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Phish Halloween Cover Album Final Countdown

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Posted by teibs On October - 28 - 2009

phishies@ZackTeibloom We’re down to the final countdown and Phish 8 festival goers have started packing already. They’re getting their costumes together as Phish gets closer and closer to unveiling their musical costume. Wouldn’t it be cruel if they bring an album back to life or pick one that hasn’t been nominated at all? It’s fun to guess anyway. Here’s the last 15 remaining with a ranking from least to most likely.

15. Frank Zappa | Apostrophe Gail Zappa. That’s all you need to know. I’d like to see Trey talk-sing the album and shred the FZ like no other, but it’s just not gonna happen.

14. Yes | The Yes Album I don’t need a “Roundabout” way to tell you this is the only YES song most people at this fest will know. A Yes song over the weekend would be cool, but not the whole album.

13. Pink Floyd | The Wall Thankfully it got cut. Most overrated concept album ever.

12. Radiohead | Kid A Just tell me who’s singing “Idioteque.” How is this still in the running? Radiohead fans and Phish fans do not share a big middle in their venn diagram.

11. MGMT | Oracular Spectacular Are they just trying to piss fake Hitler off at this point? Phish wouldn’t cover an album a year and a half old. It’s stale for indie-rock fans. Only Simmons thinks it’s cool to like this album at this point. Moving on.

10. King Crimson | Larks’ Tongues In Aspic You know any of these songs? Me either. You gonna sing along? That’s what I thought.

9. Genesis | The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway I listened to this one for the first time tonight. Really strong album, Phish would have a unique take on it, Trey would do a surprisingly good Gabriel. Here’s how Genesis used to perform it live in 1975:

“The show began with Peter narrating the story of Rael and explaining the first side of the album for the audience. The band then played the first side of The Lamb in its entirety. Peter would then explain the second side of the album to the fans before the band played side two in its entirety. Finally Peter would explain the rest of the album through story and the band played sides three and four consecutively without interruption. Following “It” there was a brief intermission, after which the band returned to perform “The Musical Box” (with the story of Henry and Cynthia introduction that had become standard) and either “Watcher of the Skies” or very rarely “The Knife” as encores. Peter would appear in both the “old man” mask and the “bat wing and cape” costume during these numbers.”

8. Van Morrison | Astral Weeks Ranked #19 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 albums of all time, it’s a soft, gentle classic. Just not easy to dance to. “Slim Slow Spider, “Beside You,” “Ballerina,” sorry too slow.

7. David BowieHunky Dory I just adore this album and there’s a few songs that would sound pretty spectacular (Kooks, Changes, Oh You Pretty Things) but it’s too soft and songs like “Andy Warhol” and “Eight Line Poem” would bring the show to  a crawl. If they go Bowie, it’s Ziggy.

6.Led Zeppelin | Zeppelin I An absolute masterpiece and my favorite Zeppelin album of all. For some reason there’s been no buzz about this album. Why? We could start with “Good Times, Bad Times” (which they’ve done before) and end with “How Many More Times” and what would you pay to see Trey whip out a bow for “Dazed and Confused?”

5. Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland This would be the cream dream. The ultimate stereo album. You’ll hear a BOOM BOOM with reverb. BOOM. BOOM. (inaudible groaning and fuzz…) You’ll know it’s on. A minute and a half later, you’d hear three soft strums, then “Haaaaave you ever been? in falsetto” It would give Trey the most room to breathe and tear into some epic Hendrix. Nothing would be wrong with this choice.

4. David Bowie | Ziggy Stardust The album builds wonderfully from the slow “Five Years” to the “Hang on to Yourself,” Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” flourish to end it. There’s good piano parts for Page, it’s fun, “Come on, come on. We got a really good thing going.” Plus, with two Bowie albums in the final 13, you know there’s gonna be a ton of Ziggy’s in attendance.

3. Prince | Purple Rain Trey could do a mean Prince. I don’t know if Trey can do that voice all night, but he can shred like Prince. It’s an epic album that’s familiar enough, has enough sing-a-longs and funky parts to get down to. But if you’re gonna go with Prince, you have to consider the king.

2. Michael Jackson | Thriller It’s just too obvious. If you want to see Michael on Halloween, go to “This is It.” Phish is gonna go classic rock on us. Unless they can get Zombie MJ to Moonwalk across the stage, this ain’t happening. Is it?

1. Rolling StonesExile on Main Street w/ Sharon Jones

Phish has done The Beatles, The Who, The Talking Heads. Who are they missing? Hmm. I’m thinking about a band often called “The greatest live rock and roll band.” I’m thinking about Trey doing Mick. And a little Keith. I’m thinking about the Stones. Rumor has it the great Sharon Jones will join Phish for Exile on Main Street, a personal favorite of @andyshore ‘s. The rumors of horns would make it all the more perfect.

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9 Responses

  1. Jeff Said,

    Like you said Zack

    It can only be electric ladyland. It has Psychedelic spacey songs, bass solos, drum solos throughout as well as some classics Like Crosstown, Traffic, Come On, All Along the Watchtower and Trey doing a half hour Voodoo Chile like the old days when a 1/2 hour whipping post would close the show.

    Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

  2. Jeff Said,

    The Stones are great but Phish is just too talented to cover them as well as the fact that learning electric ladyland would be a challenge for the band.

    Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

  3. Hunter Said,

    Zeppelin I. Nobody’s talking about it, half of the guitar parts are acoustic, and what is Phish also practicing for?…a Sunday acoustic set… hmmmmmmm

    Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  4. Marvin Said,

    Electric Ladyland would be cool, but I’d most like to hear Kid A just because it’s hard for me to imagine them pulling it off.

    Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  5. CV Said,

    Hendrix covered Sgt Peppers 2 days after its release. What a great, early call. Phish could do the same with MGMT. It’s going to come down to which album Trey happens to love most at the moment. I’m surprised that the choice won’t be a Pavement album.

    Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 am

  6. Duder Said,

    Sorry folks but 1) Phish isn’t going to play any album they’ve already covered a song on. It’s not going to be anything on that list….Trick or Treat, right? It’s going to be the 100th album that’s killing them off.

    PS – No one wants a sing-a-long Phish show…ever. We want to see the improve greatness that is Phish.

    Have you listened to Purple Rain ever? Yep…it stinks just like it did 20 something years ago.

    Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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  8. dan Said,

    It’s Off the Wall. Cmon now, it’s already been determined 😉

    Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

  9. Eric Said,

    You are right it is exile tomorrow ! Good guess.

    Posted on October 30th, 2009 at 7:23 am

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