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. Jtran Says:

    It’s American humor, sorry 😉

  2. garretc Says:

    You know Jtran, I find it offensive that you feel American humor is so bad that you need to apologize for it!

    Although on the other hand I do realize that comedy has a definite language barrier built in, so a foreigner like DF wouldn’t necessarily get it, and… Well… I’m actually not sure how to make that actually work in the context of a “on the other hand” statement, so I’m just gonna stop now…

  3. win butler Says:

    I got the joke. I’m canadian.

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ha i got the joke, i’m just tired of everyone talking about some dumb fucking wedding

  5. verno329 Says:

    Nicely done @garretc

  6. KWL Says:

    if god is willing and da creek don’t rise, follow up to when the levees broke, highly recommended, it’s on the nerd and came out on vid last week. if you got 4 hours that is

  7. KWL Says:

    and

    fuck weddings, bitches

  8. monsterpus Says:

    Weddings are lame, but this mind controlled synth isn’t

    http://pitchfork.com/news/42362-jeff-mangum-composes-score-for-apples-in-stereo-frontman-schneiders-mind-controlled-instrument/

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    hey BB

  10. butter Says:

    Hey BK – just tryin my hand at some cold brew iced coffee, New Orleans style (with chickory)

  11. halcyon Says:

    Chicory Coffee is good. chicory helps with digestion.

  12. sumodie Says:

    Royal Wedding factoid of the day:

    Kate Middleton & Ellen DeGeneres are 15th cousins

  13. thedayman Says:

    after midnight reprise, pretty cool vid

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz7CURqNlH8

  14. garretc Says:

    Pharoah Sanders – Karma

    Great great album. Who needs church when you have music?

  15. beepaphone Says:

    Heads up for Chicago people-

    The UIC box office will not have a set allocation of tickets aside for Phish. Their tickets will be in the same pool as ALL ticketmaster locations. As such, there will likely be a long line out there with only the first 1 or 2 people actually getting tickets.

    Found this out today…scrapping my plan to get tix @ UIC. You should too if that was your plan.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    is tahoe onsale tomorrow at 12 eastern???

  17. Kurt from Indy Says:

    weddings in winter park CO do not suck by the way, tried one out last summer, dance party til 5am, then at 5 its time to play peggy-o, fact

  18. Kurt from Indy Says:

    yea, similar question, tengo una pregunta, is tahoe pacific or mountain? cause that shit is noon tahoe time, not est…….???

  19. butter Says:

    Says noon pacific

  20. voopa Says:

    Tahoe: Noon Pacific Daylight Time

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    so 3 eastern?

  22. garretc Says:

    @DF

    Yup, 3 eastern

  23. multibeast Says:

    @Kurt – I’m late to the party but I’m getting married in winter park this sept.

  24. voopa Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCu4e_1MSCI

  25. voopa Says:

    Garcia and Hart play Tibetian Bells on the above track, btw,

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