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. BingosBrother Says:

    Is Matisyahu the most famous phan?

    Yo Mitch, you check out Workaholics after South Park? That show is balls. Been saying “I like THAT.” all day long. Mushie episode was killer. Favorite new show.

  2. mitch Says:

    not familiar with it. can i stream it somewhere?

  3. Monsterpus Says:

    Mitch-interesting. I thought it was the idea that dogs are unclean and can’t touch humans, at least this Hassidic guy I talked to when I was walking a couple dogs said that. The kids always sprayed me with water guns when I rode through that part of town, so who knows. They also tried to get the bike lanes removed on Broadway in BK because too many scantily clad young hipster girls were distracting the men. So basically, being a Hassid means hating dogs and hot chicks

  4. mitch Says:

    it streams on comedy central

  5. phoammhead Says:

    why does this board slow down in the evenin’ . . . it’s like you guys work on the bb everyday and then go home and call it a nite! 😉

  6. albert walker Says:

    Mitch’s anti-semitic remarks about all jews hating dogs is offending everbody away

  7. Monsterpus Says:

    I know, I can’t check anymore during the day at my new slave job, and at night no ones around. I need a job where I get paid to bb, too!

  8. multibeast Says:

    Buddy of mine just got back from the Dominican and found he got 3 monday UICs. Looks like I’m going!

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    hahaha

  10. albert walker Says:

    UIC BIthces!!!

    everybody’s hitting Chicago for some hot ass summer indoor Phish!

    somebody better remind Trey to jam

  11. Fly Says:

    I know a dragon that would remind Trey to jam

  12. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I’m glad AW’s here to keep this place PC. I was starting to get offended.

  13. albert walker Says:

    no. that’s just wrong. kick that shit to me and I’ll spin him with the Swiss.

  14. Fly Says:

    ze Swiss cheese

  15. multibeast Says:

    I want that indoor long ass funky 2001 plz and thx.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    Bethel, baby!

  17. Fly Says:

    yes, Bethel

  18. albert walker Says:

    today I realized I can set up the volcano within arms length of the treadmill

    just chill with the bag taking occasional puffs. did a quick cash and fill in about 30 seconds and start running again

    don’t know why it took me so long to discover this

  19. garretc Says:

    Kaya clearly hasn’t been paying attention lately. It’s pronounced: “Bethel, bitches!”

  20. albert walker Says:

    vapes only since last Friday Kaya.

    getting lungs in game shape for Bethel.

    may have to put a chunk of Moroccan blonde in the ass for the flight out there.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    see, you’re comin around to the vape. you’d probably like the vapro, very close to smoking sans harshness.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    I’ll bring the ghee.

    yall make me wanna vape right now. sweatin an overnight short trade. got a little aggressive on this teflon mrkt.

    so this is our country’s plan: destroy dollar, to boost stock and other asset prices (not working, however, for most homes). Rich feel richer, poor have to suck it up at the pump and at the grocery store. path to prosperity. what a farce.

  23. albert walker Says:

    not quite a convert man. and it’s killing the stash. easily doing twice as much but it’s working. but not hating it.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    “it’s killing the stash. ”

    so true. several nugs per day with the vapes.

  25. albert walker Says:

    that’s also playing into the outsized earnings right now Kaya

    besides the fact they cut all the fat so margins are strong the week dollar is juicing all the companies that do bizness overseas

    not to mention the financial crisis was based on leverage and they are once again just lowering rate and encouraging borrowing. maybe if the 30 year wasn’t at 4% people would save some fuckin money

    it’s totally fucked Kaya. but until then long equities and commodities seems to be a no brainer

    a lot of cats are nervous about QE2 ending but I’m not buying it. they will just go QE3 if they have to. Obama is not letting this shit get worse into the election.

    housing is just fucked. employment is still fucked. what can you do but buy some AMZN, GLD, USO, and SLV

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