Phish and Related Artists · 1985
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Doolin's
Burlington
VT

Slave To The Traffic Light, Mike's Song > Dave's Energy Guide, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues > Letter To Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, Prep School Hippie, Run Like An Antelope
This was Phish’s sixth show and either the 1st or 2nd Doolin’s show (records always reflected this as the second but there is no record of the first). Note that Doolin’s shows were Thursday night happy hour but this date was a Friday. Doolin’s was located on Main Street near the Flynn Theatre in a space now occupied by Reuben James. If the setlist is dated correctly, this show featured the 1st known (public) performances of: Mike’s Song, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues, Letter To Jimmy Page, Prep School Hippie and Run Like An Antelope. However this setlist may belong to 2/3/86 Hunt’s, leaving 2/1/85 a date without a show (see 2/3/86) and all these debuts occurring at their next confirmed performances. In any regard, Mike has confirmed that he wrote Mike’s Song around this time in his Wilks dorm at UVM using reel-to-reel 4-track.

Doolin's
Burlington
VT

This was Phish’s seventh show and was either the second or third Doolin’s show (records reflect this as the third and there is no record of the first). Note that Doolin’s shows were Thursday night happy hour but this date was a Friday. There is a flyer for this show in the archives.

Doolin's
Burlington
VT

This was Phish’s ninth show according to Mike (not sure what was #8) and was either the third or fourth Doolin’s show (records reflect this as the fourth and there is no record of the first). Show time was 5pm. Note that Doolin’s shows were Thursday night happy hour but this date was a Friday. At the time, Trey called this (the gig or band or both) “the best thing to ever happen”. There is a flyer for this show in the archives. Notes from a pracitce that took place earlier this week indicate that the band decided to end the show by simply looking at the audience and screaming.

Doolin's
Burlington
VT

This was Phish’s tenth show according to Mike and seems to be the fifth Doolin’s show (although there is no record of the first). This was an early show from 6pm – 8pm. Note that Doolin’s shows were supposedly Thursday night happy hour but this date was a Monday. There was a “late show” later this night at the Neighbors’ on Pine Street from 9pm – ?.

Hunt's
Burlington
VT

This was Phish’s 12th show – a Benefit for Central American Solidarity Association. Shelly’s notes indicated that this may actually be a 1986 show, but for now it is listed in 1985. Hunt’s full name was R.W. Hunt Mill & Mining Company.

Hunt's
Burlington
VT

Anarchy[1], Camel Walk, Fire Up the Ganja[2], Skippy the Wondermouse[3], In the Midnight Hour
[1] First known version. [2] First known Phish version; Bobby Hackney and Jah Roy on vocals. [3] With McGrupp lyrics. http://phish.net/setlists/phish-march-04-1985-hunts-burlington-vt-usa.html This show was an African Relief benefit for OXFAM. Fire Up the Ganja (which is the song Fire on the Mountain with different lyrics) featured Bobby Hackney and Jah Roy of the band Lambsbread on vocals. This setlist is incomplete and featured the first known version of Anarchy and first known Phish version of Fire Up the Ganja. This is the first known version of Skippy to have McGrupp lyrics. (This song was called Skippy by the band at this time, even though it eventually became McGrupp.) http://phish.com/tours/dates/mon-1985-03-04-hunts This was Phish’s 13th show, an African Relief Benefit for OXFAM dance party that was connected to a WRUV-FM Valentine’s Day Radiothon with a fund-raising goal of $13,993.00. Local reggae band Lambsbread was supposed to play too but they canceled so members of Lambsbread performed with Phish. This show featured the 1st public performance of Anarchy, which is an extremely short punk rock spoof. Fire On The Mountain was performed with Bobby Hackney and Jah Roy from Lambsbread, who sung the lyrics “Fire up the Ganja”. In Mike’s words, Jah Roy was the other singer from Lambsbread (in addition to Bobby) with huge dreadlocks who did the authentic Jamaican dub style. While the band still referred to the song as Skippy The Wondermouse, this version of Skippy was the 1st to contain the narrated lyrics to McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters, which Tom had recently sent to Trey. Tapes of this performance, sometimes combined with parts of 5/3/85, were often mislabeled 4/19/85 or 5/19/85.

Doolin's
Burlington
VT

Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley[1]
[1] First known Phish performance. This show featured the first known performance of Sneakin' Sally through the Alley. This was Phish’s 14th show and their fifth or sixth Doolin’s show. Apparently 8 people were in attendance for this happy hour performance. Note that this was a Friday night though the Doolin’s shows were reportedly mostly Thursday happy hour gigs. This show featured the 1st known performance of Sneakin’ Sally Thru The Alley (Allen Toussaint cover).

