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Harris, please read this.
jstoney posted a topic in Analyze Phish(EDIT SINCE REPLY WONT WORK, I am actually a fan of Scott Aukerman, and want to preface this entire post by saying I am actually a fan of his and bear him no ill will or disrespect for not liking Phish. I am so desensitized to the word faggot that it could be a synonym for "square" in my vocabulary. Obviously this isn't the case for everyone, and I apologize) Harris, you've really neglected studio stuff so far in the podcasts. I know Phish is is a live band predominantly, but I think this is a huge mistake in your approach because Scott, being a huge (EDIT FOR OFFENSIVENESS: HOW'S *GOOBER*?) (endearingly), has shown himself to be more inclined to enjoy the standard 4-7 minute song format with non-improvised solos, if any. (EDIT: THIS IS NOT AN INSULT) . The studio selection of Phish is more than enough to get most any listener to at least recognize that Phish is a band with a solid selection of objectively good songs, and perhaps forge an emotional connection to some of them. I think live clips should be kept limited to either Letterman performances or very solid performances of non-jamming songs for the time being. I'm talkin' Army of One, Horn, Gumbo, maybe an exceptional but short Alumni Blues, that kinda stuff. That being said, I'm gonna go through each studio album and maybe one live show and mention the songs that are noteworthy in my opinion, in terms of swaying Scott. I'll try to keep my comments as objective as I can, but they are based on my own opinion. Farmhouse Bug - Good lyrics, good music, I'd give it a 60/40 chance in favor of him liking it. Heavy Things - Absolutely bitchin guitar solo towards the end of the song. Average to pretty good lyrics throughout Dirt - Such a good song. If the Beatles had written it people would beat off to it. Catchy as fuck, and very emotional lyrics. Inlaw Josie Wales - This song is just Trey being a boss at guitar, take it or leave it. Undermind Undermind - This one's hit or miss for Scott I would guess, but it's funky as shit and has wacky lyrics that actually make sense. Take that, bitch. The Connection - Not much special about this one, but it's a pretty good song all around. Scents and Subtle Sounds - This is such a tripping song, if you could dose him out before the show he'd probably appreciate the lyrics way more, but that's probably a long shot. Secret Smile - Great imagery and accompanying music in this one, the heartbeat thing in the studio version is a little weird but a very good song overall. Round Room Friday - He might not like the singing in this one, but the lyrics are quality, as is the musical side of things. All of These Dreams - Another lyrical powerhouse IMO, but they might seem silly to Scott. At the very least it's a pretty song musically. He'll probably bitch about the singing. The Story of the Ghost Brian and Robert - This is probably the only song on the album I wouldn't consider to be too risky to play. Very sad tune. If you've ever been a loner or depressed, you'll fuckin get this one. Billy Breathes Waste - Beautiful song, musically and lyrically. I'd be surprised if he didn't at least kind of like it. Taste - Risky song to bring up, but it could go over well, who knows. Cars Trucks Buses - This is just a fun, groovy song. If he saw it live there's no way he wouldn't move around, but the studio version is a good safe taste of it. Free - What this song loses in lyric silliness (it's only silly if you've never been on nitrous while tripping, but that's druggie talk) it makes up for in straight up catchiness and badassery in the soloing. Hoist Julius - You played this at the end of one of the shows and I don't know how Scott reacted, but it's still a great song worth mentioning again. Fuck him if he didn't like it (EDIT: OBVIOUSLY I DON'T ACTUALLY MEAN THIS PEOPLE). The 95 Letterman performance of this song is fuckin killer by the way. Down With Disease - The chorus/solo of this song is just a big ol party. Lot of fun, good lyrics as well. One of my personal favorites. Having lost family to cancer adds a good spin on it to me. Lifeboy - Possibly some of Phish's saddest lyrics, but a lovely song in any case. I think it would be hard to hate on this one. A Picture of Nectar Guelah Papyrus - Boy, this one is risky to even mention. Has an excellent groove throughout and a sweet piano/guitar fugue though. Questionable lyrics if you aren't tripping balls. If you are though, shit makes perfect sense. Stash - Lyrics in the same boat as Guelah, but otherwise this could almost be a Santana song. Magilla - This one might be seen as a little hokey, but I think it's a sweet little jazzy tune that shows off some of Phish's musical versatility. Lawn Boy Lawn Boy - Another good jazzy type tune. Lyrics are very evocative and sensual, if nothing else. Bouncing Around the Room - Classic Phish, catchy song and fun to shift your attention to the different parts of the round throughout. You played it in one episode but skipped the entire building up of the round, that's what makes the song for me, personally. Junta YEM - You know what to do. Divided Sky - I'd recommend starting this one 2 minutes in just so Nick Thorburn can't bitch about that one silly part before it actually gets awesome. Fee - Silly lyrics, but catchy ass chorus. Joy Ocelot - Fun song, if he likes it this it would also be a good one to transition him onto some longer, but manageable live jams. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan - This one's just a good old fashioned facemelter. The lyrics aren't the best but if you complain about them you're just looking for stuff to shit on. Joy - Good lyrics, good music. Pretty sure this one is at least partly about Trey's sister's cancer, so keep that in mind. Live Suggestions 7/17/13 Alpharetta - Gumbo 8/15/11 UIC - Alumni Blues Anyway, those are my song suggestions for getting Scott Aukerman to like Phish. I doubt Harris will actually read this, but that would be pretty sweet if he did and found it useful in any sense of the word. Feel free to think tank or just shit on this thread, people. I don't really care. Also get that man some proper fucking LSD for the next show he attends. None of this moon rock shit please.
