Twisted Tuesday

10.30.10 - Atlantic City, NJ (Dave Lavery)

One of the songs that has taken a distinct step backwards in this era is “Twist.” Debuted in Summer ’97 along with a host of new songs, “Twist Around,” as it was known then, became an instant vehicle for improvisation. Phish crafted exploratory jams from the song immediately, both in Europe and in America during its first summer. The song continued to be a mainstay launch pad through the 2.0 era, producing such diverse masterpieces as the Island Run “Twist,”(4.2.98), Fukuoka’s Japanese space symphony (6.14.00), and SPAC’s heaping dose of psych-inspired robo-funk (6.20.04). “Twist” was always one of those songs whose dip into the unknown enhanced by the multitude of directions that the jam could take—and Phish often played contained versions as well. With no preset course, “Twist” developed into one of the band’s most diverse jams through the late ‘90s and the post-hiatus era.

Fukuoka, JP 6.14.00

But since Phish came back three years ago, they have reeled in the song considerably. In fact they played one of “Twist’s” most abstract modern excursions at Hampton’s comeback run, as the song sank into murky textures before segueing into “2001.” More often than not, however, the band has used “Twist” as a vehicle for contained, jazz-like improvisation. Essentially, we know what we are getting when “Twist” starts these days, and that is a drastic shift from the song’s former lives. Aside from Denver’s “Low Rider” jam, “Twist” has been a straightforward piece whose differences have lied only in tempo and licks rather than musical direction. Today, let’s dip back into a few lesser-known versions that highlight the intrigue the jam once contained.


7.5.97, Como, Italy

This was the fifth version of “Twist” ever played, and it took place at a free, one-set show in a gorgeous outdoor locale in Como, Italy. With their stage on the sand at the side of a lake with mountains in the background, Phish played a sunset set for anyone who cared to join. In this “Twist,” the band builds into thick, rhythmic interplay, gradually seeping from their own infectious funk into a jam on Deee Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart”—a quality, lesser-circulated nugget from a game-changing tour of Europe.



7.29.97 II, Phoenix, AZ

When Phish got back to the US, they continued to push the boundaries of “Twist” throughout its youth. This version—the next after Como—came one week into the US Summer Tour, and showcases boundary-pushing psychedelia. Using his raw tone and soloing style of the era, Trey locks with Mike to lead the band into a twisted, multi-tiered standout jam that is often left behind by listeners in favor of other, more established favorites. (Excuse the windy audience tape.)



7.4.00 II, Camden, NJ

Kevin Shapiro’s recent soundboard drop of this “Twist” from July 4, 2000, in Camden, allows us to hear the jam’s subtle intricacies unlike any audience tape ever did. The band gets far away from the song in this jam, entering a completely alternate milieu and finding a unique theme deep into the adventure. Dark and exploratory while remaining wholly cohesive, this jam is one of “Twist’s” shining moments. Resolving into “Slave,” this two-song combo punctuated a stellar set of holiday Phish.



7.18.03 II, East Troy, WI

When the band came back in 2003 and got into more abstract playing, “Twist,” occasionally transformed into a platform for increasingly dark encounters. In this version, plucked from deep in the second set at Alpine Valley, Phish spawned an extra-terrestrial spacescape that took more than a few concert-goers by surprise. Trey continued to solo over a blanket of dark ambiance, a gorgeous juxtaposition, as he joined his mates in maniacal sound sculpting. Switching to uncompressed growls with uncompromising fury, Red meshed with piece seamlessly as the band smoothly jammed back into the song’s groove.


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545 Responses to “Twisted Tuesday”

  1. P.S.H.S Says:

    I figured as much, just never been to a rave or been into clubbing all that much. I prefer watching forty year olds stand still for three hours, and occasionally do a first tube prance or jump on trampolines (all while melting faces of course)

  2. RoosterPizza Says:

    raves are a shit show. not for this guy.

  3. P.S.H.S Says:

    I’m down with this deadmau5 performance, it just seems like he has a lot of extra time for RHM’s

  4. P.S.H.S Says:

    Sorry, rodger center def not sold out, floor is just packed.

  5. voopa Says:

    Hmm…this whole 7/18/03 set II seems to be worth checking out.

