2012’s Type II All-Stars

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

And here are 2012’s all-star jams. The ballots please…


“Light”—Overflowing with creativity virtually every time out, “Light” takes home the 2012 MVP trophy in a runaway contest. Beginning with AC’s “Lighteca” and ending with the Dick’s now-household version, “Light’s” improvisational campaign went unmatched by any other jam. Each rendition seemed to build on the one before until the song’s outing in Denver leaped into the conversation of all-time jams. “Light’s” 2012 season was the best by any song in the modern era.

Best Version: 9/1 Dick’s

Most Underrated Version: Alpine Valley 7/1

Other Versions of Note: 6/16 A. City, 6/23 Star Lake, 7/8 SPAC, 8/17 SF

“Tweezer”—Phish’s classic launchpad finally returned to prominence last year, stepping up its game over leg two and finishing with a bang at MSG with the defining version of 3.0. Steeped in feel-good, bliss-laden jams over the second half of summer (aside from Bill Graham’s foray into abstraction) every time “Tweezer” dropped during Leg Two, a treat ensued.

Best Version: 12/28 MSG

Most Underrated : 8/17 Bill Graham

Other Versions of Note:  6/10 Bonnaroo, 6/24 Blossom, 8/22 Kansas City, 8/26 Charlotte, 9/1 Dick’s

“Ghost”—“Ghost” came to play in 2012 and easily lands a spot on the year’s starting five. Following a breakout season debut at Worcester, “Ghost” continued to perform at a high level all year long with its two of its most profound and uplifting performances coming in Long Beach and MSG.

Best Version: 6/7 Worcester

Most Underrated : 8/15 Long Beach

Other Versions of Note:  7/1 Alpine Valley, 7/6 SPAC, 9/2 Dick’s, 12/31 MSG

“Carini”—Phish dropped three monstrous versions of “Carini” last year—Worcester, Dick’s and MSG—that all traveled in different directions illustrating the diversity of the jam. Spanning blissful ambient textures, groove based improv and dark, mindfuck abstraction, “Carini” featured some of the year’s best jamming.

Best Version: 12/30 MSG

Most Underrated: 8/31 Dick’s

Other Versions of Note: 6/7 Worcester, 6/10 Bonnaroo, 6/30 Alpine Valley

“Golden Age”—This new era cover finally broke last year after a largely contained 2011 campaign. Bursting at the seams from early in the year, the band expounded on “Golden Age” throughout both legs of summer tour. Often dipping into hard funk grooves and sometimes moving beyond, there was no shortage of highlight versions for a song that has been begging for this treatment since its Albany debut. Hopefully the band has settled on this type of improvisational role for the appropriately titled 3.0 anthem.

Best Version: 7/3 Jones Beach

Most Underrated: 8/25 Lakewood

Other Versions of Note: 6/24 Blossom, 6/30 Alpine Valley, 9/1 Dick’s

*****          *****          *****          *****


This year’s second team of jam vehicles is quite a formidable squad in its own right, illustrating the increased diversity of launchpads last year. Each of these boast definite consistency and at least one amazing version.

“Down With Disease”—Though “Disease” didn’t hold the same place of prominence as in other recent years, the song still sprouted some quality jams. Two underappreciated versions came in Cincinatti and San Francisco, and the best versions of the year—by far—kicked off the second set of 12/30 at MSG.

Best Version: 12/30 MSG

Most Underrated: 6/22 Cincinnati

Other Versions of Note: 6/29 Deer Creek, 7/7 SPAC, 8/17 SF

“Piper”—“Piper” maintained its rock solid position in the regular rotation, always containing the possibility of a significant jam and most of the time delivering.

Best Version: 6/8 SPAC

Most Underrated Version: 6/30 Alpine Valley

Other Versions of Note: 6/15 Atlantic City, 8/22 KC, 9/2 Dick’s, 12/31 MSG

“Twist”—Phish expounded on “Twist” more in 2012 than in recent years when they primarily used it as a contained jam. This song produced one of the year’s top jams with Cincinatti ominous excursion while the other standouts traveled in a more melodic and ambient directions.

Best Version: 6/22 Cincinnati

Most Underrated : 7/4 Jones Beach

Other Versions of Note: 6/15 Atlantic City, 8/29 OKC, 12/28 MSG

“Rock and Roll”—Though “Rock and Roll” remained in significant rotation, most often producing some sort of exploration, only two versions jumped off the stage—Long Beach and Pelham. Other’s provided solid chunks of jamming though probably won’t make any tour highlight reels.

