TTFW: The Abstract

6.25.10—Camden, NJ (Graham Lucas)

Ghost” 9.12.99 II, Portland, OR

One of the most slept on jams of all time. Don’t sleep.



Bathtub Gin -> Simple” 12.7.99 II, Portland, ME

Phish returned to Cumberland Country Civic Center during December ’99, an era where ambient jams were prominent.



Jam -> Bug” 12.17.99 II, Hampton, VA

Though it sure felt like the Mothership was about to lift-off into “2001,” but the band teased everyone by dropping into “Bug.” This jam was the music behind the Hampton reunion announcement video.



Waves” 8.2.03 II, Limestone, ME

The magic fields of Limestone…



Twist” 2.24.03 II, E.Rutherford, NJ

Aliens visited The Meadowlands.



AC/DC Bag” 11.7.98 II, Chicago, IL

This gorgeous jam from UIC illustrates the ambient shift of Fall ’98.



Drowned” 9.14.2000 II, Darien Center, NY

Forget about it—a true monster.



Roses Are Free” 1.1.00, Big Cypress, FL

The music that dawned a new millenium; the cerebral masterpiece from the end of an all-night marathon.



My Left Toe,  Stash” 6.30.99 II, Bonner Springs. KS

Phish paired the debut of “My Left Toe” with “Stash” to close the second set of  1999’s very first show.

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376 Responses to “TTFW: The Abstract”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you have to wonder what the 80s music people think no about the videos they made back then. On the one hand they could ba like “whoa. what the fuck. who the hell told me THAT was a good idea?” On the other hand, they could be thinking “I made a shit ton of money all for prancing around in a tattered shirt while lip syncing a song I wrote. Damn I’m good.”

  2. sumodie Says:

    Billy Squier begins and ends with

    The Stroke

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    I think he should totally just own it cus that video was fire.

  4. plord Says:

    Yeah, I had forgotten how…uh…yeah wow that video.

    Always preferred “The Stroke” anyway. “Hi, here’s a song about how you and you and you and you and thy A&R guy and the record company exec are all going to give me a handjob. ok 1-2-3-4!”

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Lots of getting dressed.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Everybody Wants You is another classic Squier track
    My Kinda Lover was catchy

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    The Stroke is pretty good. Not a good looking band.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    your welcome..

  9. tzara's Says:

    Resisting the Squier moment/Embracing Portland Ghost

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    save yourself the creepiness of terry richardson and go for the giffy goodness

  11. MiA Says:

    i vote for #9

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    You guys might want to check this out. Dele Sosimi, UK afrobeat. Live set from Boileroom, which is a really respectable electronic music night in London which also streams live and has a podcast of the shows.

    This set is fucking deep and funky. Feelin it.

  13. sumodie Says:

    Hands on a Hardbody musical numbers:

    Act One

    It’s a Human Drama Thing
    Alone with Me
    Master Benny’s Winning Strategies
    A Little Somethin’ Somethin’
    If I Had a Truck
    My Problem Right There
    Burn That Bridge
    I’m Gone
    Joy of the Lord
    Hunt with the Big Dogs

    Act Two

    Hands on a Hardbody
    Born in Laredo
    It’s a Fix
    Used to Be
    God Answered My Prayers
    The Tryers
    Joy of the Lord (Reprise)
    Keep Your Hands on It

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Rangers/ Capitals about to go to double OT. Even if you don’t like hockey, this is worth your time.

  15. jonacho Says:

    Now I can thank the BB that my OT period break entertainment contained Billy Squier epic prancing.

  16. Robear Says:

    palmer, man i wish that shit was on the networks. obummin’

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    My Left Toe from Burgettstown ’99…Wow!

  18. alf Says:

    These busters get all puffed up and swear at each other.


    one of many instances of pure comedy today. love you kids.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Thats the worst setlist I’ve ever seen.

  20. alf Says:

    good luck tzaras!

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Portland Ghost with Squier video muted is winning.

  22. vegas wolfmans Says:

    If ‘God Answered My Prayers’ or ‘Joy Of The Lord Reprise’ from Act II of Hands On A Hardbody transition into Phish tunes, I quit. Forever.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I prefer the AC/DC ( Fun ) Bag with the the Kate Upton video on mute.

  24. [Not Tom] Says:

    Had no idea that Trey actually devised the drum parts for songs like The Wedge, Bouncin, Demand, and Limb by Limb

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ..And on to the 3rd OT…

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