Thursday, February 22, 2007


I've always been quick to dismiss Phish as useless neo-hippie crap. I think most people do the exact same thing. Thing is, time and again, I'd catch footage of them playing live on some form of VH1, or I'd see Oysterhead jamming on HBO way back when, and as a guitar player, I'd have to give Trey Anastasio some credit. The dude can noodle in an admirable way. Then, a couple years back, some folks I worked with would play this song "Bouncing Around the Room" all the time and I liked it. As it turns out, the song I liked was a Phish tune. So the other day, I had it stuck in my head and I went to try and find it online. So one thing leads to another, and soon enough I realize that I own the Phish album with "Bouncing Around the Room" on it. It's one of the many in my early collection that came from ganking stuff that Columbia House sent my parents. I remember thinking it looked like the coolest CD ever, especially since the album cover was so 90's alternative.

C'mon, tell me that album cover doesn't instantly recall a time when Mtv played videos by musicians who weren't pretty. But yeah, at the time I'm pretty sure I listened to it once and didn't like it. Listening to it now though, I'm kinda getting into it. Maybe it's the deadhead that's genetically encoded into my blood, but I'm enjoying this album.

Post Script: Oysterhead is the coolest dream trio ever. You've got Stewart Copeland (of the Police), Les Claypool (of Primus), and Trey Anastasio (of Phish). That's a whole lot of P.


Why was I completely unaware until today that Desmond Dekker passed away last year? He paved the way in Jamaica for Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, and in England for bands like Madness and the Specials. Plus he was (fictionally) married to Margot Tennenbaum when she was 19. The man was the original Rudeboy icon and it really disapoints me that his passing seems to have gone largely unnoticed.


Passion of the Weiss said...

Bouncing round the room and fee are definitely phish's two greatest songs...although if you tell this to a phish fantatic they will get a homicidal glare in their eyes. It's kinda funny, I suggest trying it sometime.

Anonymous said...

fortunately I don't know too many obsessive phish fans.