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. phoammhead Says:

    the dr d remaster isn’t half bad, either . . . 🙂

  2. phoammhead Says:

    then it turns full on psicadelic!!!

  3. phoammhead Says:

    the slide into twenty years later makes this segment an allstar from 2010.

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    what is a bruin anyway?

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    AC Cities was tight also.

    Bruin is a bear.

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    ahh… learn something new everyday

  7. kayatosh Says:

    another for the Fall 98 highlights — 11.11.98 birds. hard driving and clean. wicked treyzor action. $$, at least.

    11.11.98 theme now; gonna spin 11.6.98 simple>caspian per jtran pre-phils.

    decided to stay up and catch the west coast phils game – vs. san diego. hope to last through 6, unless the mango gets me first.

  8. garretc Says:

    A baby bear, specifically

  9. phoammhead Says:

    a scrappy baby bear?

  10. bouncin fan Says:

    The Sand carini is def some of the hipper more open jamming from fall tour

    too bad the transition is pretty rough. as separate jams real nice.

  11. garretc Says:


    I think ideally scrappy in the context of sports mascots, but the name itself doesn’t imply it, no.

  12. willowed Says:

    I’ve had that AC weekend in steady rotation the last few days

    As been said. That Stash is heaven

    and the Ghost>Spooky is silky smooth

  13. willowed Says:

    and the whole LF set

    yes..can I have another

  14. bouncin fan Says:

    Trey singin and swingin this Corina too

    great version. slick little Page rhodes work.

  15. garretc Says:

    I can’t believe that the only time they’ve played Jibboo and Sand in the same show they played them back to back, but they for some reason make the transition ambient instead of just melding the two practically identical grooves…

  16. phoammhead Says:

    i’m switching over to the AC Sand . . . i loved that 10/29 first show of the run . . . was awesome!

  17. kayatosh Says:

    AC 10.29 and 10.30.2010 personal highlights:
    10.29: LUOLMA, moma>cities; the aforementioned sand->carini>caspian, corrina.
    10.30: wolfman’s->undermind>gin, coil; tube, tweezer, 2001

    11.11.98 theme — $$+.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    need to give AC a spin soon.

  19. phoammhead Says:

    cheers guys . . . it’s been realz! raise a glass!

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    Bulls not lookin’ very sharp tonight 🙁

  21. kayatosh Says:

    commence jtran rec. – 11.6.98 simple>caspian

  22. uncle ebenezer Says:

    @dude, those creek shows were hot, and that first night first set is nowhere close to the worst of 3.0

  23. kayatosh Says:

    like that simple a lot — $$$. transcendent, indeed.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Just got to the Mike’s of 12.1.95. Nice Stash in 1st set.

  25. phoammhead Says:

    back to greek 3 ii . . . .

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