  6. joe Says:

    Used to dig orbital way back when. The did a good live electronic act. But I also used to dig ecstasy and blow (probably still do but its in latent stage right now)…

  7. joe Says:

    Is there a resurgence these days in ‘techno’? And does that directly relate to ecstasy supllies being high again? Asks Oldman Joe

  8. plord Says:

    “Techno” is now a ludicrously specific sub-genre solely populated by the black turtleneck wearing motherfuckers who sneer at the other 2,198 micro-genres of electronic music.

    Miss Molly never went away, she just started going to other parties and not inviting you, creeper.

  9. plord Says:

    Ishkur’s guide to electronic music. In case you’ve never seen it. Multiple samples of tracks in dozens of genres sorted by category and rough evolutionary timeline by a serious electronic music nerd who really knows what he’s talking about (except he hates hippies).

  10. sumodie Says:

    Large ‘rave’ parties are on the rise again in mainstream venues -there’s a new era of dj artists booking arenas (Tiesto, Deadmau5) & pulling good numbers. But they’re not playing till dawn…

    Right here in Amherst MA the UMass Mullins Center has hosted at least 3 in the last year

    And the Electric Zoo Festival in NYC has been a big success -3 day music festi over Labor Day weekend

    Meanwhile the biggest baddest rave party in this country, Electric Daisy Carnival, is migrating to Las Vegas this year

  11. garretc Says:

    I was under the impression last year was the first Vegas EDC?

    I should know this, hellllllla kids in my fbook feed hit that up…

  12. sumodie Says:

    yup, you’re right, garret -EDC hit Vegas last year

    huh, appears the parent org that operates EDC also runs the Electric Forest Festival nowadays

    there’s always been a lot of overlap between the ‘rave’ & ‘jamband’ scenes -both can be bomb or both can be shit shows. I’ve had incredible experiences within each scene

    need tourdates now -other summer plans already pressing

    meanwhile I’m on to 7.15.03 Utah -first set’s pretty decent so far

  13. ThePigSong Says:

    Thanks for these Twists. I’ll be spinning them later while redoing my countertops later on. It’s work time now though, must say I’m one of the few that enjoys a four am wakeup. Dont bring it up after work and 10 hours in my kitchen though. I’ll be sure to be signing a different tone.

  14. The Flesh Says:

    NEED PHISH DATES !!!!!!!

  15. halcyon Says:

    Need music that takes me here.

  16. halcyon Says:

    Or here

  17. halcyon Says:

    Or Here.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    what about here?
    or here?

  19. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Spaceman loves those pics…

  20. kayatosh Says:

    darn. I was hoping to wake up to Walfredo Wednesday on here. maybe next week.

  21. halcyon Says:

    Those will gladly suffice T3.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    no one ever responded, so…
    @mmm hmm
    I missed that one by one show (caught the next couple after it)

    I’ve spun it in the past (and will this morning too)
    crazy SOAM, fun Harpua zaniness with teases throughout the set. I think that’s the Redrum YEM too, right?

    diving in… now!

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’d take this setlist these days in a heartbeat

    Thursday, 06/30/1994
    Classic Amphitheater, Richmond, VA

    Soundcheck: Dog Log -> Jam

    Set 1: Down with Disease > Gumbo > Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Split Open and Melt[1], Glide > Scent of a Mule, Bouncing Around the Room, Frankenstein

    Set 2: Wilson -> Maze, You Enjoy Myself -> Yerushalayim Shel Zahav -> You Enjoy Myself[2], Sparkle[3] > Axilla (Part II), Harpua -> Kung -> Harpua > Honky Tonk Women[4] > Harpua, Run Like an Antelope[5], Hold Your Head Up[6] > Love You[7] > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust Torture

    Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Poor Heart

    [1] Vocal jam.
    [2] Redrum screeches from Trey in vocal jam, and Trey on megaphone.
    [3] Redrum screeches from Trey.
    [4] Sean Hoppe on vocals.
    [5] Harpua teases in intro.
    [6] Harpua teases.
    [7] Band intros.

    Notes: Sean Hoppe, an audience member, was invited on stage during Harpua to sing Honky Tonk Women as Jimmy. The Antelope intro and HYHU subsequently included Harpua teases. Split Open and Melt included a vocal jam. Love You contained band intros and an unusually long vacuum solo. Both the YEM vocal jam and Sparkle had “Redrum” screeches from Trey, referencing the movie The Shining. Trey also used his megaphone during YEM.

  24. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers.

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

    I created my own Wolfman’s Wednesday. Full moon last night.

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