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. roberto luongo Says:

    love to spin this Oceans Sing Piper from SPAC 04 before I go between the pipes for a big game.

    shit is sick.

  2. phoammhead Says:

    good thing about charlotte this year is that there’s a day off between alpharetta and charlotte . . .

    hope to see some of you guys in charlotte, but like i said i have a very good group of friends there and we’ll be pre-show partying at my friends and taking van transportation to and from the show . . . .

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    C. Bulls on NBATV @ 7:00pm eastern

  4. roberto luongo Says:

    Bethel is my first solo show. only 5th show out of 40 3.0 shows my girl isn’t going with.

    pretty stoked.

    haven’t seen a NY show other than MSG since Oswego

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Who’s going to MPP?

  6. kenny powers Says:

    I have to admit

    I really really enjoyed the Blossom TTE. It was like it was the version they always wanted to play, and the PERFECT set position.

  7. kenny powers Says:

    its a misunderstood prog rock master stroke, bitches

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    going to Phish with the SLF’s is a pain in my ass…

    i love her to death but……………….

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Luongo- have you spun that Camden ’03 show? If you dig those ’04 spac shows, that one would seem to be right up your alley.

    Monster Scents ( 30 minutes)

    The dirtiest Twist i’ve ever heard .

    If you haven’t, check it out.

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    TTE is the best song on Joy

    it just doesn’t work at all in the live setting IMO

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I agree Duder. I try and take her once a year, at most two. Although we had a blast at AC 1, it usually involves me being a husband first, a freak second. 🙁

  12. roberto luongo Says:

    i don’t mind it at all. she gets pissy if she’s not spun but other than that just get her spun make sure she stops the hard drinks at 5-6 and she’s up for anything. we’re on vacation though and we’re just so stoked to get away we are in a chill mood on tour. plus we don’t do powders and get sleep so it’s all good.

    she loves seeing shows though

    just nice to roll solo for once

  13. joe Says:

    will you be bringing the cup with you to Bethel?

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Palmer

    Yep… except I’m monitoring how much Molly she’s consuming and liquor drinks.

  15. roberto luongo Says:

    no way we gets through Detoilet. Detoilet will stomp us.

  16. roberto luongo Says:

    we don’t eat molly anymore either so that def helps. the clean L we wake up happy and ready for breakfast. in 09 we ate molly a few times and that shit tends to make you crazy. haven’t eaten it since Red Rocks.

  17. kenny powers Says:

    i got divorced this morning am gettin.g wasted at a townie bar. god bless Phish and all you fuckers

    7/31/99 Caspian

  18. roberto luongo Says:

    cheers KP!

    great summer to be single

  19. kenny powers Says:

    the 7/30/30 scents is a time capsule masterpiece

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    the SLF can’t handle lsd or chocolates.
    While i tend to consume huge amounts of L and other things, but tend to be much more reserved when she’s there.

  21. kenny powers Says:


    if you ain’t familiar with that Scents it is complete awesomeness

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    @ KP

    Sorry for your loss mang. and CHEERS @ the same time.

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I can go either way on the molly thing. I’m not a talker either way, so thats not an issue. Wife doesn’t really do it either. Nothing wrong w/ some molly once in a while, those headaches the next morning do suck though.

    With molly i know i’m gonna be good in 3 hours or so. The L, double that. So depending on circumstances, sometimes molly is the better choice.

    Took some amazing shrooms at Albany ’09. Those are a blast. Might have to make that a priority at a stop this summer.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    what dude said @ kp… first day….

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    i’ve gotten burned on the chocolates in the 3.0 era

    I need them to be much stronger then they seem to be.

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