Best Version: 8/15 Long Beach

Most Underrated : 8/24 Pelham

Other Versions of Note: 6/20 Portsmouth, 6/30 Alpine Valley

“Chalk Dust Torture”—”Chalk Dust” snags the fifth spot on the second team on the strength of its final three outings of summer. Building the jam in magnitude over these three versions, the band crafted one of 2012 indelible jams at Dick’s during the Fuck Your Face show.

Best Version: 8/31 Dick’s

Most Underrated Version: 8/25 Lakewood

Other Versions of Note: 8/28 St. Louis


One-Off Type II Gems:

“Roses Are Free” 6/8 Worcester,” “Birds of a Feather” 6/15 AC, “Back on the Train” 6/28 Deer Creek, “Waves” 6/28, “Fee” 7/1 Alpine Valley, “Sneakin Sally” 7/6 SPAC, “Simple” 8/18 SF, “Crosseyed” 8/19 SF, “Limb by Limb” 8/28 St.Louis, “Undermind” 8/31 Dick’s, “Runaway Jim” 8/31 Dick’s, “Sand” 9/2 Dick’s


Jam of the Day:

Crosseyed > Light -> Sally -> Crosseyed” 8.19

The signature jam sequence of 2012.



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257 Responses to “2012’s Type II All-Stars”

  1. IrieWalton Says:

    Regardless of whether or not those dates are real, close to being real, or just one person’s dream. I hope that Red Light, and the band, takes into account that those would be a large majority of their fan base’s dream tour. From multi-day runs in the midwest, Pac NW, and northeast…that would be amazing.

    In that vein and aside from griping on message boards, I wonder if there has ever been any action in the fan base to try and engage Red Light in a conversation about the band’s tour dates.

    Granted, I don’t think it would be much of a conversation, but it would be interesting to see if a conversation got any traction. Because Red Light is looking for sell outs; the fan base is looking to get dates locked in a few months in advance, the two parties come together and I think it could be mutually beneficial for all involved.

    I look at it as, hell, if 25,000 whackos can sign a Death Star petition that the White House has to seriously respond to, couldn’t an organized fan base like this one have a similar effect on Red Light if properly channeled?

    Anyway, that’s my half-cup of coffee to the head pipe dream scenario of the day for ya.

  2. BNCB Says:

    Marco that’s a good show with some ridiculous highlights. My daughters first show.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    just cued up the BGCA tweezer. can remember listening to this one soon after it happened back at the hotie w/ a few discerning BBers.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Dunno how these rumored dates stack up:


  5. marcoesq Says:

    Some other obscure-ish gems from later that tour:

    9.22 Gin, Reba
    9.23 1st set Halley’s
    9.24 Cities
    9.27 Piper>Gumbo>Ghost

  6. sumodie Says:

    Unclex2 T3, great news about your sister’s kids, congrats!

  7. marcoesq Says:

    Yeah it sounds good, robear. Definitely a bunch of highlights later on in that tour. Maybe not as many as most would’ve liked but there’s a few..

  8. kayatosh Says:

    the one-off type II gems list is a formidable collection of jams.

    BGCA tweezer — $$$.

  9. marcoesq Says:

    Love 9.17.00 from front to back. I remember that night pretty vividly..sunday night I believe and cold. Definitely my favorite show at MPP ever

  10. marcoesq Says:

    If Those dates are correct then Alpine would land on my bday. Good excuse to head uup there

  11. Litteringand Says:

    Also think that there was some real hot versions of Weekapaug this year.

  12. marcoesq Says:

    2013 would be a great year to do all of summer tour

  13. voopa Says:

    You’re right Littering, but it gets overshadowed by the total suck of Mike’s.

  14. marcoesq Says:

    Starlake Week is where it’s at

  15. kayatosh Says:

    congrats, Al. born 1:23 on 1.23.13. really? wow!

  16. Litteringand Says:

    I think some wiser than me here have called paug the new mikes

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Pretty sure no Weeks went type 2, which is what is needed to make this list.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    It’s not like red light makes tours in a vacuum. The band is def involved. Where did those dates come from? Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue :/

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    those dates look more ridiculous than the last group.

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    Re: sand. Largely a type 1 jam…dicks us really only version that is out of character. For my money, though, I’ll take worcester’s sand

  21. marcoesq Says:

    Star Lake Week went type II fo sho…wormhole style

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    There is a new list?

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    Alpine only does Sat and Sun shows, that new list has them on Fri and Sat.

  24. roberto luongo Says:

    given 98% of the time MIke is playing the same bassline or a slight variation of the same bassline always in the same key true type II Sands are pretty rare.

    it’s like Jibboo. far too based on a repetitive groove to go type II although occasionally it can occur. been loving that allstate 03 jibboo although not even sure it goes type II

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The ones Sumo linked above are new to me…

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