Phish Song Rankings: The Rest of the Baker’s Dozen “What Hath God Wrought?”

What else can be said? I’m late to the game about the Baker’s Dozen, I know. I tend to be late to most games when you get down to it. It’s probably why I’d make a pretty shitty reporter. No time to digest, or better said, digest and respond quickly. Just not my style.*

*of course my style isn’t the way to get ahead of the game in a writing career. Not a lot of people are waiting to hear from a middle-aged sort of academic.

And after the Baker’s Dozen, there was a lot to digest. Oy. I’m sure you’ve seen the numbers, 26 sets, 237 songs, no repeats. If you’ve made this Phishy blog part of your reading, you’ve probably seen all the other little nuggets too, about bust outs, rarities, song lengths and all of that wonderful minutia.

But the numbers I look at don’t get into all of that. The 30 minute Lawn Boy is the same as every other Lawn Boy on the big list. A bust out of a song not played for years, just adds one more to the tally. It’s pretty likely we won’t hear those songs for a while, back to the non-circulating section of the library.

I was going to break up the Baker’s Dozen like the band did, the weekends as separate posts, the week day shows as their own thing, but it was after the Tuesday “Jam-filled” show that I just…couldn’t. I bought the show and I just wanted to enjoy it, all of it. For the remaining shows, I just wanted to listen when I could, speculate what would be played for each theme, and just geek out more generally with all things Phish.

The rankings, as you might imagine, didn’t change much, considering in 13 shows nothing was repeated. Kind of like the little league version of a Phish run, everybody got an at bat. Still some songs hit milestones and some movement still occurred, especially in the farther reaches of the list.

I know it might seem like more (and after my long awaited audit, it might be) but Character Zero hit 200 performances during the run. Silent In the Morning hit 175 and Buried Alive reached 150. Guyute reached 125, tying it with Famous Mocking Bird and Colonel Forbin. I’m not sure why those songs being bunched together pleases me, but it does.

Three songs moved into the Top 200, Ha Ha Ha, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing and Meat. As the years and tours roll by (here’s to many more) some fan favorites will be tumbling out of the Top 200, notably Purple Rain. I loved when Fishman came out for that.

It may be hard to believe, but Ass-Handed has already been played 9 times. I’m sure of the sell-by date on this one, but I don’t see it making much more progress. Another prediction, the Top 400 will soon be up for a major reshuffle as there are 36 songs tied for 399th. Once that tie gets broken and another song moves up, the rest tumble to 401 and falling.

I doubt Phish will do another residency and I kind of hope they don’t. This was amazing, special and, I hope, solitary. Sometimes we don’t need a sequel. Sometimes it’s just great to sit back, and wonder “did it not seem real?”

Baker’s Dozen last 10 shows Summer  2017


1   You Enjoy Myself Р579
2    Possum Р518
3 ¬†¬†¬†Mike’s Song – 492
4   Weekapaug Groove Р461
5   Bouncing Around the Room Р460
6    Golgi Apparatus Р457
7    Chalk Dust Torture Р455
8    Cavern Р443
8   Run Like an Antelope Р443
10   David Bowie Р442

11   Suzy Greenberg Р419
12   Stash Р412
12   Divided Sky Р412
14   Runaway Jim Р376
14   Reba Р375
16   Harry Hood Р369
17   Tweezer Р358
18   The Squirming Coil Р350
19   Foam Р345
20   I Am Hydrogen Р335


Phish Song Rankings: Baker’s Dozen 1-3

These shows are coming fast and furious! I know I’m behind a bit, but I’ll catch up. What is amazing is in real time, six shows in and no repeats. I’m pretty sure they are going the distance.

But back to the first weekend of the residency. We are getting some great debuts and as soon as the theme approach to all of the dates, guessing what is coming is half the fun. In the first three shows, five debuts. Over the course of the shows, I’ll keep a tab on this.

As far as milestones met, The Squirming Coil reached 350 performances. Other than that, as far as numbers go, nothing really of note happened. What’s more, without any repeat performances of material, any one song making a significant move is pretty slim. On the flip side of that is the fact that the “heavy” rotation songs will likely only get one play so some songs that don’t normally get stretched out will be getting the jam treatment (no foreshadowing here ūüôā

The Top Twenty remains unchanged:

1   You Enjoy Myself Р578
2    Possum Р517
3 ¬†¬†¬†Mike’s Song – 491
4   Weekapaug Groove Р460
5   Bouncing Around the Room Р459
6    Golgi Apparatus Р456
7    Chalk Dust Torture Р454
8   Run Like an Antelope Р442
8    Cavern Р442
10   David Bowie Р441

11   Suzy Greenberg Р419
12   Stash Р411
12   Divided Sky Р411
14   Runaway Jim Р375
14   Reba Р375
16   Harry Hood Р368
17   Tweezer Р358
18   The Squirming Coil Р350 Woot! 350!
19   Foam Р345
20   I Am Hydrogen Р335