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Phish Festival 8 Halloween hype

Posted by teibs On October - 19 - 2009

phish8@ZackTeibloom Halloween is rapidly approaching. We’re at the “if you want facial hair as part of your costume, you’re going to need to start growing it now” phase of October. If a three-day Halloween Phish festival in California with wasn’t enough to hype you up, the official Phish Festival 8 Web site has been killing off the 99 potential albums Phish will cover one by one until just one remains for them to play at  7:30 on the 31st as their costume.

UPDATE 10/23: Van Halen is the first to go. It would have been fun to see Trey shred up some Van Halen, but it was a long shot.

Latest Phish cuts: Van Halen, Neil Young Tonight’s the Night, Curtis Mayfield, Superfly soundtrack, Steely Dan Pretzel Logic,The Police Ghost in the Machine, Frank Zappa Hot Rats, Miles Davis Jack Johnson, Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire

Let’s play a little process of elimination and see if we can’t make a reasonable guess here. Along the way, I’ll give a grade to every album, discuss why it will or won’t get played and hate myself for not being able to go.

Before we break it down into divisions from least likely to most likely, let’s think about what the ideal cover album would be. They’ve done this 5 times before, playing The Beatles’ White Album, The Who’s Quadrophenia, Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, The Velvet Underground’s Loaded and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. They typically go with a classic rock album with at least a few songs a Phish fan can sing along to, generally upbeat and well-known. Let’s cut out the indie-rock, slow classics and albums that just have no business being here first. Any highlighted album you can click on and listen to.

Trey doesn’t fit in that costume

Beastie Boys Hello Nasty 9.6 Imagine Trey pulling off the “make the beat … ummm… drop!” line from “Body Movin.'” Not happening.

Radiohead Kid A 9.9 Trey can’t do Thom and I don’t think he’d want to. I know too many Phish fans who hate Radiohead for them to get away with it. I pictured Trey singing “Idioteque” for a minute and “laughed until my head fell off.”

Bob Dylan Blood On the Tracks 10 They want a high-energy set. It’s a nearly perfect album, but who’s gonna dance to it?

Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road I just can’t picture a whole set of Elton John. Andy may be able to convince me otherwise, but I can’t process it.

Curtis Mayfield | Superfly Soundtrack I don’t think they have the soul or funk in them to pull this off. Please prove me wrong.

How do we sing along?

Brian Eno Before and After Science N/A Does anyone know this album, really? Eno’s the man and it would be cool, but I just don’t think it’s popular or accessible enough. Here’s an example of what you’re in for if they pick it.

Miles Davis | A Tribute To Jack Johnson Awesome that this made the list, but no way is it going to be chosen. It’s two songs. And odds are you don’t know either.

Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime Quick, name a song by Minutemen. There are 45 songs on this album. Again, you probably don’t know any.

Over Gail’s dead body:

Frank Zappa Apostrophe 9.7, Hot Rats 9.3 Look, I’d love to hear Phish play Zappa more than anyone not named Fishman. He even put out an album of his favorite FZ. The issue is Frank’s wife Gail is obsessively protective over Frank’s songs. She asked them to stop covering “Peaches in Regalia.” You know they’ll sell the CD and maybe DVD of these shows. No way they’ll put up with Gail for all that BS.

I’d pay to see the make-up:

KISS | Alive II I’d pay good money for a poster of Phish in Kiss make-up, but sadly it was cut on 10/19.

Phish Isn’t Angry Enough:

Four great albums, but I just think they’re a bit too dark and metal for Trey and co. Paging Umphrey’s. Umphrey’s McGee. We need you to costume yourselves for these albums when you can.

Not The Right Album for That Band

If they do Bowie, they’d likely do Ziggy Stardust (even though I prefer Hunky Dory, it’s too slow) that Pixies album is not one of their best even though it’s their first and there are at least five better Neil Young albums and better Police/Steely to do if they wanted to do one.

Wait, What Do They Sing?

If I hadn’t listened to all these bands in rock 70s/80s I wouldn’t know anything about them. How can they expect the casual fan to? Love to T.Rex though.


