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. butter Says:

    damn didn’t realize this was a four game set with the Yanks, look like they’ll square the series there up 12-3

  2. mitch Says:

    youd like that song if you were doing lines of blow off a hookers ass in a club.

    what is the dude wearing in the pic in brown?

  3. verno329 Says:

    Hey BB! Checking in from Tuscaloosa and I’m fine but parts of the town are demolished. Just astonishing to see.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sorry, voops. had to share my misery. the shocking thing was seeing the crowd at glastonbury positively bouncin’ for that shitty shit of shitness.

    here’s the 2010 version. fucking turrrible. stop taking yourself so seriously!!!

  5. mitch Says:

    doesnt quite capture being comfortably numb tho. more like “super comfy remix”

  6. mitch Says:

    glad you’re all good verno. good luck.

  7. Fly Says:

    Night all.

    Can’t believe the Vikings took Christian fucking Ponder.

    I’ll be pondering that move for quite some time.

    Sweet dreams, y’all.

  8. Fly Says:

    Yes, be safe Verno. Be easy. Glad you’re OK.

    NN fo realz

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    youd like that song if you were doing lines of blow off a hookers ass in a club.

    @mitch
    in a way so as to not say anything anywhere approaching the realm of maybe possibly potentially incriminating here, I will simply respond by saying, “no. no, sir, I would not.” 😐

  10. win butler Says:

    i cant believe you hosers dont like the scissor sisters cover!!!!

    makes you wanna get up and boggie right on down doesnt it????

    nothing like cracking a lebatt blue after a long day of working your vocal chords. summer of 89 is coming along great.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yay verno!

    good to hear. stay safe…

  12. mitch Says:

    not even if you were raging with neil patrick harris?

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    don’t get me wrong. their music has a place*. just not that song. nope.

    *this is by no means an endorsement of their music. just that it is made exactly for the scenario mitch laid out above, hookers or not.

    “every situation needs a soundtrack”

    ^coincidentally (or is it ironically, palmer 😉 ), this would be a good name for an album

  14. Jtran Says:

    @df

    Waking up at 4AM to watch your future king’s wedding tomorrow?

  15. halcyon Says:

    New Beastie Boys is dope……F-U-N-K-Y

    Stone Cali – Belgique IPA is great. Great tension reliever for this guy

  16. win butler Says:

    i’m going to! i’m going to pop some popcorn for it!!

  17. win butler Says:

    FMS bitches!

  18. win butler Says:

    i’m excited about Mr. Miner’s book. prob not as excited as he is to have it over i bet.

    Mr Miner, Petition the PHiSH to cover the suburbs with your post tomorrow? they could do a song a night for the tour or something. discuss.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @jtran, i have no idea what you’re talking about

  20. verno329 Says:

    That shit was so strange. I didn’t even get rain at my apt but less than 5 minutes away it was total destruction. Absolutely devastating. About 2 minutes from I work and no damage there either. So crazy how random it hits

  21. halcyon Says:

    Glad your safe Verno. Such a tragedy. What power. Saw the video earlier and was blown away.

  22. garretc Says:

    @halcyon

    You were “blown away”?

    Too soon man…

  23. halcyon Says:

    D’OH I see your point

    GarretC….not what I intended….believe me…my head is such a mess these days, many things have been crossed up

  24. Jtran Says:

    “Canada is a federal state that is governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.”

    Maybe you haven’t heard, the man that will eventually be your head of state is marrying tomorrow.

  25. garretc Says:

    Haha, I’m just giving you a hard time halcy…

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