TTFF: Relics of ’98

Denver 2011

This Friday’s playlist is composed of jams from a different era. All of the songs featured today have taken a back seat during the modern era of Phish, but were once central jam vehicles. I decided to pluck stellar versions from 1998 to add cohesion to the selections. Enjoy the tunes today and through the weekend!


2001” 7.17.98 II

One of the all-time classic versions that never gets old.



Tube” 7.16.98 II

The wide-open funk of the Gorge.



Mike’s Song” 11.7.98 I

A somewhat glossed-over version that came as the second song of UIC ’98.



Halley’s Comet > I Didn’t Know” 8.3.98 I

The opening jam of Deer Creek ’98. Might we be returning this summer?



Free” 11.9.98 I

A crunchy first-set beast from UIC ’98; an instant classic.



Cities” 7.31.98 II

Another quintessential piece of Summer ’98 from Polaris.



Wolfman’s Brother -> Lizards” 11.18.98 II

One of the lesser discussed shows of Fall ’98—Greenville, South Carolina—had plenty to talk about.



AC/DC Bag” 8.9.98 II

A smoking summertime version from Virginia Beach; the centerpiece jam from the night they covered “Terrapin Station.”



You Enjoy Myself” 12.29.98 II

YEMSG ’98.

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1,443 Responses to “TTFF: Relics of ’98”

  1. Kaveh Says:

    Morning dudes.

    Thanks for the tunes @Miner…looking forward to spinning these today; a very nice way to get to the weekend.

  2. Spasm Waiter Says:

    I sent my buddy last night. He texted me from the show and said I was missing fiery goodness.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    hey, calpain. grateful for your company on wed. night. mini-BB throwdown at the WCL w/ greesnky. great night.

  4. Jtran Says:

    More and more excited for Greensky on Saturday

  5. sumodie Says:

    That Bethel Tweezer caught me totally off guard & crushed my skull. From that moment on I knew we were in for a night of serious IT. Was in the 8th row & had just eaten a hefty fluffer nutter sandwich minus the nutter & bread

    Getting properly facemelted at the Woodstock festi site was an immediate 2011 highlight for me. When’s Mem Day again…?

  6. Jtran Says:

    2/20/03 Simple $$$

    Kind of like the Superball Simple, but 2.0 style

  7. voopa Says:

    “Free Porcelain NO Snitchin”


  8. sumodie Says:

    spun 6.19.04 set II again this morn

    that ASIHTOS is just so wondrously siiick -love the way those layered sonic textures wash over my brain

    Is there a better version out there?

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    I could do a desert island with just ’98 phish. ’98 was a good touring year for MiA

    I love this YEM, but gonna hit Albany ’95 in replacement.

  10. Kaveh Says:

    Starting from the top: 2001 all the way down. Only shows I was at this year was the midwest November run of four.

  11. voopa Says:

    Yeah, my longest stretch of shows was 7/15-21/98. Add LA & Vegas and 1998 was the most-shows-year for me.

    Jackpot’d. Woohoo!

  12. albert walker Says:

    forgot I caught that Madison show in 98 too

    SOAM = $$$$

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  14. Kaveh Says:

    Nice @voopa. Needless to say, I’m sure you are ready for Sunday.

  15. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Good morning BB. Spinnin tunes w my 3 mo old waiting for my wife to come out of gall bladder surgery. Weird morning.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    was scramblin’ for music to play in the car this morning on the drive to drop the mini disorder unit off at daycare and slid in a tape (yes, a tape) that has permanent status in the car: 6.17.94 II

    threw it in and it was cued up right for the start of the first Mike’s jam (one of the fun things about tapes is not knowing where you will come in if they haven’t been wound to the end of the side). Listened up through the start of H2 (with the Simple reprise). Baby Disorder was la-la-la-ing along (especially during Simple) and I was in full on uncontrollable smiler mode. that set/show gets me every time.

    the thing that always strikes me about that show (and tour) is the effortless ability to match serious jamming and musicianship with hijinks, chicanery, and shenanigans. I saw more shows in 94 than any other year (so far 😯 ) and this show is a great example of why this band became what they are to me. I’m not saying 94 was better than other years or anything (98 sure was great as evidenced by this wonderful TTFF) but it was most certainly the year that I switched over completely from wanting to catch as many dead shows as I could to swearing my allegience to the phish from vermont.

  17. Spasm Waiter Says:

    “mini disorder unit”- nice
    XLIIS’ baby.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you know it was an XLII 😉

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    good vibes to your lady’s gall bladder @spaz

    my highly claustrophobic wife has a full scan MRI tonight which should be interesting to say the least.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    keep coming back to 7.1.97. what a show. gotta love how set II starts.

  21. Kaveh Says:

    I switched over completely from wanting to catch as many dead shows as I could to swearing my allegience to the phish from vermont.

    ^ I hear that. Our good friend @JMelby had that same thought with the 93 Dead at Shoreline and Phish at the Greek shows. It was then for him that he knew that Phish was the ticket he needed to ride.

  22. stapes Says:

    Love me some 98.

    Love me some XLII’s.

    Happy Friday BB. lets get this weekend going!

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Personally, I still wanted to see Dead shows, but I did start to balance it out in 1994. Had the honor of doing the two Red Rock shows and then driving up to Bozeman and heading out to the West Coast for a three week adventure following the Dead from Seattle to Vegas. Those Seattle shows were uber-cool.

  24. litteringand Says:

    Picked up this hoodie the other day,

  25. Kaveh Says:

    “Tube” 7.16.98 II

    As soon as this starts…it is slow funk-A-arab. I think this is going to be a good version. ^ ting!

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