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. Kaveh Says:

    Bathtub..round 2…the slip-in is SO smooth.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    If you like jams you need to watch this clip… great stuff.


  3. voopa Says:

    Going for it. One of my radio idols moved to Sacto a few years ago and is looking for a co-host. I’ve been apprehensive to apply, but this place is pissing me off so much now that I have to.

    Still uncertain…resume looks a little thin for a potential morning zoo guy. Gonna take the weekend to flesh it out properly.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Go for it Voops! Best of luck

  5. El Duderino Says:

    @ G$$ if the Koch Bros. have their way then YES!

    Right to Work states – Yeah, that’s what they’re concerned about, making sure people go to work-HA!

    Funny how folks’ who no nothing about Unions at all, and that’s about all of you guys, bash it. You have NO idea what Unions have done for this country-and this is truly FACT!
    ie; MiA AW what have you

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Says the guy from the most corrupt city in the country.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    question is what are they doing for the 120,000 people without power for 12 days as the temps drop into the 20s at night? Turning away help for a workload they can’t handle as is?

    Not anti- union, but this is just about common sense and decency. These folks , out of the goodness of their heart, left their families to come up here and help and are told to turn around a go home? Disgraceful. No way around it.

  8. roberto luongo Says:

    Yo. Far from a union basher. I have some issues with the teachers union but that’s it.

    Not my scene personally. I don’t like being part of any large groups and would rather manage my own savings than be part of some unfunded pension scheme.

    but Fuck I’m not against peoples right to unionize.

    Funny. AW enemy of the union. That’s me.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Little teaser for MSG run.

    12.28.98 Wolfman’s Brother… I know Robear digs this one!


  10. jerseyjim Says:

    hello folks,
    Heading out to The Wellmont tonight for Phil and Friends. Meeting up with old crew…should be fun. If any BB are going, drop me a line at j i m b o k a p p @ g-m a i l, and i’ll gladly buy you a beer.

    live music FTW!

  11. MiA Says:

    Duder, my buddy was put into the hospital with 8 broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a punctured lung and you told me “He deserved it for being a scab”

    You know what I think of that. Don’t bait and be an asshole to people on this board.

  12. MiA Says:

    FWIW Duder, I was a member of the United Paperworkers International Union for two years in Minnesota. There are good sides and bad sides to Unions. I don’t like the bad sides.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    set aside 55 min. and watch this HD video — strain hunters in India. couple of steady tokin smart dutch guys finding the best Indian charas and “cream” and exploring the terrain and indigenous cultures.


  14. ren Says:

    Being here in NYC…I witnessed pretty much all companies and corporations putting the “rules and regulations” aside to help accommodate those in need. Whether it was letting people work from home…come and go at off hours…leave early for gas…etc.

    Apparently the unions don’t understand that certain situations call for flexibility.

    I’m pissed at the City myself right now!!!…still no cable/internet and this is why. When the trees on my block were blown over and snapped 3 telephone poles in the process a city light post was also knocked over and now lays on top of the communication wires near one of the broken poles. Verizon already came and fixed 2 of the broken telephone poles but cannot fix the last one to restore the service on the block because the City light pole hasn’t been moved off the lines yet. This light pole has also blocked any trash pick-up since the storm…garbage piling up…no thru access on the block. I was out there last night swinging from the pole trying to get it off the wires!!!!

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    Is Chicago the most corrupt city in the USA? If so, “We’re #1! We’re #1”. We also run the country, so.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    Funny how folks’ who no nothing about Unions at all, and that’s about all of you guys, bash it. You have NO idea what Unions have done for this country-and this is truly FACT!

    ^this advertisement for unions really makes me want to know more El Dude!

  17. MiA Says:

    BTW, my buddy “crossed the line” just to check on some forms they had laid out for a concrete job he was doing (his boss thought they were vandalized) so they could figure out if the project would be behind schedule or not. He did NOT actually “work” against the Union even.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    i must have a fucking 94 IQ…fucking a.

  19. MiA Says:

    Have a great weekend everyone. Except you Duder. You pissed me off for doing nothing against you. Again.

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    some absolutely wonderful and pleasant Union behavior here in Philadelphia in the recent months:


  21. MiA Says:

    I can’t watch that video gdad. Reading the description has my hands shaking over here.

  22. angryjoggerz Says:

    After this election, I for one am very ready for some “grey area”. Enough with the absolutes, they are boring and divisive. One nation under a groove.

  23. voopa Says:

    Dude has thoughtfully laid out unions’ contributions to the workforce in previous posts. And we all know about the tendency of groups like unions that get too big to abuse power and become corrupt. Let’s not rehash all that here, please?

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    that link was for El Dude @mia…and i know it’s painting one side of the picture and i think we all dont want to revisit this subject yet again but there are many stories on both sides of the coin.

    i would say, per AJ’s point above, that i’d prefer a little more grey these days. from political parties to ones take on the vegas wolfmans…having a modicum of respect for another’s beliefs is a good start.

  25. ren Says:

    Is it me…or are the only supporters of unions the actual members????

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