I don’t know how to sort these. They’re either too proggy or horny or soft, but I can’t quite cross them off. Expect to see a bunch of these get cut in the next week, but don’t be shocked if one sneaks through. If I had to pick one off this list, I’d go with London Calling. Maybe Boston.

Hitler wouldn’t like it

MGMT | Oracular Spectacular 8.9 The only indie thing at this festival is Indio, California. Not happening. Fake Hitler won’t stand for it. “Anyone who has ever sung along to that shitty “kids” song leave now…”


I think any album from here on has a legit chance. They’re hard rock enough, fast paced enough, and dog gone it, people like them. They have all the elements we’re looking for. They’re contenders.

The AC/DC Bag: 9.5

AC/DC | Back In Black Something intriguing about AC/DC in the mix. Not just because they play their own AC/DC bag. It’s some monster hits they’ve already tackled and it fits their sound surprisingly well. Let’s just hope Trey dresses up in the school boy outfit.

The Frankenstein

Michael Jackson Thriller 9.8* It’s almost too obvious, isn’t it? Why would they go through this hoopla just to pick the easiest album of all? Then again, why not?! It’s the year of MJ.

The Heavy Weights:

These 10 seem like the cream of the crop. Any one of them would be a perfect costume. I’ll write-up an analysis for each as we get closer or if one gets eliminated, but this is getting a bit long as it is. Who do you think will be chosen? Who do you want?

  • Pink Floyd | The Wall
  • Van Halen | Van Halen 9.4
  • Nirvana | Nevermind 9.7
  • Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers 9.8
  • 2. Bruce Springsteen | Born To Run
  • Jimi Hendrix | Are You Experienced? 9.8

The Favorites

5. David BowieZiggy Stardust

4. Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland 10

3. Prince Purple Rain

2. Led Zeppelin I

1. Rolling Stones | Exile on Main Street 10

Fatalities (Chronological)

  1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Damn The Torpedoes
  2. Medeski, Martin & Wood | Shack Man
  3. Huey Lewis And The News | Sports
  4. Talking Heads | Fear Of Music
  5. Leonard Cohen | I’m Your Man
  1. Velvet Underground | Velvet Underground And Nico
  2. The Who | Who’s Next
  3. The Beatles | Rubber Soul
  4. White Stripes | Elephant
  5. Ween | White Pepper
  1. Fleetwood Mac | Rumours
  2. Primus | Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
  3. Allman Brothers Band | Eat A Peach
  1. Manu Chao | Clandestino
  2. Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  1. The Roots | Phronology
  2. Tom Waits | Rain Dogs
  3. Eagles | Hotel California
  4. Jane’s Addiction | Ritual de Lo Habitual
  5. BeeGees | Saturday Night Fever
  1. fIREHOSE | Flyin’ the Flannel
  2. X | Los Angeles
  1. Peter Gabriel | So
  1. Bob Seger | Against The Wind
  2. David Bowie | Scary Monsters
  3. Elvis Costello | This Year’s Model
  4. Bob Dylan & the Band | The Basement Tapes
  1. Neil Young | Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  1. Duran Duran | Rio
  2. Michael McDonald | If That’s What It Takes
  3. Pink Floyd | Meddle
  1. John Lennon | Plastic Ono Band
  2. Pork Tornado | Pork Tornado
  1. Queen | A Night At The Opera
  2. The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds
  1. Arcade Fire | Funeral
  2. Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  3. Violent Femmes | Violent Femmes
  4. Hall & Oates | Private Eyes
  1. The Ramones | Ramones
  2. ZZ Top | Tres Hombes
  3. Creedence Clearwater Revival | Green River
  1. Aerosmith | Toys In The Attic
  2. Led Zeppelin | IV (Zoso)
  3. Grateful Dead | American Beauty
  4. Devo | Freedom of Choice
  1. Eric Clapton | 461 Ocean Blvd
  2. U2 | Joshua Tree
  3. Journey | Escape
  4. Pearl Jam | Ten
  1. The Doors | The Doors
  2. Rush | Moving Pictures
  1. Love | Forever Changes
  2. Guns & Roses | Appetite For Destruction
  3. Beastie Boys Hello Nasty

