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. MiA Says:

    Probably the DHS, NSA, FBI, CIA and DEA.

    I realized I just typed $350B/yr of Government Federal Organizational spending that are there to “protect” us from ourselves.

  2. lumpyhead Says:

    ^ yeesh.

  3. MiA Says:

    Looking forward to seeing/hanging with you in August Lumpy.

  4. Mr palmer Says:

    All tuned up and ready for scratch w/ Mango.

  5. joe Says:

    UIC wolfman’s on jamon treating me nicely. (As well as the cheap whiskey and schwaggy weed).

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    I am out with heads at a college bar seeing a dead cover band. Meeting one of my old GD tour friends. I love the friendship benefit of this whole scene. Yards Philly pale in hand. Calpain comin thru…

    Bob D and palms – enjoy scratch!

  7. butter Says:

    @William H – yes, huge Irony that these stadiums RWaters is performing the Wall in are as corporate as it gets, along with the high ticket prices and huge production

    so yes i agree its meaning has changed since he originally wrote it

    but hey, i’m not going to hate on someone for cashing in on their artwork

  8. Robert Champion Says:

    Hey everyone

    I have two extra Alpine Valley tickets night two Row PP center right – I want to trade for a pav ticket to each night of Noblesville – Any leads? Hit me up @ – would love to help a black boarder out.

  9. xpun Says:

    aj- never got into their older stuff with syd barrett, but of the albums i know

    dark side is of course one of the most famous albums of all time, whatever thats worth, i love that album, us and them until the end of the album is one non stop journey, ive always said i want brain damage/eclipse to be the soundtrack to my death. not what i was on when i figured that out or why the thought has stuck with me

    animals is an amazing album, really just three long tracks bookended by two verses to shorter song. pigs and sheep are worth checking out. vida blue covered sheep a bit

    meddle has some amazing moments, but some filler as well, fearless is much more of of a traditional song in structure and length and just a great song. echoes was the entire b side to that album and is one of my fav floyd songs, it gets out there spacey sound effect storage type stuff

    if i absolutely had to pick a favorite though i would go with wish you were here. shine on you crazy diamond both lyrically and musically is phenomenal. we once listened to this album 5 times in a row on an overnight drive between further shows because the cd was on repeat and the fade out of the 2nd half of shine on would lead perfectly into the fade in of the first part. we sang along and went nuts each time never realizing we were listening to the same couple songs the whole damn night.

  10. xpun Says:

    not so much disagreeing but……..

    i always got the impression that waters wasn’t so much anti-capitalism anti selling out as just really pro art.

    i know ive read/seen things about him fighting with fans for talking or saying they were too stupid to “get” his music. i think they had these very thought out setlists on tours that weren’t so much about selling records but making these great soundtracks for the evening. if people would yell out for one of the hits it would infuriate him that they weren’t getting it

    ive only seen him play once, and in 98/99?, he opened with the start of the wall album -in the flesh on through mother- in the middle of mother it was raining so hard they had to stop. 2 hrs later they came back counted it off and launched right back into the solo on mother. i always thought it was a shit move. but realized that his touring band probably only knew that specific setlist. they couldn’t mix it up and really treat us for waiting it out. then all those years later phish did the same thing in atlanta – now that really threw me, at least it was mound though 😉

  11. xpun Says:

    sorry ill try to keep this one shorter and not eat up so much of the bb

    i got to thinking when writing the above mini review of the floyd albums how they were similar in a way to the phish discography in that they had a lot of long pieces with multiple movements and at times jammy along with some quirky shorter stuff on their earlier albums but gradually moved towards more traditional length more “pop” stuff song wise.

    another band that went from long composed pieces that really engaged and then shifted to more radio friendly tracks……metallica

  12. MiA Says:

    Spun, got mail. Thanks man. Really great to get me a pair of tickets to bgcc. Look forward to meeting you.

    Really agree with your pink Floyd thoughts.

    One of the things I liked about Meddle was how diverse it is. I love San Tropez, and Seamus and Fearless, and they are all so different.

  13. MiA Says:

    Spun, got mail. Thanks man. Really great to get me a pair of tickets to bgcc. Look forward to meeting you.

    Really agree with your pink Floyd thoughts.

    One of the things I liked about Meddle was how diverse it is. I love San Tropez, and Seamus and Fearless, and they are all so different.

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  16. xpun Says:

    mia – right back at you, you get good reviews around here 😉

    the thing that really strikes me about floyd, and phish, is they can write these great songs in so many different styles. mark of true musicians, they don’t play any one certain type of music because its what they know how to, they can play however they want to make the sound/feel they want

    i guess ween has done that as well although i dont know a whole lot about them, probably others

  17. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Voopa check your information you posted and u will see no stadium dates….

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

    Have to get up early in the morning to school me on Pink Floyd…

    The original idea was to tour the wall in the “Slug”

    “More than a year before the tour, in late 1978, Fisher had worked on plans for the construction of the wall and on the studies for The Slug. If the theme of The Wall was alienation, it made a kind of sense to stage the shows in alienated environments, such as ugly, derelict city fringe sites or wastelands, or to create an alien environment in the countryside. The Slug was a 100 meter (330 foot) long inflatable venue which could be delivered flat, and blown up and supplied with services from container trucks parked outside. The show could go on – then move, packed up in trucks, to the next venue. It was eventually abandoned because of the problems of licensing temporary wasteland sites. “

  18. William H. Bonney Says:

    Certainly not hating on Roger, one of my favorite’s. Have been grateful to have him back in the fold since his return in 1999…..

    Amused to Death is my favorite solo roger effort by a long shot.

  19. William H. Bonney Says:

    @AJ Roger is touring the wall now because he has already toured the Dark Side of Moon and played 90% of his other old material over the last few tours.

    “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 would say best floyd tour was 1975. Opening set included Shine On you crazy diamond I-IX Have a Cigar/You got to be crazy (early verison of Dogs) Raving and Drooling (early version of Sheep) Set II DSOM and Echoes encore

  20. William H. Bonney Says:

    “At the very end of the last performance of Animals in July 1978, Roger Waters spat contemptuously over the rioting front rows of the Montreal audience. He had flipped, severely stressed out by a long tour during which he had become increasingly depressed by the impossibility of establishing any musical relationship with huge stadium audiences. By the end of the year he had enlisted Mark Fisher and the brilliantly scabrous cartoonist Gerald Scarfe to work on the design of his new show. Its theme was the alienation of the rock star from his audience, symbolized by the building of a wall right across the stage. “

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Billy The Kid has made todays 420th comment. Weed. Its whats for dinner.

  22. jdub Says:

    What up BB Massive! Been lurking between 2 jobs and family. Getting quite excited about this here Woosta kickoff. Gonna be a big ole family reunion. Right in my backyard.

    Did Floyd ever jam live? Echoes could go places.

    Echoes + final chapter of 2001 is quite interesting. Worth trying if you haven’t already.

    As far as Floyd albums… Meddle holds a certain place in my pantheon. Something about the juxtaposition of those tunes just works for me. Start to finish.

  23. Robear Says:

    William H Bonney! My man!

    ::throws on ‘The Wall’ LP::

  24. jdub Says:

    BB never fails on the music knowledge front. Or any knowledge really…

    Love it.

  25. xpun Says:

    so many extras for ac on craigslist, ebay, stubhub, etc

    wonder how low they’ll go???

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