Phish Song Rankings as of Grand Prairie Fall 2016

Another two night stop on the Fall tour. As much as I pine for a throwback style fall tour with indoor venues and cold winter nights, these two night stops through the more clement weather is a vicarious way to extend the summer to those of us fighting off the cold. Though that is about impossible right now here at Kaufmak Central, negative digits abound the last few days.  After listening to the Helping Friendly Podcast reflect on December 1997, I can’t help but think of those great shows and wish for a chance to see something similar.

It might not be as far off as all of that though. The rumor mill seems to be under the impression that Fishman is in need of shoulder surgery and it could impact Summer 2017. Perhaps making way for a killer Fall 2017? A twenty year anniversary of sort of 1997 and Phish Destroying America? Though, I don’t think they could book the college campuses of yore, nor do I think large arenas like Auburn Hills are in the offing anymore. I think those days are gone for good. But maybe smaller venues, say of the 1994 vintage. Slightly larger than theaters, but not professional basketball arenas either. I must admit, a return to the UIC Pavilion (yes, ironic, college and basketball, but not the United Center and more of a Chicago venue than say, State College PA) would be fantastic.

But that is conjecture and very wishful thinking on my part. In the here and almost now, Phish played a couple of shows in Texas and judging by the reviews, especially night two, not the best shows of tour. I won’t be joining in those debates, just the numbers for now. The most interesting number is 100. That is how many times Backward Down the Number Line has been played. It is, if memory serves, the first post breakup song to hit that mark. It also gives me another note to investigate in the winter/spring project after this year’s Mexico sets. Stay tuned.

Of note from these two shows is that Breath and Burning has moved up into the top 300, pretty quick for such a new song. Two stalwarts of Phish, Chalk Dust Torture and Poor Heart reached milestones 450 and 300 times played respectively.  That three-way tie I mentioned last time? Yeah, it’s over as David Bowie moved up to sole possession of eighth place. Next up: Vegas and a lot of new songs. For now, your Top 20:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 577
2    Possum – 513
3    Mike’s Song – 491
4   Weekapaug Groove – 460
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 457
6    Golgi Apparatus – 453
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 450 450 times played!
8    David Bowie – 440
9    Cavern – 439
9   Run Like an Antelope – 439

 

11   Suzy Greenberg – 416
12   Divided Sky – 409
13   Stash – 408
14   Reba – 374
14   Runaway Jim – 374
16   Harry Hood – 365
17   Tweezer – 354
18   The Squirming Coil – 347
19   Foam – 342
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335

Phish Song Rankings As Of Nashville Fall 2016

A bit of a quick take this time around, what with the Thanksgiving holiday and all. But I got the counting done on the Nashville shows and wanted to post the update sooner rather than later. I’m trying to be a busier writer these days. I know, I know I’ve said such things before, but well, my existential crisis over writing and such things seems to be lifting a bit. The realization being, I really like writing. The medium doesn’t mean a great deal, though online seems to be the medium of the moment. As I’ve milled around a bit though, thinking about career and such things, it’s pretty apparent, writing, teaching and learning are my sweet spots. We’ll see where this goes.

As far as where Phish went while visiting the country music capital of the world, not a lot of surprises or landmarks reached, except for one really big surprise on the first night in Nashville. That surprise being Bob Weir sitting in during much of the second set. For me and my Bobby tastes, they couldn’t have picked better songs, Samson and Delilah and Playin in the Band are two of my favorite Bob Weir tunes. Throw in an Estimated Prophet and I would have probably fainted. It was very cool that Bobby played on some of the Phish songs as well and I can’t wait to hear his version of Miss You. Age has given Bobby a certain depth to his voice that I always thought was lacking when he was younger. (written like a stereotypical Jerry fan, I know.)

A couple of things of note occurred from Jacksonville through Nashville. Lawn Boy was played for the 200th time. The Wedge reached the Top 100 and Breath and Burning broke into the Top 300. Though it doesn’t take much, two songs, Petrichor and Waking Up Dead rose to the Top 400. Sure it only takes 3 plays at this point to make it to that number, but considering how many songs haven’t even made it that far it’s still an interesting note. Running Out of Time made its debut. Your Top 20 remains unchanged:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 577
2    Possum – 512
3    Mike’s Song – 490
4   Weekapaug Groove – 459
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 457
6    Golgi Apparatus – 453
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 449
8    David Bowie – 439
8    Cavern – 439
10   Run Like an Antelope – 438
11   Suzy Greenberg – 416
12   Divided Sky – 408
13   Stash – 407
14   Reba – 374
15   Runaway Jim – 373
16   Harry Hood – 365
17   Tweezer – 354
18   The Squirming Coil – 347
19   Foam – 341 (22%)
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335