When The Funk Came Home

Summer 1997

Summer 1997 (S.Nissman)

The day had finally come.  We hadn’t seen the band for six months- six months that had changed everything- and we had finally made it.  We were in Virginia Beach, and it was July 21st!  It was here.  After waiting over half a year that seemed more like an eternity, we would finally see what this new funk was all about!  Unless you were lucky enough to make it to Europe earlier in 1997, you were in the same boat- fiending for Phish and more curious than ever.

phish-amsterdam-97-subwayAfter finishing off 1996 with a smoking New Years Run, peaking at the Fleet Center amidst unreasonably cold temperatures in Boston, the band disappeared from the American scene.  Only two months later they were off on their first of two European tours before we’d have a chance to see them in the states again*.  Their twelve-show winter run continued the transformation to groove-based playing that had begun during the second half of Fall ’96.  And once we got a hold of that 2.17 Amsterdam tape, we knew something special was going on.   That “Disease” slowed down into some thick music we’d never heard before- and then segued into a dark, new song called “Lucy Had A Lumpy Head”- who was this band?!  This was different music than we heard in Boston- that was for sure- and it was very engaging!  Phish went on to play their infamous Markthalle show captured on Slip, Stitch, and Pass, but at the time, that Amsterdam tape was all anyone could talk about. *(Phish did play a small benefit in Burlington on 3.17)

6.19.97 Arena, Vienna, Austria

6.19.97 Vienna, Austria

We got some of the other winter tapes as well, and then we waited.  The band took off across the pond once again in June- this time armed with an array of new songs that spilled out quickly over their first two nights in Dublin.  “Ghost,” “Twist,” “Limb By Limb,” “Dogs Stole Things,” “Piper,” “I Saw It Again,” “Oblivious Fool,” “Vultures,” “Velvet Sea,” “Water In the Sky”- and come Virginia Beach, most of us had never heard them!  These were not the days of instant uploads and digital Phish; the tapers were all in Europe.  With only ten days separating the last European show and Virginia Beach, most of us didn’t have time for a blanks and postage deal.

(R. Bleckman)

(R. Bleckman)

But while we weren’t getting Phish music instantly online, it was around this time that Phish internet space- and the internet in general- began to catch fire.  On message boards and over email, we heard stories about twenty-minute funk jams played really, really slow; about this new song called “Ghost” that was all the rage; about bass led grooves coming from everywhere!  But they were just stories.  With each passing day and setlist, excitement amongst fans grew exponentially.  After six and a half months of no Phish coupled with tales of legendary jams, our imaginations were about to burst- we couldn’t wait any longer.  And we didn’t have to, because the day had arrived.

The Gorge '97 (J.Schwartz)

The Gorge '97 (J.Schwartz)

When we got into the amphitheatre, the energy was palpable as the entire crowd seemed to be on the verge of explosion.  How long would we have to wait before we heard all these new songs?  As a rainbow appeared over the lawn, breaking the day’s inclement weather, Phish stepped on stage with the first stateside drop into “Ghost.”  The music felt immediately addictive- its deep bass and slow grooves coursing through your veins.  It was a new high you’d never felt before- and Wow!- it felt good.  You had to dance, no matter how awkward it might have looked; this shit was funky!  And as the band entered the jam, we experienced the first gooey excursion of what would be a stellar summer tour.

Ghost ————————————— [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ph97-07-21d1t01.mp3]

1997-07-21gnFollowing up with “Dogs,” “Piper,” and “Dirt,” the band was as eager to introduce their new material as we were to hear it.  When listening to just the abbreviated version of “Piper,” you could feel the magic in that song from day one.  And finally, to welcome everyone to their US Summer Tour, Phish ripped apart a funktatstic “Bathtub Gin” that saw Trey jokingly chant “USA! USA! USA!” at the end.  Spirits were soaring; the band was as ecstatic to start a long US tour as we were, and a new era had truly begun.

Bathtub Gin ———————————– [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ph97-07-21d1t06.mp3]

7.21.97 Virgina Beach, VA – 12 Years Ago Today

I: Ghost, Dogs Stole Things, Piper, Dirt, Ginseng Sullivan, Bathtub Gin*, Character Zero

II: Wolfman’s Brother > Magilla, David Bowie, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Theme From the Bottom* > Funky Bitch*, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Loving Cup

*w/ Leroi Moore

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

You Enjoy Myself” 11.28.97 Worcester SBD


Perhaps the greatest version of “You Enjoy Myself” from Fall ’97, this one will get anyone’s head bobbing.  Coming in a show opening combo of “Curtain > YEM” to begin Worcester’s three-night stand, Phish got the party started right.  While not necessarily a dark-horse, a run through the SBD of this impeccable jam brightens any day.  With a fierce and funk-laced “Crosseyed” segment, this one is a keeper.



