Pronouncing It In Several Ways

12.29.09 (Wendy Rogell)

Though Phish has many protean songs whose jams reach differing musical realms, few launchpads hold such diverse possibilities as “Twist” every time out. Since the song debuted in Dublin to kick off Summer ’97, “Twist” jams have never held a predestined path, while leading the band into many different musical pastures. Covering all ground, from groove to ambient soundscapes and rock and roll to avant-garde quasi-jazz escapades, “Twist” has always featured dips into the musical unknown. The versatility of the song is clearly illustrated when looking at some of the seminal (and obscure) versions.

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Desert Sky Pavilion 7.29.97 II

This early version of the song, during the first week of the band’s US Summer Tour in ’97, immediately illustrated the jam’s propensity for psychedelia. Entering a dark and abstract jam amidst a summer best-known for funk music, this new song did’t always lead into chunky grooves.

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Nassau Coliseum 4.2.98 II

Nassau '98 (livephish)

One of the most iconic “Twists” ever played, this blissful escapade in melodic space-groove remains a defining relic of Spring ’98’s Island Run. No other versions touches the convergence of rhythm and catharsis that this one does, and the melding of the two elements created one of the driving, danceable, and smoothest versions ever played. On this night, “Twist” touched the divine.

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Big Cypress, Florida 12.31.99

Big Cypress

As the band got a few songs into their midnight set at Big Cypress, “Twist” whispered into the Florida night. A gorgeous rendition that featured a hypnotic melody over a soft ambent backdrop, this “Twist” provided an introspective journey as we passed into 2000. Combining with “Caspian,” this version soothed the soul as we seeped deep into night.

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Drum Logos, Fukuoka, JP  6.14.00 II

If the Island “Twist” represents one peak for the song, this jam from Fukuoka, on Japan’s southern island, is unquestionably the other. In a tiny club, Phish played the most cerebral and coherent ambient music of their career; a nuanced and delicate conversation that could have only happened within such intimate environs. This version likens a silk carpet on which the audience rode into outer space. Well known as part of LivePhish 4, this “Twist” is one of the band’s timeless jams that never gets old.

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Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ 7.30.03 II

7.30.03

When Phish came back from for the second phase of their career, they continued to push “Twist” into new places. During an era when the band took musical risks like they were going out of style, “Twist” was often the beneficiary of such exploration. This churning and sprawling rendition represents the full-throttle, psychedelic experiments of Summer ’03 and one of the darkest jams of the tour.

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Alpine Valley 7.18.03 II

Only weeks before the aforementioned Camden odyssey, Phish had a close encounter with extra terrestrial lifeforms while engaged in this space-aged, mind-control experiment.

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The Spectrum 11.29.03 II

Circa '03

11.29.03

One of the few defining jams of an underwhelming Turkey Run, this “Twist” got quite melodic before gradually descending through a sequence of groove, into an uncompressed dungeon of guitar terror. A stellar snapshot of post-hiatus jamming, a growling and unexpected segue into “Simple” brought this menacing sequence back into the light.

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SPAC 6.20.04 II

SPAC 2004

Part of Phish’s last burst of creativity the second time around, this “Twist” stood up with “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” and “Piper” as the brightest stars from an unforgettable weekend at SPAC. This multi-faceted version featured furious full-band, bass-led grooves, that saw Mike going beserk before the band brought it down and Trey’s delicate rhythm licks revved the second half of this summer highlight—a truly elite rendition.

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1,870 Responses to “Pronouncing It In Several Ways”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    Caught Sunfest 1 setter 17 years ago. Last 3 songs in the set: coil Julius sparkle. Enc: gtbt. Poop. It was fun tho. My 2nd show post rehab. Was my first time seeing mike on the cart too…two young things riding with him. Play on playa.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    In case you forgot how sick these dudes can be.

    http://vimeo.com/14069822

  3. poop goblin Says:

    still diggin this last Big Boi record – good fuckin stuff

    that’s why pit bulls are great Mitch. a lot of people cross the street. most people that don’t have em are still scared of em.

    the other great thing is no neighborhood douchers stop to have their dog meet yours and shit.

    also a lot of people think you are an asshole for even owning this agressive killer dog. I love when strangers judge and hate me. makes my day.

