lizards” embodies the Phishy spirit and was, similarly, the gateway to the world of Phish for many a fan.  Its absence within the three-show weekend wasn’t noticeable at the time, yet unfathomable in retrospect.  Trey’s composed “If I Were a Dog” solo in the second half of “Lizards” is one of the most sacred moments of Phish music, and one we will be sure to hear this summer.

2. “Cavern”

Hampton (J.Volckhausen)

Hampton (J.Volckhausen)

One of the most popular set closers in the band’s history, “Cavern” could have also slid anywhere within those two-hour first sets.  “Cavern” was one of the feel-good arrivals of a Phish show, and often the song that punctuated that special set.  Its funky rhythms always gave you one last song to rage before the encore.  Choosing many less prominent songs over this night-time mission, Phish left “Cavern” to close a set this summer- coming soon to an amphitheatre near you.

3. “The Mango Song”

In a weekend in which Phish showcased their compositional chops on their most unique pieces, “Mango” was curiously absent.  Debuted in ’89, this happy genre-defying song was played consistently through the years if not often.  Its relative rarity built it into a crowd favorite, and it would seem to have fit the bill for Hampton just right.  Carrying a distinctly summertime vibe, perhaps they decided to save it for the warmer months, just like last Friday’s Phish Thoughts’ feature song, “Ya Mar.”

4. “Ya Mar”

Hampton (J.Bryce)

Hampton (J.Bryce)

A song that dates back to Phish’s days of college, this adopted cover was a staple of summer Phish.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see it appear early in the first show at Jones Beach, welcoming the community back to the summer circuit.  Its calypso rhythms and island vibe would fit nicely along the water at Wantaugh, NY for the first summer show since ’04.

5. “Llama”

In any three-day exploration of old-school Phish, one would expect to hear this short and fiery Gamehendge reference.  Embodying the tightness and precision that band has vowed to reconnect with, “Llama” would have been musically congruent with the weekend’s goal.  You would imagine that this one won’t stay in hiding for long, and when it does return, expect it to jump of the stage with a renewed gusto.

Sure, they could never have fit them all into three shows, but after brainstorming which songs were left off the list, these were the non-selections that stood out the most.  All fixtures the Phish’s early catalog, each holds a distinct and special place in the band’s history.  Applying only trivial significance into these omissions, it is interesting to think back at all those hours of Phish and realize that we never heard these five.

ADDENDUM: “Golgi” and “Fee”

feeAfter waking up this morning and reading through the comments, I realized somehow left out “Fee” and “Golgi”- two of the songs that should most definitely be on this list before “Mango” and “Yamar.”  These omissions are directly related to the lack of sleep I got all weekend and the tired state in which I wrote this post.  These classics of the Phish catalog were two of the more surprising omissions given their history and popularity amongst all levels of fans. (How could they not play “Golgi” after that ticket fiasco!?)

Other significant older pieces that were left outside of Hampton looking in were: “The Sloth,” “McGrupp,” “Lifeboy,” “Mound,” and “Julius.”



12.31.91 Worcester Memorial Auditorium, MA SBD < LINK

12.31.91 Worcester Memorial Auditorium, MA SBD < TORRENT LINK

Phish Poster 5/91

Phish Poster 5/91

Sticking with the old-school theme of the day, here is a SBD copy of the 1991 New Year’s Eve show.  This would be the final New Year’s without some sort of additional spectacle.  Just lots of crisp, old-school jamming.  This one contains many a Phish classic.

I: Possum, Foam, Sparkle, Stash, Lizards, Guelah Papyrus, The Divided Sky, Esther > Llama, Golgi Apparatus

II: Brother, Bouncing Around the Room > Buried Alive > Auld Lang Syne, Runaway Jim, The Landlady, Reba, Cavern, My Sweet One, Run Like an Antelope

III: Wilson > The Squirming Coil, Tweezer > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove**

E: Lawn Boy, Rocky Top, Tweezer Reprise

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278 Responses to “Five Songs That Got Shut Out”

  1. c0wfunk Says:

    wow seats on the field – wild – I would have thought it’d be open.

  2. Jay Says:

    I would say 40,000. Same size as the Toyota Park Stadium show I would think.

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    shit is gonna be off the hook….

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    dw/d->take me to the ball game funk jam -> put me in coach

  5. Chalkdustin Says:

    Had anyone heard any rumors of an extra JB show before today? Miner? This comes as a surprise to me. Maybe more summer surprises to come….

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    Try not to get stuck under the mezzanine, sound will be shitty from under there.

  7. Doc Says:

    Toyota Park seats 28K, I think. So this will be bigger.

  8. Chalkdustin Says:

    Haha cOwfunk. Awesome!

  9. Mdawg Says:

    Rock n Roll part 2 (a la hampton 98)

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Mail order for this should be less hectic!?

  11. Mitch Says:

    I just wondered cause they wont want missing areas on their nice green field from people smoking / dancing holes in the ground. This will be a tough ticket but I’m in for sure!

  12. msbjivein Says:

    I’m very interested to see how this goes. If they can pull it off w/ great sound I guess I’ll be seeing them in the future @ some stadiums. Can’t make this one but I will be at Mansfield a week later. Looking forward to talking to folks about the experience. Good luck to all that enter the LOTTO!!!! May you all get front row!!

  13. Mitch Says:

    I think them adding the JB on the 2nd and not 3rd will give us a better turnout at the beer garden. haha

    For those of you who don’t know, I’m trying to setup a gathering at the Astoria Beer Garden just outside Manhattan, in Queens. Really close to the train and great place to drink beer outdoors. June 3rd… be there.

  14. nonoyolker Says:

    HOLY SHIT, BACKYARD SHOW IN THE BEAN!!! LOVE IT! The organ tweeprise was sweet…

  15. Billy Breathes Says:

    wierd they still have that June 3rd date open? what’s the dealio…

  16. Clay Says:

    That open JB date is weird…Maybe its a way to try and help some peopel who got boned by LN on the original on sale date.

    I doubt they will fill that date!

  17. Clay Says:

    Also, be weary of where you sit for fenway shows. went to DMB a few years back with my gf…was terrible the first night in the stands….!!!! second night was on the field much much better! however…there is seating on the field in the outfield then no more seating until homeplate!

  18. msbjivein Says:

    I agree that’s fucked up. They have to be adding another show at the JONES. I’ve never heard of a day off in between shows that are at the same venue. HMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    The 3rd is a day of rest. if they add another I believe it will be the 1st not the 3rd. Look at the tour you got to have a day off here and there. They seem to keep adding dates, I would expect more. Why not?

  20. guyforget Says:

    might be able to sneak a night in at MSG on 6/3??

  21. easo91 Says:

    Actually under the mezzanine isn’t that bad.

  22. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Of course they announce on opening day.

  23. msbjivein Says:

    Maybe they want more of the locals to make it. This may keep “some” out of towner’s away at least for the the 1st night. At least peeps w/ jobs probably aren’t going to fly to NY for the 1st night. Then again it is PHISH. Once your hooked “Nothing else matters”!

  24. SOAM Says:

    complaining about the sound is kinda weak-fucking fenway-hot damn-love the local gigs-Rocket Clemens will be throwing out the first syringe!

    Whooo. Tweezer>Twist opener

  25. mr. icclus Says:

    seats on the field WTF we need to start a petition to get rid of the seats those picture from the police show look sic cant wait to see what Kuroda congers up

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