TTFW: Late ’90s Grab Bag

12.28.11 - MSG (Graham Lucas)

Runaway Jim” 7.31.97 II, Mountain View, CA

Jammed out “Jims” where have you gone?



Tweezer” 8.1.98 II, East Troy, WI

Can never get enough of the Alpine “Tweeze”…



Ghost” 7.3.97 II, Nuremburg, GR

Euro ’97 “Ghosts” were slow, funky and exploratory, as Phish honed their new jam vehicle before coming stateside.



Bathtub Gin” 10.1.99 I, Ames, IA

A first set smoker from the heartland in ’99. We came out to a smashed window and many things stolen from our car before the all-night drive to Minneapolis. Fuckin’ wooks…



Reba” 8.14.96 I, Hershey, PA

A stunning version from a Summer ’96.



Stash” 9.9.99 I, Vancouver, BC

A psychedelic trek from Fall ’99’s first set.



2001” 7.7.99 II, Charlotte, NC

One of ’99’s top versions.



Mike’s Song” 12.2.97 II, Philadelphia, PA

This version needs no introduction—funk warfare.



Piper > Guy Forget” 10.1.00 II, Phoenix, AZ

The first bust-out of “Guy Forget” after being a piece of soundcheck lore for years.



Weekapaug Groove” 4.3.98 I, Uniondale, NY

My favorite “Weekapaug” to date.

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434 Responses to “TTFW: Late ’90s Grab Bag”

  1. voopa Says:

    Kids on caffeine…

    My sis-in-law posted a pic on FB the other day of her son getting his first Starbucks.

    He’s 7.

    He’s also still in diapers and not in school yet. Mom has weird priorities.

    Actually the mom is just weird. She told my wife recently that she doesn’t listen to NPR anymore because “it offends her conservative sensibilities.” Way to open your mind. I asked my wife, “Are you sure you’re related to her?”

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    I’d go see The Dictator aj. Fun for both of you.

    The camera loves LW. Troublemaker.

  3. MiA Says:

    Go see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

    Go to that great Sushi place you turned Mrs MiA onto.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    So I saw Roger Water presentation of The Wall on Tuesday.

    Yes, that was the very first vinyl I spent my own money on back in 1980. I had not listened to the album in years nor heard a track, except for the Scissor Sisters remixed dance version of Comfortably Numb. I forgot how protesty that album is and the messaging is as relevant today as ever.

    During Bring the Boy Back Home, he projected, on The Wall, this Eisenhower quote intermixed with some graphic images to drive the point.

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

    Well played, Mr.Waters, well played.

  5. voopa Says:

    That was quite a moment PB. Powerful stuff.

    So many themes tucked into The Wall that I didn’t get when I was just a kid…I thought that ABITW was just the best, most subversive thing ever written at the time, but it was merely an introduction to questioning authority and similar themes that I was soon to learn ran through most of the music I knew, I just hadn’t heard it yet.

    The Wall movie and The Final Cut gave me a better understanding of Waters’ pacifist message, but years later I was still uncovering subtext in that album. Really an unbelievable piece of work.

  6. MiA Says:

    Subtext, like …. You can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    totally voopstar.

    In second grade we used to singe ABITW on the bus home

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    or what an international ringtone sounds like

  9. alf Says:

    BB currently dominating the funk & soul cave on TT

  10. Xpun Says:


    Planning to hit waters in dc this summer and take my 9.5 year old. Not too intense for him do you think? It will be his first concert. I’m pretty excited.

    Me – hey bud want to go to a concert this summer?
    Him- I don’t know if I’m ready
    Me- what do you mean. Why aren’t you ready
    Him- I don’t even own a lighter

    Where do they get this shit from??

  11. voopa Says:

    Cripes, SCI’s bass player is being interviewed on Marketplace for their ticket thing. Make it stop.

