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. AintNoTele Says:

    Mr P, I hope they bring that back. Hampton Suspicious Minds anyone?

  2. BrandonKayda Says:


    You going to MPP again?

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    I love circus clowns and bears and things LW

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    El Dude secretly loves Roggae, he’s just afraid to show it 😉

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    if life were easy………..

  6. Monsterpus Says:

    Nice to see the AC show from the 29th getting some love. That was the only night of the 3 that I attended, so it has a special place for me. Plus I was feeling bad after I got too f*’ed up at Amherst to enjoy that show, so I was sober down front and watching like it was a classical performance. Won’t forget that one, esp the Sand, Slave, and Corrina too

  7. Monsterpus Says:

    And I love Roggae, ftr. I’ve never seen it live, though

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Listening to some mic-less Amazing Grace from 93′. I love how everybody is shushing the people cheering to hear them sing. Nice band-audience connection.

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    Just started up the RR 95′ Mike’s Groove.

    I want to be scared by this song

  10. tela'smuff Says:

    just had a tooth pulled. that sucked.

  11. butter Says:

    bb planting ideas in my brain, without reading

    gave Sand>Carini a good spin with some afternoon accouterments, earlier

    yea, BK – everyone took the mic-less stuff dead serious

  12. butter Says:

    did you at least get some caine, Telas? sox broke their losing streak!

  13. Jtran Says:


    (30 minutes late sorry)

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    Love this dissonance in the second jam in Mike’s

    Likelihood of Phish ever doing the second jam in Mike’s again?

  15. Jtran Says:


    12/1/95 Mikes no spoilers? If you didn’t know that was going into Weekapaug, awesome

    My favorite version

  16. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Did I see that you were hitting Camden earlier?

    I was on the fence about MPP until my buddy pulled pits for Sunday.

    I skipped the second night last year, so sorry in advance if it doesn’t smoke again 😉

  17. Jtran Says:

    Glad folks are checking out some of the lesser known fall 98 highlights

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    6 different injections of it!!! and a bottle of hydrocodone. the mouth full of blood is less than desirable.

    fuckin A those Sox. Needed that win. Shit is downright ugly. Beckham and Rios getting benched for sec.

  19. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Two-jam Mike’s is coming back this summer, mark it. Not in Bethel, but it will happen.

    Probably while I am nice and cozy on couch tour.

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’m hitting both nights MPP – going to try and meet some BB’ers there.

    This RR Mike’s is nuts!!!!

  21. brother Says:

    @el dude, guyute and anyone else in charlotte. just got down here, gonna be here for 6 months or so, lookin to rent a house or apt. would like some suggestions on where would be a good place/area to live?

  22. roberto luongo Says:

    stoppin in from the phone during 1st intermission

    damn Hawks up 3-0 after 1 period

    could be another early night

    laterz kids

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    @brother…lucky I’m on a bedtime drive by. Hit me up at cannondawg at gmail.

  24. brother Says:

    @Leo….email sent

  25. Phinally Says:


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