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. Selector J Says:

    Kentucky looks real good, too. Carolina would have been blown out at Rupp if they hadn’t made so many 3s. Should be a fun NCAA tourney. Hopefully the Heels can get to NOLA. The Superdome voodoo has treated them well in the past.

  2. Selector J Says:

    @gcub Yea.
    “Dusted” may have been a bit strong.

  3. sumodie Says:

    Costa Rica is a gas -went there a decade ago for a week and now a good friend is getting married near Jaco Beach in mid December. Can’t believe he’s reserved this swank hilltop retreat:

    Fewer 2012 phish shows increases my chances of attending (if I sleep on the beach or somethin 😉

  4. Gratefulcub Says:

    I wish we could join you guys in the ACC :single tear:

    UK could be somewhat competitive in football, which it never will in the SEC.

    And we could play UNC, Duke, & Syracuse twice a year in basketball!! I am sort of tired of watching Ol’ Miss and Auburn in their 4,000 seat gyms.

  5. Kaveh Says:


    Agree with your Duke/UNC comment. It is going to be a good game tomorrow night. Looking forward to it!

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    It’s all in flux, who knows. Add UCONN and Kentucky to the mix and you would really have a powerhouse basketball powerhouse conference.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    that’s double the power ya know

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I don’t look at rankings this early in the season. They are meaningless.

    I had no idea they were 4. I figured they were top ten. No one ever talks about them. They are experienced, means a lot come tourney time.

    Cal sold his soul, will never win a title. Most talent though.

    Like watching Baylor a lot. They will be on probation within 2 years though, dirty program.

  9. El Duderino Says:

    the ACC is the SEC of football-Truf

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    Ahem El Dude, if you are talking basketball that is patently false.

  11. Gratefulcub Says:

    To know Cal is to love him. To be a fan of any other team is to hate him. I hated him when he was at Memphis, and I really hated him when he was at UMass. Now…… we exchange Christmas cards and I offer recruiting advice.

    Guyute, UK could never leave the $100 bill printing press that is SEC Football. It pays well to go 2-6 in that conference.

    Back to work. I’ll see you boys again in March, and I’m bringing Ashley with me.

  12. Gratefulcub Says:

    One question: how does everyone have a SYF team logo?

  13. sumodie Says:

    2.28.03 Nassau Soul Shakedown Party

    some very cool Theremin like work starting at the 7:40 min mark. Must’ve been Page on some boards tho (my musical ears are shite). Anyone know offhand?

    Never made that Nassau show but did hit the prior show in Worcester MA on 2.26.03. Always thought that was a terrific and very long show. I’ve never listened back, yet

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Talk to MiA Gcub, he’ll hook you up.

  15. El Duderino Says:

    No it’s not G$$$ the ACC is the best basketball conference in the US like the SEC is for football… if the Big East is why would Cuse be leaving, and it’s not just $$$ dude

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    it’s money
    football money

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Uh, yes it is just for the money. The ACC is not the best conference in basketball buddy. They do have two of the most consistent high quality programs in the country but top to bottom there are better conferences. The money comes from football by the way, that’s why Cuse is bolting.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Acc is terrible except for the top 3-4 teams.

    Big east has been a monster for years.

    Its all about the money….that is a fact.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Uconn was 10th in the BE last year.. they won the title.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    I’ll gladly admit the Big East is having a bit of a down year. I’m not just blowing smoke.

  21. Gratefulcub Says:

    They won the title, and they actually DO cheat!!

    just sayin’ 😉

  22. Kaveh Says:


    Jesus…this is just one of the sentences I’m laying out in a sell sheet right now…WTF?

    “Cockroach bait stations can be easily mounted on the underside of the station lid…”

    Where are those Phish dates?

  23. llama Says:

    guess i’m too late kaveh…. my first real phish run ended there in ’09. before i collected posters though…..nice one passing on…your art….

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    They won the title, and they actually DO cheat!!
    just sayin’ – g cub

    they sure do. Hate Uconn. They are finished though. Calhoun is 70 with major health issues. When he’s gone, they are finished. Same as Cuse. No one is going up to Syracuse to play hoops for Mike Hopkins. Enjoy it Guyute, your window is closing quickly.

  25. Kaveh Says:

    Metallica’s announcement:

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