Phish Song Rankings: As of New Year’s 2017 (Irrational Anger Can Fuel a Post)

Honestly, I’m past anger. I’m not sure if I’m on to acceptance yet, but definitely resigned. I am resigned to the fact that there will be no Chicago stop this summer. The needle is pointing to some sort of festival in between the tour dates and Dick’s (and why does Dick’s get a yearly gig?!?) and I might try and actually work at said festival if it happens. I did the morning yoga at Magnaball and the instructor basically worked for tips. I wonder if a couple of history lectures would get some interest? (He wrote knowing the negative answer.)

I am still hopeful that some sort of fall tour will happen, bringing joy to the Midwest. I’m not sure what indoor arenas are good fits at this point. I suppose the collegiate venues in the city might work, UIC Pavillion, the new Wintrust Arena. The Allstate in Rosemont might be workable as well, but I’m not one hundred percent Phish could sell out Allstate anymore. If it were the only run of shows in the Midwest, maybe.

I get why Madison Square Garden is the preferred arena. A few others in the Northeast would be good too, Boston, Hartford and the like, but once Phish ventures outside of that region I don’t think they are a big enough act for a full blown arena tour at this point. Just thinking of the comp in Chicago, the United Center, and it would be a stretch to fill it.

So after 13 shows this summer in New York, the best possible venue for New Year’s Eve was right back at Pennsylvania Plaza. Again it’s the best place for the core of the fan base, but for those of us in various reaches of the country and who are, shall we say, financially challenged, a trip to New York is hard enough in the summer, practically impossible at the holidays.

Over the New Year’s run not a great deal of shifting in the song rankings, though some things are definitely brewing for the coming summer. Mike’s Song will probably reach 500 plays by the end of 2018. David Bowie probably won’t fall out of the top ten, but it will see more and more distance between itself and the ninth spot. The passing of David Bowie really seems to have taking the wind out of the song, which was already becoming less and less frequent. Carini might break the Top 100 and possibly 100 times played as well. Watching the Top 50 and Top 100 are where I enjoy keeping tabs the most.

Before the summer gets rolling it is time for a thorough inventory of my song ranking lists. I know at points my numbering is off and I may have missed a time played here and there. But while I’m auditing my work, I’m looking forward to sussing out a few more nuggets, which song from each album ranks the highest, which album has had it’s material played the most and whatever else I can think of while I’m working. So watch this space. Your Top 20:

As of New Year’s Run  2017

1   You Enjoy Myself – 580
2    Possum – 520
3    Mike’s Song – 494
4    Weekapaug Groove – 463
5    Bouncing Around the Room – 461
6    Golgi Apparatus – 458
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 457
8    Cavern – 445
8    Run Like an Antelope – 445
10   David Bowie – 442

11   Suzy Greenberg – 421
12   Stash – 412
12   Divided Sky – 412
14   Reba – 377
15   Runaway Jim – 376
16   Harry Hood – 371
17   Tweezer – 359
18   The Squirming Coil – 350
19   Foam – 345
20   I Am Hydrogen – 336


Phish Song Rankings New Year’s Eve 2016

I had plans to couch tour at least one of the NYE shows, but it just didn’t work itself out. There were some fantastic bust outs at the shows and I’m particularly sorry I missed the first Peaches in a long time. I am glad team Phish posted a video from the Petrichor performance. I have trouble calling it a gag because it was no joke! I found it particularly moving and it added to the depth of the song. Kind of like Time Turns Elastic, I think when I see Petrichor live it will be kind of meh. But this version is worth remembering. It was also great to hear horns again. I think every special occasion show should have some horns. Festivals, Mexico, Dicks, New Year’s, at least one show with horns. They just add so much to the sound.

As far as rankings go, bust outs don’t move the needle much really. Take my personal fave, Peaches En Regalia. It has now been played all of 82 times, moving up a spot to 118, not that big. Don’t Bogart That Joint? 2 times played works it into a 75-way tie for 432nd place. Fun to see and hear I’m sure, but on this list, just another song moving from the bottom to the not-so bottom.

