Friday Facts

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Hampton (J.Volkhausen)

With a famously obsessive fan base, trivia has become part and parcel of the Phish world.  Not only are the dates of shows and versions of songs fodder for conversation, but band history, song origins, stage gear and the like also provide endless reference points in Phish culture.  Often brought up in post-show debates or on-the-road symposiums, trivial Phish knowledge is a pseudo-badge of honor in the scene.  So in honor of the community’s obsession with facts about their favorite band, I present to you twenty things you probably didn’t know (or care about) about our fearless foursome.


1. Mike’s dad, Robert Gordon, founded the Store 24 convenience store chain located on the east coast.

38012. Trey’s morning radio show in college was called Ambient Alarm Clock.

3. “YEM” is the most often played Phish song with 473 total appearances.  The next closest is “Mike’s,” almost 100 behind, at 379.

4.  Marley, Trey’s loyal dog of legend, passed away on 10.8.00, the day after Phish’s last show at Shoreline.

5. Fishman wrote the lyrics to “Gumbo.”

hot_chocolate5166. Phish has played more shows in July than any other month- 175.

7. “Foam” was orginally called “Marijuana Hot Chocolate.”

8. The first pressing of Junta had a pink and white photo of a screaming man on the cover.

9. “Runaway Jim” has opened the most shows with 80.

10. “Funky Bitch” has been played in every year (that Phish played) since its debut in 1986.

11. Tom Marshall’s band, Amfibian, performed “Heavy Things” (before Phish) as a dark, biographical mini-rock opera.

love_goat12. Before joining Phish, Page played keyboards for “Love Goat,” an R & B band.

13.  The longest Phish jam is “Runaway Jim” from 11.29.97 at 58 minutes. (“Tweezer” from 6.14.95 comes in second.)

14. Trey decided not to play “Fluffhead” at IT, not Mike. (The famous “Mike says no.”)

15. “Rocky Top” is the most popular encore with 102 renditions.

16. “Forbin’s > Mockingbird,” “My Soul,” and “If I Could” have not been performed post-hiatus.

17. Phish played 43 shows at Nectar’s, but played 53 shows at The Front, a now defunct bar in Burlington,

phish-front-3-9-9018. Fish’s Senior Study at Goddard was called A Self-Teaching Guide to Drumming Written in Retrospect.

19. Phish has never performed in North or South Dakota. (The two states I’ve never been to. Hmmm.)

20. “Uncle Pen” is the band’s most played cover song (191.)

Thanks to The Mockingbird Foundation, ZZYZX Stats, and Relix for the help!




After receiving several setlists for the contest, we have a winner.  Nailing 11 out of 12 tracks in order, reader R1 is our Fall ’97 Mixup Champion!  Congrats, R1, your hard work paid off!  R1 will be choosing the “Downloads of the Day” for next week, and writing an accompanying paragraph for each. Second place goes to Eric R., who only missed two tracks.  Also, big ups to Mark L. who submitted his setlist on his lunch break on Monday and missed only three tracks!  Thanks to all who participated, I hope it was fun.

1. “YEM” 12.29 MSG >

2. “Tweezer” 12.12 Albany >

3. “Free” 11.30 Worcester >

4. “Gumbo” 12.3 Philly >

5. “Gumbo” 11.26 Hartford >

6. “Ghost” 12.28 Landover >

7. “Bowie” 12.3 Philly >

8. “Runaway Jim” 11.29 Worcester >

9. “Simple” 12.9 Penn State >

10. “Disease” 12.11 Rochester >

11. “Tweezer” 12.31 MSG >

12. “Tweezer” 11.17 Denver


The Bonnaroo Schedule is out!  Phish will be playing from 11pm-2am on Friday, and 8:30-midnight to close the festival on Sunday. Looks like it should be the heat!


Check out this great article about Trey lobbying for drug courts on Capitol Hill.  The guy is amazing.



11.22.95 USAir Arena, Landover, MD < LINK

11.22.95 USAir Arena, Landover, MD < TORRENT LINK

1995-11-22gnThis show is famous for the colossal 40-minute “Free” that emerged from an aborted “Rift” opener of the second set.  Known for its exploratory nature, this version is an all-time gem, and certainly remains the longest “Free” ever played. Often overlooked is the  show’s stellar first set with an “Antelope,” “Fluffhead” combo wedged in the middle.  Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

I: Cars Trucks Buses, Wilson, Run Like an Antelope, Fluffhead, Uncle Pen, Cavern, Fog That Surrounds, Lizards, Sample in a Jar, Sweet Adeline

II: Rift*, Free > Llama, Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself, Strange Design

E: Poor Heart, Frankenstein


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137 Responses to “Friday Facts”

  1. Jack O Roses Says:

    10-27-94 University Hall Charlottesville, VA

  2. msbjivein Says:

    Shit forgot! 1991 is the yr. Got excited!

  3. Al Says:

    Congrats R1!!
    Why not dig out gems, that didn’t get a chance to see a ray of light to sparkle in the community:

    Hidden gem #1: Pittsburgh 10/18/96.
    Set I: Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, The Old Home Place, Cars Trucks Buses, Stash, Strange Design, Divided Sky, Billy Breathes, Taste, Sample in a Jar
    Set II: Suzy Greenberg, Maze, You Enjoy Myself, Reba, Waste, Harry Hood
    Encore: Julius
    Show Notes: YEM included teases of Peter Frampton’s Do You Feel Like We Do. This Maze was fantastic and remains a fan favorite.

