Phish Song Rankings Vegas Fall 2016

Talk about under the wire! I wanted to be caught up through fall before the New Year’s Eve run got started and here I am, about an hour or so before showtime! By all accounts Vegas was a great run of shows, capped off with a brilliant Halloween costume of Ziggy Stardust. Of all of the Halloween shows, my favorite is still Quadrophenia is still my favorite. Not only because I was there but of all of the records covered, that was one of the most significant to my own personal rock and roll history. David Bowie falls under those artists that I wish I would have gotten into more, but I pretty satisfied with the greatest hits version of their respective cannons. Even so, it was an inspired choice and I don’t think anyone was disappointed.

As far as the rankings go, some interesting moves and shakes. The fall ended with a three way tie at the eighth spot, and it leaves me to wonder if any one of those songs will break ahead. If I had to choose I’d say Antelope would be the one.

In a bit of the rarified air, a bit of big news, Rocky Top fell out of the top 50. I would expect it to continue to fall, perhaps even during NYE. Also an expected fall, Love You slipped out of the Top 100. Again, it will probably continue to sink, especially with such common songs like Carini, 46 Days and First Tube nipping at Love You’s heels.

What seemed to be a rarity, What’s the Use? has made it into the Top 200, so not as rare as I perhaps thought. Also not particularly rare of late are a pair of songs making it to twenty individual plays are No Men In No Mans Land and Shine A Light. And finally a couple of newer songs crack the top 300 Breath and Burning and The Dogs.

Well I made it! If you are on your way to your first of four NYE shows be safe and have fun. Your Top 20!

1   You Enjoy Myself – 577
2    Possum – 514
3    Mike’s Song – 491
4   Weekapaug Groove – 460
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 458
6    Golgi Apparatus – 454
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 451
8    David Bowie – 440
8    Cavern – 440
8   Run Like an Antelope – 440

11   Suzy Greenberg – 417
12   Divided Sky – 409
12   Stash – 409
14   Reba – 374
14   Runaway Jim – 374
16   Harry Hood – 366
17   Tweezer – 355
18   The Squirming Coil – 348
19   Foam – 342
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335

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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

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