3.20.92 Broome Co. Forum, Binghamton, NY SBD < TORRENT

3.20.92 Broome Co. Forum, Binghamton, NY  SBD < MEGAUPLOAD

Spring '92 (phish.com)

Spring '92 (phish.com)

Keeping with the early-era soundboard trend of yesterday, here we have one of the greatest shows from the hallowed Spring of ’92.  This Binghamton show was an analog staple back in the day, with a SBD source that circulated early on.  In a show strewn with highlights, the “Antelope” stands out as one of the greatest early-90’s versions.  The first set is absolutely flawless, and set two isn’t far behind.  Enjoy this gem!

I: Wilson, Reba, Brother, Glide, Rift, Fluffhead, Maze, Lizards, Mound, Run Like an Antelope

II: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Sanity, The Sloth, The Mango Song, Cavern, Uncle Pen, Harry Hood, Terrapin*, Possum

E: Lawn Boy, Fire

* Trey explains “Secret Language” before “Possum”

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269 Responses to “When The Funk Came Home”

  1. nonoyolker Says:

    Can someone seed the Miner Horns Pick’s? FYI, i downloaded directly and most files were corrupt. Anyone else have that problem?

    I like the Mango call for RR. I call Llama opener. Mark it!

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    My cpu should be seeding it the entire time…

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    havent heard about any corrupt files yet, and over 300 people downloaded it the first day….

  4. Jay Says:

    Kill Devil Falls will open RR. Take that to the bank 🙂

  5. Comrade Says:

    been on torrent for about hour. 33 leeches and no peers

  6. sumodie Says:

    “Anyone able to seed the BCH torrent?”
    @Comrade: I had the same trouble yesterday so I just dl’ed it instead.

  7. Comrade Says:

    crap i meant 33 peers – no seeders

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    i dont get it…whyn isnt my cpu seeding it? my torrent window is open….

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    my cpu has been open the entire time since it was posted

  10. nonoyolker Says:

    Strange on the Horn’s Picks. Downloaded directly fine, but only the first 7 weren’t corrupt. Could just be for me.
    For the torrrent, I am connected to 13 peers, no seeders. Not sure what the deal. Miner, it should work if your window is open. I think we are both doing everything correctly.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    not uinderstanding why my cpu isnt seeding it

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    That’s weird Miner. Do you use uTorrent? if so it has a connection testing wizardy thing doesn’t it? that can diagnose probs?

    If the download and torrent filesets are the same – identical – then someone who d/l’d the fileset should be able to just grab the .torrent file, point it at the fileset and start seeding immediately. If I was home I’d try it.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    bizarre, i got three other to9rrent uploading, but this one just says seeding, but its not uploading…

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    i do use u torrent. i just dont know a hell of a lot about it

  15. nonoyolker Says:

    ^ I am a total torrent n00b. Only made the switch when you started posting them, so I am not much help at all.

  16. voopa Says:

    Trouble downloading? Check this site to make sure your ports are forwarded correctly. In u torrent, you should be good to go if you have a green circle with a check mark on the bottom. If it’s a yellow triangle instead, it’s most likely a port issue.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    long story, but use this link, and i will be seeding it


  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    i by accident crated 2 torrents the other night and linked the one that i wasnt seeding…oops

    my cpu was seeding the file set under a diff torrent link…my bad

    Fixed the link on the Horns post as well…

  19. Comrade Says:

    MUCH Thx Mr. Miner!!! it’s all good now.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:


  21. nonoyolker Says:

    Good looks Miner! Up and running. Looks like a fine compilation from a tight era. Thanks again man.

    FYI, for those who may use Pirate Bay for any copyrighted downloading, they got cracked down on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay_trial

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    np…..technology generally works…i knew something was up, few too many rippers before creating the torrent the other night 😉

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    nothing to do with anything except teh awesome, but, check out this DVD


    there are a few throwaways on it but it’s got some really top shelf 70s performances on it. vols 2 and after suck ass

  24. nonoyolker Says:

    ^ news on PB is from Feb, def not new. Was new to me though. Buddy dropped that on me today after i scooped a few vids of live shows.

  25. nonoyolker Says:

    @ Completely – line up on that looks nice, i may need to check that out. I am close to endorsing that closing of the Fillmore dvd I mentioned the other day. Some top shelf footage. Did you imply the that there is an extended original version or am I way off?

    @ Miner, “technology generally works” – awesome quote. Should be the slogan for the Geek Squad. Just pumped the Frankenstein w/ Horns for the mix. Very interesting/enjoyable version. Hard to think of that song now without picturing Red on “the beast”, the chairman on keytar, and Gordeux on flame bass WITH horns. How far we’ve come…

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