  1. KISSAlive II
  2. Bob DylanBlood On the Tracks
  3. Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced?
  1. Blind FaithBlind Faith
  2. PixiesCome On Pilgrim
  3. The BandThe Band (aka Brown Album)
  4. Metallica | Master Of Puppets
  1. Frank ZappaHot Rats
  2. Miles DavisA Tribute To Jack Johnson
  3. Rage Agaist The Machine | Evil Empire
  4. The PoliceGhost In The Machine
  1. Curtis MayfieldSuperfly Soundtrack
  2. Steely Dan | Pretzel Logic

  1. Curtis MayfieldSuperfly Soundtrack
  2. Steely Dan | Pretzel Logic
  3. Neil Young | Tonight’s The Night
  1. Van Halen | Van Halen
  1. Modern LoversThe Modern Lovers
  2. Brian EnoBefore And After Science
  3. The ClashLondon Calling
  4. NirvanaNevermind
  1. Black SabbathParanoid
  2. BostonBoston
  3. AC/DCBack In Black
  1. Rolling StonesSticky Fingers
  2. Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road
  3. T.RexElectric Warrior
  4. ChicagoThe Chicago Transit Authority
  5. MinutemenDouble Nickels On The Dime
  1. Television Marquee Moon
  2. Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run

Weekend schedule:

Friday, October 30th, 2009

  • 7:30PM – Set 1
  • 10:00PM – Set 2

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

  • 3:00PM – Set 1
  • 7:30PM – The Halloween Set
  • 10:00PM – Set 3

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

  • 12:00PM – Acoustic Set
  • 5:30PM – Set 2
  • 8:30PM – Set 3

Big thanks to for their compilation of most of this information

10 Responses

  1. Rob O'Connor Said,

    I don’t think they will do anything from a band they have already covered or anything with a song they are already known for. That means you can cross off The Wall and Purple Rain.

    Honestly, my guess is that they do something that isn’t on the wall at all. Final day the pictures all fall and up pops Paul Simon- Graceland.

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

  2. kp Said,

    Intersting article. I heard rumor that it will be the Minutemen, but as you mentioned, noone knows it and that would suck.

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

  3. kp Said,

    yeah, It’s surprising that Graceland didn’t pop up as one of the 99. Especially with the Giant Country Horns, it would kill/

    Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced ate it today

    Posted on October 20th, 2009 at 7:43 am

  4. Jeff Said,

    Trey loves Hendrix and he is one of the few who could pull off either experienced or ladyland. If you look at the ladylady cover, you see “find fishman” in the pic.

    Posted on October 20th, 2009 at 7:59 am

  5. kp Said,

    Dylan- Blood on the Tracks, Blind Faith, and The Band died as well

    Posted on October 20th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

  6. Xander Said,

    It’s gonna be Yes. I’ve allways dreamed of Phish Playing Roundabout…

    Posted on October 21st, 2009 at 11:12 am

  7. Crazy Gary Said,

    I am going to fest 8 from Kentucky. If you have not seen the map of the campsite, i would look that up even though it has been yanked off of most sites. It is way too detailed to be a fake. The remaining albums at the end are the names of the camp sites. They are:
    Kid A, Exile on Main Street, Electric Ladyland, The Lamb Lays down on Broadway, Purple Rain, Hunky Dory, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Oracular Spectacular. I know they are not going to play king crimson because that album sucks. I pray they will not play Genesis because I hate Phil Collins. I heard early on that it was going to be MGMT but I don’t see how it could be anything but the stones.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 am

  8. Jeff Said,

    No doubt Phish will play Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix. Jimi is a huge influence on trey. 2nd choice would be David Bowie’s Ziggy. Radiohead Phish is too old to be influenced by them in any degree, Stones are plain bad luck, remember altamont? Purple Rain has been covered for years. Genesis hasn’t influenced anybody, MGMT is a joke, Already covered Pink Floyd, Nirvana just plain too negative for phish. The LONGshot choice is Thriller which would be really cool for halloween, but will they have the horns? And Phish used to jump on trampolines so I could see them doing a dance routine for laughs.

    Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 11:36 am

  9. Jeff Said,

    How about thriller on halloween and electric ladyland as the last set of the weekend! and then trey doing star spangled banner !

    Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 11:38 am

  10. Festival Crashers » Blog Archive » Phish Festival 8: Complete Guide Said,

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