I won’t call it a year until Mexico, though I know the calendar has changed. I am interested to see if the high-placed ties remain in place, namely David Bowie and Antelope at number 9 and Stash and Divided Sky at 12th. Also I’m most interested to see if we get a Reba. It hasn’t been played since Chula Vista this summer. That is a pretty long break. I’m sure Phish Stats has a way to see if this is the longest Reba drought, but even so an entire Fall tour and no Reba? Odd. See you after Mexico. Your Top Twenty:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 578
2    Possum – 515
3    Mike’s Song – 491
4   Weekapaug Groove – 460
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 458
6    Golgi Apparatus – 454
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 452
8    Cavern – 441
9   David Bowie – 440
9   Run Like an Antelope – 440
11   Suzy Greenberg – 418
12   Stash – 410
12   Divided Sky – 410
14   Reba – 374
14   Runaway Jim – 374
16   Harry Hood – 366
17   Tweezer – 356
18   The Squirming Coil – 348
19   Foam – 344
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335

Phish Song Rankings as of New Year’s Eve Weekend (12/30/15-1/2/16)

So nice to be writing about Phishy things again.  I’ll be back on the 52 shortly, but got swallowed up by a couple of things since the last post, which I’ll comment on in that specific avenue.

But the boys have played some shows this weekend! Which means something, in terms of nothing really important, but fun nonetheless.  Of the biggest headlines I would say that the top ten songs in the Phish cannon were well represented over the four shows, 9 of the 10 were played.  Golgi Apparatus was the one hold out. It demonstrated the falling out of favor that Golgi has had, but it will take a long time for it to fall completely out of the top ten.

As far as milestones go, Down with Disease has reached 250 plays while Rift is at 275. Piper reached 150 plays this past weekend.  Wingsuit hit a modest 20 times played and No Men in No Man’s Land reached a score of plays.

In the rankings, not a lot of movement in the upper reaches, but far afield Halfway to the Moon moved into the Top 200 as did Undermind.  Blaze On reached the Top 275. How Many People Are You reached the Top 350 which basically means it’s been played 4 times as of now.  Though the numbers are low, watching the newer songs jump many places with each new play is part of the fun.  After the Mexico run and that update, I’ll be going back to the font of all knowledge and making sure my numbers jibe with what is the official count.  Also, I’ll be looking at a few different things as well like what song from each studio record is has the highest ranking, what Mike song ranks the highest and things like that.  Stay tuned.  Here is the Top 50 as of 1/2/16:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 573
2    Possum – 503
3    Mike’s Song – 482
4    Bouncing Around the Room – 452
5    Weekapaug Groove – 451
6    Golgi Apparatus – 450
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 438
8    David Bowie – 436
9    Cavern – 435
10   Run Like an Antelope – 431
11   Suzy Greenberg – 412
12   Divided Sky – 403
13   Stash – 401
14   Reba – 372
15   Runaway Jim – 371 (24%)
16   Harry Hood – 354
17   Tweezer – 347
18   The Squirming Coil – 345 (22%)
19   Foam – 341 (22%)
20   I Am Hydrogen – 333 (21%)
21   Sparkle – 314 (20%)
22   The Lizards – 310
23   Split Open and Melt – 309
23  Hold Your Head Up – 309
25   AC/DC Bag – 301
26   Llama – 300
27   Maze – 296
28  Poor Heart – 295 (19%)
29   Sample in a Jar – 278
30   Fee – 275 (18%)
30   Rift – 275
32   Wilson – 261
33   Tweezer Reprise – 259
34   Down with Disease – 250
35   I Didn’t Know – 249
36   Fluffhead – 246 (16%)
37   Bathtub Gin – 243
38   My Sweet One – 241 (15%)
39   It’s Ice – 231
40   Slave to the Traffic Light – 223
41   Good Times Bad Times – 214 (14%)
42   The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony – 212 (13%)
43   Ya Mar – 209
44   Uncle Pen – 207 (13%)
44   The Landlady – 207
44   Julius – 207
47   Also Sprach Zarathustra – 204
48   Guelah Papyrus – 199 (13%)
49   Lawn Boy – 196
50   Rocky Top – 195 (12%)

I finally got my podcast working the way I’d like, so if you’d like to hear some US History presented in a lively, fun way, check it out! (warning! the first two episodes audio is not good, but by episode three, I got it!) Episode 23 is up! Get Your History On! Oh and you can get it on iTunes too!

 Get Your History On