  4. poop goblin Says:

    still diggin this last Big Boi record – good fuckin stuff

    that’s why pit bulls are great Mitch. a lot of people cross the street. most people that don’t have em are still scared of em.

    the other great thing is no neighborhood douchers stop to have their dog meet yours and shit.

    also a lot of people think you are an asshole for even owning this agressive killer dog. I love when strangers judge and hate me. makes my day.

  5. poop goblin Says:

    still diggin this last Big Boi record – good stuff

    that’s why pit bulls are great Mitch. a lot of people cross the street. most people that don’t have em are still scared of em.

    the other great thing is no neighborhood douchers stop to have their dog meet yours and shit.

    also a lot of people think you are an asshole for even owning this agressive killer dog. I love when strangers judge and hate me. makes my day.

  6. garretc Says:

    @posternutbag

    10 am pacific for the Hbowl

  7. goat Says:

    and the new Beasties is stupid fun

  8. cal Says:

    Probably a long shot, but…

    A friend of mine has an extra ticket to the Mogwai show tomorrow night at the Metro. Any Chicago-area BBers interested?

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @palms

    Never really realized it, but that is a slick little Mike’s jam too. For a 3.0 Mike’s, anyway.

    @poo g

    I love that disc. One of the few rap albums I’ve dug lately that actually features great songwriting, as opposed to just great rapping IMO.

  10. garretc Says:

    Damn, I would really like it to be noon tomorrow, because I don’t need to stress about tickets on top of stressing about my math test tomorrow and my two 8-10 page papers due in the next 4 days…

    AND I’m running out of bane… Clearly my life sucks!

  11. Mr palmer Says:

    Mikes and Timber explode at Bethel. Lock it up. If they don’t deep this summer they never will again.

  12. Mr palmer Says:

    Shout out to Verno, whose lives down in Alabama. His town got rocked pretty bad in those tornadoes. shitty thing to watch your town get destroyed. Hang tough Vern!

  13. snowbank Says:

    looks like as a good comrade, I should get in on the ticket gettin’

    we should form teams tomorrow… some people go for the first night, some go for the second night

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    If they don’t deep this summer they never will again.

    Fact.

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    Fact snow. I always go 2nd nite first on two packs.

  16. mitch Says:

    Why am I always out of town when bustle in your

  17. mitch Says:

    Hedgerow plays bk bowl?

    Anyone in NYC on aug 11 should be there.

  18. brother Says:

    attn radiohead fans…..two new songs out, supercollider and the butcher. can stream em on rollingstones (the mag) web site. supercollider is very good on first listen.

  19. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @mitch

    Thanks for the heads up. Should be a nice warmup for

    UIC BITCHES!!!!

    You gonna be at the Bowl for anything else soon? RRFB and Galactic doing three-night runs in three weeks and two months, respectively.

  20. mitch Says:

    I guess we are going to church in bethel but that’s a questionable icon there duke. Just read the bk bowl blast and saw that stuff. I could be down if it’s sub 20.

  21. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Yeah, didn’t come out how I saw it looking in my head. Going back to the trusty Han Solo avatar.

  22. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Evening, comrades. So I was talking to Mrs Tzara yesterday. I’m hitting all the west coast dates, and feeling a little guilty about the money and time away. So she says: You need to go to Chicago too, it’s the chance of a lifetime. After making sure she wasn’t mocking me, I said, (say it with me):

    UIC bitches!

  23. Monsterpus Says:

    Mitch-the Hassids almost universally hate dogs. I was walking a 7 lb Brussels Griffon, basically a squirrel, through South Williamsburg, and people were freaking out running away. Just a religious thang, I guess. I miss NYC a lot, fwiw

  24. phoammhead Says:

    bek and i are headed to the french broad river fest this weekend!

    gonna warm up the westy for bethel bitches!

    really lovin’ this twist anthology posted by miner!

  25. mitch Says:

    I googled it when I moved to the hood. A hassidic guy had a blog and has dogs and talked about it. It’s ignorance passed down in a closed community. Dogs were used in German camps so now all dogs are bad. Grown men climbing 3 foot hills of snow to get away from my 20lb dog. Kids run and he gets excited and barks so it’s perpetuated. And they all growl at him which just makes it worse too. So it goes.

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