digger4 posted a topic in Analyze PhishPhish has announced their summer tour and the Hollywood Bowl is scheduled for August 5th. Will Scott be joining Harris at the bowl?
Listened to All 8 Episodes Today and...
JeremyKriger posted a topic in Analyze PhishSo, I had a long drive today and these podcasts made the time fly by! Props to Harris and Scott for making me actually laugh out loud several times, which I guess is what is supposed to happen when listening to comedians, so way to do your jobs! Also, I can relate to the premise of the show because my wife hates Phish and I've tried my best to change that, but after taking her to 4 shows, she is officially done with Phish. That being said, my 3-year old twin daughters ask to hear live versions of Horse>Silent in the Morning, If I Could, Waste, and Prince Caspian every night before bed, so I guess I am doing my part to spread the word. Anyway, here are my unsolicited suggestions for getting Scott, Tom, and any other skeptics out there to like Phish. 1. Play a clip from a song with composed sections that are objectively good music. Try out the piano and guitar solos from the studio version of Rift starting at 1:30 and then if they don't like what happens at 3:58 then your mission is futile. 2. Stop playing post-hiatus Phish 3.0 jams. Everyone knows Phish was in their prime in '97 so check out the 12/30/97 Taste jam starting at around the 7:20 mark and faces are sure to melt when that jam peaks at around 8:22. Also, I know you hate on Reba jam, but check out 12/7/97 version at the 11:30 mark and then anyone who doesn't like what happens at 13:26 may never like Phish. 3. Introduce Scott and Tom to the art of the segue. Not the thing that Gordo rides on, but the smooth transitions from jam to next song. See 12-7-97 AC/DC Bag > Psycho Killer or "The Real Gin" from 12-29-95. 4. For covers, try the something that sounds different from the original like Page singing Sea and Sand (10-31-95). 5. For good Phish vocals/harmonies, try Waste or Billy Breathes. Or maybe just avoid vocals altogether. 6. For comedic purposes, you should banter over BBFCFM, Kung, and Fish singing Purple Rain >HYHU >Vacuum solo. They will definitely hate Phish even more by the time that segment is over, but at least I will laugh my ass off! Thanks again for the laughs. Looking forward to the Hollywood Bowl episode. You got Zero'd!! Jeremy
Phish Concert Quotes
TheWurstMember posted a topic in Analyze Phishmy buddy Stu LOVES Phish and I've never ever connected to their music, but this podcast made me want to go to a concert. I love a friendly atmosphere and the variety of Phish-heads that came up to Scott made it seem that much more fun. These were my top three favorite quotes: "I'm a French dude you know." "It's the fucking maze bro, you'll never get out of the maze." "Would anyone like coconut water?" I suppose it would've been entertaining if Scott lost his mind on all those substances, but I'm glad he's safe. Being that open could've put him in the hospital. I only listened to the last episode out of curiosity, and it made my day, thanks!
Jaws Episode Teased on Who Charted
agentstinky posted a topic in Analyze PhishHey if there's anyone that likes Analyze Phish that doesn't listen/hasn't listened yet to Who Charted?, you should know that on today's Two Charted, Howard Kremer revealed that he and Paul F. Tompkins recorded an "Analyze Fish," where they talked about Jaws (Howard's favorite movie), instead of Phish the band. Guess I need to finally see Jaws. (I know, I know.)