Election Music

One Nation Under a Groove (Thepin Stash)

Not to trivialize today’s important election, but if you’re a fan of great Phish, there is really only one choice. Just look at recent history. Bill Clinton took office in 1993, the beginning the band’s first peak era. Clinton served two terms through 2000, watching over’s Phish’s glory years, and at the end of his term, Phish called it quits for the first time. George W. Bush, arguably the biggest buffoon to ever sit in the Oval Office, was sworn in at the beginning of 2001 and served two terms during which the band managed to crank out merely 1 and 1/2 years of opiate-laced jamming in ’03 and ’04. Enter Barack Obama in 2009. Less than two months after the Democratic victor was inaugurated, Phish came back at Hampton Coliseum and entered the Golden Age of their career, playing their tails off for the last four years. So here we are at the political crossroads of 2012. Under a Democratic White House, we experienced ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’09, ’10, ’11, and ’12. Under a Republican watch, the band came into their own during the late ’80s and early ’90s, and graced us with ’03 and half of ’04. Those are the facts—and the choice is yours. Vote wisely, my friends!

On Election Day 2012, I bring you three choice cuts from each of the past four years. And here’s to four more years of Democratic Phish!


Bathtub Gin” 8.7.09 II, Gorge


46 Days” 8.15.09 II, Merriweather


Back on the Train” 12.30.09 II, Miami



Simple” 8.6.10 II, Greek Theatre


Reba” 10.19.10 E, Augusta, ME


Ghost” 12.31.10 II, MSG



Down With Disease” 6.3.11 II, Clarkston, MI


Rock and Roll -> Meatstick” 8.5.11 II, Gorge


Tweezer” 9.3.11 II, Denver, CO



Twist” 6.22.12 II, Cincy


Undermind” 8.31.12 II, Denver, CO


Light” 9.1.12 II, Denver, CO



…With Liberty and Justice For All (Seeyoutheredesigns)

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1,028 Responses to “Election Music”

  1. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @miner- fun post. i will vote today, for sure. two fucking clowns, but i think one clown is a bit more disturbing than the other. fuck the two party system.

  2. Shred Says:

    Bigger Government and More Taxes- Go Obama.

  3. Michael Kang Says:

    Hilarious, Shred!

  4. Kaveh Says:

    Excellent stats today @Miner! Love it.

    Needless to say, get out and vote today; it is your right.

  5. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Chooooooooom gang!

  6. willowed Says:

    If I stare into the american flag at the top of Miner’s post, I start to trip out.

  7. Al Says:

    Thanks @ mitch and headybrosevelt
    I’ll Check those Shows…

  8. ren Says:

    Politics and Phish don’t belong in the same statement…kind of like chatting it up in the middle of a deep SAND groove.

    2013 will be a big year for the band. This will have nothing to do with politics. FACT

  9. phoammhead Says:

    lol, willowed. yeah, that flag and caption beneath it is the shiz!

  10. PaulJ Says:

    I was in the house, Knoxville, 11/6/96. Thanks for reminding me!. Not a bad show, and I remember the second set being pretty good. The old smoke machine was crazy during Mike’s, completely obscuring the band from our floor vantage point.

    I haven’t listened to the tape in forever, but I think this is the visit to Knoxvegas where they’d spent a couple of days before the show. Before the encore, Trey thanks everybody for a good time, including a shout out to Cup-a-Joe’s, and then says “we just can’t resist”, before jumping into Rocky Top.

    Man, I haven’t thought about that show in years.

  11. Steve P. Says:

    11/6/98 was solid show, with a crazy Split, plus the naked dude that ran on stage, changing the Carini lyrics….warm up for UIC

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    Went to vote, only one other person there, had about 20 empty machines. I got to use the electronic voting, much easier. People 5 blocks away waiting one hour to vote. I guess this is one benefit of living in an area with a high percentage of transient and mentally ill people.

  13. sumodie Says:

    Cast your vote!

    (Or just empower those on the other side by not voting)

  14. Dr Pronoia Says:

    14th anniversary of that Madison show, my first. I feel old

    Exit polls suggest…MSG will slay

  15. tzara's Says:

    @Al 2/13/70. Maybe best show ever level IMO.

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Pretty civilized experience at the gas station just now. 25 minute wait. Folks had there shit down, efficiently in and out. Never been so cool with paying $4.05 for a gallon of gasoline.

  17. sumodie Says:

    We still use paper ballots in my town of 1,850. Very old fashioned and i love it. Never a line.

    Miner, great post, thnx

    Vote early, vote often!

  18. MiA Says:

    Sadly, I don’t think this decision will be determined for a couple weeks. I think both sides are preparing to settle this out in court, and we have 7+ states that are “Florida 2000” type situations.

    Ohio and it’s “absentee ballot” voting will be of interest in the next weeks. Luther T. probably could tell us all about it.

    I agree with this assessment.


  19. joe Says:

    Cast my (paper and marker bubble) vote for Medical Marijuana. About the only thing I felt good about. Now we wait for about 20 years here to get it enacted. Palms greased and redtape cut. At least we already have a decriminalization law on the books. 100 dollar Fine for anything under a z. Some cute Milfs at the polls this am too

  20. Phlorida Phan Says:

    headin to the polls……Tweezer 4 Prez!

  21. voopa Says:

    willowed- check the full size version. Almost desktop worthy.

  22. Kaveh Says:

    Tried to think of election music…and then 11.02.85 Set II rolling…

    ….Throwing Stones.


  23. plord Says:

    In and out of voting in VT in like 5 minutes. Paper ballots, #2 pencils, more volunteers than people in line, row of booths with ancient ragged curtains, school bake sale outside. Write-in candidates for things like Justice of the Peace out holding their own signs.

  24. phoammhead Says:

    me, too, headin’ to the polls . . . kinda like steppin’ into the freezer . . . let’s do this!

  25. Kaveh Says:


    @MrC recommended this show and very high on the Morning Dew from this show. And after a couple of spins through said Dew….I concur….it’s a ripper!

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