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. poop goblin Says:

    30 day spy vol is fuckin 10

    these markets are stuck. need some kind of catalyst to move this shit.

    vol just getting destroyed but realizing even less. BORING. seems like in this environment melt up is always pass of least resistance.

    I’d look at some single name short Kaya. correlation is down and some of these more cyclical recovery names have just skyrocketed.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    what’s up poop? been vol. spike on major down move. real move down? shake out? algo confusion? like I said this mrkt. is a joke.

  3. poop goblin Says:

    April spy vol is 15 and been realizing only 10

    hard to sell given all the uncertainty but cats that have been buying it are getting smoked bleeding vega cuz it’s not realizing anything near 15.

  4. poop goblin Says:

    IWM 30 day is realizing 14.50 vol

    it’s 100 day is 35 kaya just to show you how dull these markets have been in Jan

  5. kayatosh Says:

    yep. IWM melted up on thin vol.

    giving some back today after failing to break recent intraday high (83.22).

    of course, i’m only minimally short. got shaken out of my big pos. on monday. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  6. poop goblin Says:

    laterz kids sorry for the hijack

    out for a bit
    good luck Kaya

  7. kayatosh Says:

    right here (82.25) is where IWM bounced in the past 4 days. if you like the long story. buy here. MM’s seem enamored w/ small caps. why not join em?

  8. kayatosh Says:

    peace, poop.

  9. marcoesq Says:

    morning all. thanks for the Twist love, mIner.

    Hidden track article:

  10. kayatosh Says:

    10.10.99 YEM — $$$. seek it out.

  11. marcoesq Says:

    ^Yep, kaya. Great show.

    Set II: Jam>YEM, booyah!

  12. marcoesq Says:

    10.9.99 was great too, fun shows. 10.10 was a little uncharacteristic to end tour but still a lot of fun nonetheless

  13. kayatosh Says:

    really dug that YEM. thrilling jams, no vocal jam. perfecto YEM.

    10.10.99 – last show of fall 99 tour.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    playa randomly shuffled to 12.16.99 tweezer. majorly digging it. about to $ it up, when a light bulb went off — Miner featured this one a couple days ago. guy is a phish genius.


  15. marcoesq Says:

    Night before those 2 shows was great also

    Friday, 10/08/1999
    Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

    Set 1: Piper, AC/DC Bag, Suzy Greenberg, Meat, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

    Set 2: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer[1], Bug, Fee, Harry Hood, We’re Not Gonna Take It[2] > Chalk Dust Torture

    Encore: The Squirming Coil[3], Tweezer Reprise

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    I had a great time at that 4 pack marco.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    marco: haelly’s>tweez is $$$.

  18. voopa Says:

    Me too G7! My only shows East of RR.

  19. marcoesq Says:

    me too.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin 10.29.201 top to bottom. underrated show. fond memories.

    great recording (jack riley busmans) taboot.

  21. Mike in Austin Says:

    Right ear of my work Sennheiser 420SL is mostly kaput. I think I need some new headphones for work. May have to bring in the home 590s.

    Also need one of those FiiOs boxes.

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    Spinning 2.14.03 Bathtub Gin. Exceptional Stuff.

  23. GhostDog Says:

    Ripping into the Euro 72 box lately…

    4/16 O1>Me and My Uncle>O1 is siiiiick!

  24. InAMinute Says:

    I remember being incredibly dissapointed by that 10.10.1999 show. The YEM was the only redeeming quality. Setlist was BRUTAL. This was the start of a much smaller interest in the band, for many years…

  25. GhostDog Says:

    Question for the audiophiles out there…

    What sort of compression happens in the FM broadcasts ie Went? Does it crush a recording as mp3s do? Do folks prefer a good aud to the FM source?

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