Friday Facts

Hampton (J.Volkhausen)

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


Source: Unknown


137 Responses to “Friday Facts”

  1. Pence Says:

    @manny without a doubt, more experienced, and less crazy most of the time.

  2. Jay Says:

    Congrats R1! As for requests I am into summer 2003 so any of the summer 2003 that are not listed at would be cool.

  3. Al Says:

    None of my “hidden gems” (see page 2 today) has been posted so far.

    @Mitch – nice words up there.
    @Los – That Suzy + Jam on Darien Lake 2000 is on my “All Time Best Phish-Compilation. Just as the Nassau Twist 04/02/98 – she’ll like that one!
    @SOAM – “big backyard” is awesome. How about this combo then: Twist>Meatstick>Ha Ha Ha>Scent of a Mule

  4. Los Says:

    @ R1

    How about an Oswego request/write up?

    @ Al

    “Twist>Meatstick>Ha Ha Ha>Scent of a Mule”

    Good Shit!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    you’re only as old as the woman you feel

  6. Al Says:

    Oswego sounds good. By the way, Landover 12/28/97 hasn’t been up as well.

    As the topic today has got to do with “friday” i’d like to share a photo also about a friday…

  7. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    Great posts Miner! LOVE THE SITE but, man! im pretty upset i missed this weeks action. was staying with a friend in chicago for the dead shows and they had just moved so we were internet-less. would have loved to guess that mix. actually would have had time to listen seeing i was off work and chilling all week.

    went through the same thing with my girl. we have been together for two years now and she has finally accepted my obsession. although shes older (me 24, she 26) she had not heard phish until me and at first wasnt too keen of my constant soundtrack.

    trying to make this relationship work i eventually gave her my studio “rift” in which she responded “its OK,” then two months later i find “farmhouse” and “live phish 13” (the white album) in her car. she had checked them out from the library! then she moves into a new apartment and im hooking her computer up and find that she has downloaded “roundroom”!

    I DID IT! im not sure if shes truly found “IT” but shes now doing “my” run with me! Knoxville>Broo, Star Lake>Deer Creek, Chicago. and if she doesnt find it there she never will.

    *Still need star lake lawns if anyone could help*
    possibly take Fox if anyone will get rid of them

  8. worthlesswampyfool Says:

    yes, AL. that island tour twist>2001 is very laid back and at the top of the list

  9. R1 Says:

    I like the Oswego suggestion and was thinking about 12.28.97 too

  10. R1 Says:

    ^Eric R.: I’ll give that Davidson show a listen.

    I’m gonna post one from my alma mater too.

    ^Al: I’ll def consider those

  11. Jack O Roses Says:

    worthlessswampyfool. I have your Star Lake Lawns in hand… email me moonlt.tim AT gmail

    I can meet ya at Fenway if you’ll be there or mail them to ya….

  12. Pence Says:

    when are they going to announce party time…my mouse just naturally drifts to every 5 min. I hope they have a new vid

  13. wanderin Says:

    Congrats R1! I only had #3 right.

    Caught the Dead at the Pepsi Center last night, and it was a fun show. The music was good, the scene was fun, Colorado is live music central, and can throw down for any band in town. This was my fuance’s first time seeing the Dead, and I will be taking her to her first Phish show back in Hartford. She never really got into them, and has a hard time trying to figure out what IT is, but when the time comes she is going to have a blast at the show, and that is all I could ever hope for.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    12.28.97 is already on the site

  15. Dr SF Jones Says:

    I am 38 and my wife is 27. and she is european. never heard of Phish until we got married. Now she hears them everyday. I was telling her about the mix contest an she said, “sounds psychotic”.

    all though, the other day she did say during the intro, “is that David Bowie song?”


  16. Mitch Says:

    I like the twist > meatstick > hahaha > scent

    That should be called the “spinner mix” fir those of you out there with spinners. Los, sounds like you do.

  17. Los Says:

    @ Mitch

    Like a record

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    phish or the dead are our get-down soundtrack 100% of the time

    i carefully build the setlists so there are no fishman songs or other mood killers

    a long funky jam that peaks in a psychedelic crescendo is always the capper, so to speak – nice long Ghost or Sand type jam – such a beautiful thing

    if you marry the right one, married life can be good

  19. msbjivein Says:

    Fish Songs=Mood setters Sexual Healing! LOL!

  20. AlexanderK Says:

    I had physical proof that North and South Dakota actually do not exist… but I lost it on my way through Texas

  21. SOAM Says:

    They are all sisters and they are all fuckin nuts and the ones who seem cool usually end up crazier than the crazy ones

  22. msbjivein Says:

    South Dakota’s not fun to drive through. Been pulled over in that state twice and searched. Luckily their Drug Dogs are stupid. Cause we were packing both times. Don’t have dangling objects in your mirror while driving through SD. That’s asking for them to pull you over. Bad Lands are freakin killer though!

  23. Dr SF Jones Says:

    Amen, SOAM.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    @msbjivein – I’m always tempted to throw in a curveball but if I tried that I wouldn’t get laid for a week so not risking it

    however I have a vocal-track-only version of the Marvin Gaye original – just Marvin a capella – that is pretty incredible AHHHHHHHHHH BABY I’M HOT JUST LIKE AN OVEN

    and I have a great memory from before the wife, this girl practically did me on the floor of the WOW Hall during Ben Harper’s version of that tune…everyone was getting down like mad, I thought we were gonna see someone get naked in the show…it was a mad grind down in the pit – epic

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    but then Eugene is like that…horny ass women in that town…good times

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