Woke Up This Morning…

"Makisupa Policeman" (Bruno)

On the ultimate stoner holiday, 4/20, let’s take a look at the band’s lone reggae song and herbal reference, “Makisupa Policeman.” This article was first posted a year ago today and I excerpted the intro below with a link to the entire piece.


Of all the musical genres in which Phish dabbles, reggae is, perhaps, the least significant. With mere passages of “Harry Hood” and “Slave” flirting with a roots-based groove, “Makisupa Policeman” is Phish’s lone original foray into the genre.  A relic from the band’s stonier days, “Makisupa” is actually the first known publicly played Phish original, making its debut on 10.23.84. Mentioning this fact in Philadelphia on 11.29.03, Trey also also noted that its lyrics were written by Tom Marshall as a kid. Though it was the “original Phish song,” the band’s homage to ganja has been somewhat of a rarity throughout their career. Always eliciting comedic cheers with Trey’s chosen “keyword,“ ”Makisupa” is Phish’s only musical reference to many fans’ recreational smoke. Usually highlighted by the creative dub lines of Gordon, this song has played multiple roles throughout Phish’s career….Read on!

Click here to read the entire post strewn with audio clips!


“Makisupa -> Night Nurse -> Makisupa” 10.26.2010 II

“Makisupa” 10.4.99 Normal, IL II


1,010 Responses to “Woke Up This Morning…”

  1. BrandonKayda Says:


    Well that was fun. What’s up @Phinally?

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    BB seriously a remarkable place. Remote meetups, advice, recs, smack talk, copious music pimping, the Phish, miners ruminations, some meltdowns, drug chat, travel planning…it’s all here.

    Remember being on the floor when that AC carini cranked up. Great vibe in there. But I really do think that the Corinna got the “classy” award along with the LF set. Think the LF will be legendary in 10 yrs.

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    BK I’m really thinkin about a little stealth Sunday MPP run. No matter what people say about that venue it’s OG and has a particular charm. And speakin of charm I think you may be the MPP rabbits foot…wanna see shows where u are man. Have a good nite

  4. BrandonKayda Says:


    Thanks man! I’d love to meet you if you do hit MPP. Come around tour and everybody will be pumped up as usual.

    MPP definitely does have charm to it – I liked all the signs outside the venue talking about who played there and when, etcc. just very cool factual stuff.

  5. albert walker Says:

    if mpp is so sketch then how come my ripped on H ass worked a quap of molly on lot there at TAB during the hiatus without being fucked with

  6. albert walker Says:

    Hawks win bitches 5-0

  7. Robear Says:


    Only 7:30 out here. Must be 75 degrees.

    Love RR ’95 everything.

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey there Robear – it’s just about 2am out here

  9. Robear Says:

    Hey B-Kayzzle!

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    What’s up Robear?

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