    Hidden gem #2: Knoxville 11/06/96
    Set I: Split Open and Melt, Cars Trucks Buses, Fast Enough for You, Taste, Train Song, Poor Heart, Punch You in the Eye, Billy Breathes, David Bowie
    Set II: Wilson, The Curtain > Mike’s Song -> Swept Away > Steep, Weekapaug Groove, Scent of a Mule, Sample in a Jar, Funky Bitch
    Encore: Rocky Top

    Hidden gem #3: Dallas 07/25/97
    Set I: Beauty of My Dreams, Wolfman’s Brother > Maze, Water in the Sky, Bathtub Gin -> Makisupa Policeman -> AC/DC Bag
    Set II: Chalk Dust Torture -> Taste -> Ya Mar -> Drum Jam -> Ghost -> Character Zero
    Encore: Theme From the Bottom
    Show Notes: The second set and encore featured Bob Gulotti on a second drum set. Chalk Dust was unfinished and segued nicely into Taste. The Drum Jam also featured Page on keys.

    Setlists and notes: Mockingbird foundation.

  4. Mitch Says:

    I’m just a bill.
    Yes, I’m only a bill.
    And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.
    Well, it’s a long, long journey
    To the capital city.
    It’s a long, long wait
    While I’m sitting in committee,
    But I know I’ll be a law someday
    At least I hope and pray that I will,
    But today I am still just a bill.

    I’m just a bill
    Yes I’m only a bill,
    And I got as far as Capitol Hill.
    Well, now I’m stuck in committee
    And I’ll sit here and wait
    While a few key Congressmen discuss and debate
    Whether they should let me be a law.
    How I hope and pray that they will,
    But today I am still just a bill.

  5. OlFactoryHugh Says:


    I saw David Byrne perform on Sunday at the Dark Was The Night show and he tore it up! You’re gonna love him at roo =)

  6. Los Says:

    Thanks for another great read Miner!

    I wanted to share this with y’all…

    My girl and I have been together for a lil over 6 months. She is a big music fan, all types but until she met me she has never heard of pHISH or thier music (i’m 32 and she is 23)…

    She was open to hearing them but was at first turned off by thier sound and lyrics…She was especially turned of by my obsession with them and did not understand why i needed to go to hampton or the nine summer shows I wil be going to.

    I made her a mix cd with some songs I thought she would like. Stuff like fast enough for you, sample, horse>silent, loving cup and the like. None of the songs I had on her mix cd were jammed out.

    Like I said she is a big music fan and she’s got this wicked stereo in her ride…Its just wicked! I love barrowing her ride just to hear pHISH out of her speakers. Needless to say, the last time I barrowed her car I put in the darien LP release just to hear the OKP>Suzy Jam. I left the Darien cds in her car about two weeks ago.

    Yesterday she says to me. I have been listening to pHISH. She says I really like them. I like it when they play the long songs. I think its calming and relaxing. They made me zone out.

    So Im stoked! I think she gets IT!

    Dunno who asked the other day about which live show to use as an introduction to pHISH and their music but my vote now would be the darien release (specifially the OKP>Suzy jam)…It worked for my girl…

    Have a good weekend y’all!


  7. msbjivein Says:

    @Los, You should feed her some of Miner’s “Laid back Funk of ’98” lots grooved out long jams on there.

  8. SOAM Says:

    I’m 32 and she’s 23-thats nice work right there-nice!-young naivete rules-the older they are -the smarter they are and who wants a smart chick.

    First show Great Woods or Mullin Center 93-whichever came first-I think Great woods

  9. msbjivein Says:

    ^^Mike’s bass will kick in her ride!

  10. SOAM Says:

    I’m hope he’s feeding her some laid back pipe

  11. SOAM Says:


    Twist around is about doggie style-heard it from fishman


  12. Jack O Roses Says:

    …robbing the cradle. 😉
    Nice work, sir.

  13. msbjivein Says:

    “I Keep getting older and the chicks just stay the same age.”

  14. msbjivein Says:

    If she wouldn’t “Twist” around why shout “Whoo”??? More like Boo.

  15. SOAM Says:

    maybe cause she’s got a big back yard-I don’t know

  16. Los Says:

    @ msbjivein

    Yeah Mike’s bass thumps!

    And she def likes to “twist!”

    5’7″ 116 lbs

  17. msbjivein Says:


  18. Mdawg Says:

    @ R1

    My Request – Big Cypress (The whole schebang!!)

  19. SOAM Says:

    Los is God

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    Big Cypress has been posted in RMSTR form in this site–

    R1- you may want to get the list of shows on site from someone….I think “dyda” has it…

  21. SOAM Says:

    Walfredo opener

  22. Eric R. Says:

    Dude, I missed it by 1 song….

    2nd place is just first loser…. I was gonna do this show since I went to Davidson College. Any chance of consolation prize?

    Wednesday, November 13, 1991
    Love Auditorium, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

    Set I: The Landlady > Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, Sparkle, Chalk Dust Torture, Esther, Cavern, Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, You Enjoy Myself

    Set II: David Bowie, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > The Famous Mockingbird, Golgi Apparatus, Bathtub Gin, The Squirming Coil, Llama, HYHU > Terrapin, Possum

    Encore: Horn, My Sweet One, Sweet Adeline

    Show Notes: If you’re a fan of stage banter, you’ll want to hear this show. Terrapin was announced as the “restrained version” and Fishman as the “Master of Restraint.” In response, Fish sang only one out of every few words to the song. Trey also clarified during the show that Colonel Forbin is not to be mistaken for Colonel (Bruce) Hampton. Bowie included Random Note, Oom Pa Pa, and Simpsons Signals in the intro.

  23. R1 Says:

    If anyone has a list of shows already available here, please hit me up

  24. Manny Phresh Says:

    You know what’s funny, you older guys like the younger girls. I’m 25 and dating a 37 year old yoga instructer. Keeping robbing the craddle, cause I’m all for the crazy Cougars.

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    R1- you’ve got mail….

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