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    xpun, I asked my oldest daughter if she wanted to go. it was a school night and she is a dedicated student, but a musician she is as well and above all else an old soul and avid reader.

    The messaging and imagery could be intense require some explaining. Young lust has some nudity projected on the wall. (*) (*)s
    The language in In the Flesh part 2 is bigoted.

    could spark some great communication opportunity and bonding.

    Love that lighter comment. Store that one, sounds like a good one.

  13. William H. Bonney Says:

    The theme of the Wall today is not the same theme’s as the original in quite a few ways. First off the younger Roger would beat the old Roger over the head for playing the wall in stadiums. The very thing he was railing aganist when he came up with the idea. Not saying Roger wasn’t a pacifist then or anything, but just was not a central theme of original. Hard for me not to laugh at the old man whining about capitalism, while he charges the highest ticket prices around.

    ie. Eisenhower quote, Roger had been using that projection for last few tours, even before the current Wall tour….Anyone who saw the carnage, death, and brutality of WWII certainly knew horrors few of us can even imagine….Very powerful moment for sure…though I don’t think Roger’s pacifism would have defeated the Nazi’s but anyway…

    Will be happily handing over large amounts of cash to see the Wall a few more times this summer.

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    MiA, that was the movie she suggested, so that is the one it will. Set in India? I am down.

    That sushi place just closed (Sushi Wabi). We are both vegetarians, so not much sushi for us. But thanks on the movie rec, great minds.

  15. voopa Says:

    There were a bunch of stadium dates in support of The Wall when it was released…

  16. snowbank Says:

    well done… boom 6 minutes of genius

  17. MiA Says:

    That’s right. You’re vegetarians. I’m sorry.

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Haha. Plenty to eat for us. I didnt get this pudgy from hunger 😉

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I played craigslist to get in for w00k pricing, good seats taboot.

    I knew the quote before as a student of history and politics, plus my daughter is doing a student ambassador trip this summer that Eisenhower started, been getting heavy on dwight. Han’t seen roger waters since 1977 when he chase a large metal cockroach across the stage with a”ddt” fogger.

    Thanks, mom and dad.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    n00b questions (I never really got that into Floyd)…

    Is the Wall considered to be the best album and that is why it is toured like this, or is it just the most theatrical so it makes for a better overall show?

    I always thought Meddle was the trippy one.

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I dig that AJ is comfortable with the anonymity here to share like this.

    I am a fan of the Floyd. Your question comes down to preferences and the differences between what fans prefer. Much like than answer to what an 80 year woman tastes like, Depends(TM)

    I like UmmaGumma and Piper at the Gates of Dawn for various reasons surrounnded by the words artistic license.

    Meddle is great as well.

    I have a running joke with a friend and former colleague 10 years my senior who abotu 5 years ago just heard Animals and said I should check it out, I might like it. Needless to say I pepper him on facebook about it whenever he posts about music. I am secretly hoping he unfriends me so I can add someone else I barely know. he tastes are questionable by my standards but I am not him thus I pester him all the time.

  22. angryjoggerz Says:


    I mean, I’ve never claimed to be a classic rock guy at all, but I’m not anti-classic rock either. I’ve seen the Wall in the theater and stuff, just never really connected with it. I guess I was more into the SF psychedelic dayglo kinda thing.

  23. snowbank Says:

    Turns out there was a lot of drama around the TED talk I posted…

    If Chris’s post is true, then that’s lame. Homeboy can get his message out without blackmailing TED. I would also like to hear who thinks the talk is so flawed and why… without rekindling yesterday’s discussion. Lots of heat in the youtube comments, but no fire.

    Need fresh phish.

    “I dig that AJ is comfortable with the anonymity here to share like this.” Funny. Need more funny too.

  24. snowbank Says:

    Looks like you guys are in for some fun in chicago. way to call out the BBers there. now we are going to have DHS wadding through all of our bullshit.

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    I think if the BB is the biggest threat to DHS then their work is pretty much done.

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