Phish Song Rankings As Of North Charleston Fall 2016

Fall tour! There was a time when those words meant so much more. More shows and more travel, at least for me. Fall tours weren’t just continuations/opportunities to hit areas of the country that the band hadn’t hit in any given year. For instance, I saw my first show in the summer of 1994. I saw my next three shows that same fall, all in Michigan, all within an hour or so from my home base in East Lansing, one even in East Lansing.

After the first hiatus, fall tours were a little less of a full blown tour, but more like the iteration we have now. Also, the fall tours of the 1990s had more of a college presence. As the 2000s dawned, especially 3.0 and beyond, Phish just isn’t a college band any more. When I was introduced to Phish, I was in grad school, so I was lucky to still be on a campus. Now the market is more or less the general population and really devoted fans. The urgency to get into younger markets just isn’t there. I need to take some stats courses and run some surveys at Phish shows to see a better demographic look at the audience, but I digress.

Back on point, Fall tour got started in October in North Charleston, SC and the biggest news was the debut of new material from Big Boat. I still haven’t heard the new material. To be honest, I usually get a new album right away, listen to it for a spell and then pretty much forget I have it. The only reason I know I bought Fuego is because I have a bitchin framed print of the album cover in my office. Anyway in the opening run, four songs from the album made their first appearance. As I continue to through the fall, I’ll keep an eye on who takes the lead from the new stable.

Other interesting tidbits: No Man In No Man’s Land pushed into the Top 250 and Funky Bitch fell out of the Top 50. With four debuts and when you think about it, a lot of output over the past few years, only two songs from the Top 20 were played in North Charleston. If this shows nothing else, despite the audience skewing older, Phish is a long way from being a nostalgia act. Your Top 20:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 577
2    Possum – 512
3    Mike’s Song – 489
4   Weekapaug Groove – 458
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 456
6    Golgi Apparatus – 453
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 448
8    David Bowie – 439
9    Cavern – 438
10   Run Like an Antelope – 437

11   Suzy Greenberg – 415
12   Divided Sky – 408
13   Stash – 406
14   Reba – 374
15   Runaway Jim – 373
16   Harry Hood – 364
17   Tweezer – 353
18   The Squirming Coil – 347
19   Foam – 341 (22%)
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335

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