Doolin's
Burlington
VT

Alumni Blues[1], Skippy the Wondermouse, Bertha, Jam, Mike's Song[1]
[1] First known performance. During the jam, cartoons were shown behind the band on six television screens. The cartoons got faster and faster while the band did the same. If the 2/1/85 setlist is not correct for that date, then this show featured the first known performances of Alumni Blues and Mike's Song. This was Phish’s 15th show and their sixth Doolin’s gig. Note that this date is a Saturday night but Doolin’s gigs (and this one specifically) were Thursday night happy hours. During the Lydian Jam, cartoons were shown behind the band on 6 television screens. The cartoons got faster and faster while the band did the same. If the 2/1/85 setlist was not correct for that date, then this show featured the 1st known public performances of Alumni Blues and Mike’s Song. This show is believed to be the last time the title “Skippy The Wondermouse” was used to refer to McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters (see 4/6/85 and beyond).

Doolin's
Burlington
VT

This was Phish’s 16th show and their seventh Doolin’s gig. Note that this date is a Friday night but Doolin’s gigs were generally Thursday night happy hours. This show was noted as being a happy hour, but was not specifically listed as a Thursday.

Finbar's
Burlington
VT

I Am Hydrogen[1], Don't Want You No More, Cities, Wild Child, Slave to the Traffic Light, Jam, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page[1] > Alumni Blues > Mike's Song[2] > Dave's Energy Guide[1], Big Leg Emma[3], Revolution[1], Anarchy, I Wish[3], Camel Walk, Run Like an Antelope[1]
McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[4] > Makisupa Policeman
Quinn the Eskimo[3]
[1] First known performance. [2] Vocal section at the end with lyrics to the effect of "Life is not what it seems." [3] First known Phish performance. [4] First known performance. Narrated rather than sung. This show was a benefit for Tools for Peace and Justice in Central America and featured the first known performances of Hydrogen, Revolution, and McGrupp and the first known Phish performances of Big Leg Emma and Quinn the Eskimo. The jam after Slave may have been Back Porch Boogie Blues. The end of Mike's Song contained a vocal section with lyrics to the effect of "Life is not what it seems." Revolution was dedicated to Anne Labrusciano and Trey explained it used to be entitled "Leunig’s Sucks" but now it’s entitled “Revolution”. Run Like An Antelope was introduced by Trey as “Run Like an Antelope Out of Control”. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters was narrated rather than sung. If the 2/1/85 setlist is not correct for that date, then this show featured the first known performances of Letter to Jimmy Page, Dave's Energy Guide, and Run Like an Antelope. This was Phish’s 17th show – a Benefit for Tools for Peace and Justice in Central America. This setlist came from tapes that bear the note “Labrusciano last show”. After Wild Child,Trey mentioned being out of tune on “his new toy built by the proud people at Time Guitars”. This show featured the 1st known public performances of I Am Hydrogen, Oddgrass (likely Back Porch Boogie a/k/a Bluegrass or Creek Jam), Big Leg Emma (Frank Zappa cover), Dave’s Energy Guide, Revolution, I Wish (Stevie Wonder cover), McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters and Quinn The Eskimo (Bob Dylan cover). If the 2/1/85 setlist is misdated, then this show also featured the 1st known public performance of Letter To Jimmy Page and Run Like An Antelope. Mike’s Song included a vocal section at the end with lyrics something to the effect of “life is not what it seems”. After Dave’s Energy Guide, the band called it “a modern composition”. Revolution was dedicated to Anne Labrusciano and Trey explained it used to be entitled “Leunig’s Sucks” but now it’s entitled “Revolution”. After Revolution, Trey said “since you guys reacted so well to that one we’re going to do our other punk song, Anarchy.” Run Like An Antelope was introduced by Trey as “Run Like An Antelope Out Of Control”. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters was narrated rather than sung. Anne Labrusciano spun records on turntables during the setbreak(s). Finbar’s was on Main Street at Church St in a space currently occupied by Manhattan Pizza. Around this time, Brian Long hooked Mike up with Ricky Puffer. Ricky connected Mike with Page who was putting on Goddard SpringFest. As a result, Page would eventually sit in with Phish at UVM (on 5/3/85).

Hunt's
Burlington
VT

Scarlet Begonias -> Eyes of the World -> Whipping Post, Midnight Hour, Fire up the Ganja
This setlist is likely incomplete. It is believed that all of these songs were performed with members of Lambsbread. On the only known recording of this show, Whipping Post cuts almost immediately after it begins. This gig was originally booked as a Lambsbread gig, but it was cancelled, and taken over by Phish, who played with members of Lambsbread. Fire Up the Ganja is sung over the music of Fire on the Mountain.

The Bowl in Center of Campus - Goddard College
Plainfield
VT

This was Phish’s 18th show – the revived Goddard SpringFest. The date is unsure – it was the 1st Sunday following the date in Mike’s journal that mentioned Mike hooking up with Page. According to Nat Woodard, it could be 4/14/85 instead. This show marked the 1st time Page saw Phish. Nat, who also created the very 1st Phish t-shirts, helped organize and book the bands along with Page and Kevin Crochetiere. Nat wasn’t a student but instead a “faculty brat” who remembered SpringFest from the 1970’s and suggested its revival. They were only able to get a $400 budget, which Nat spent on a sound system for Friday and Saturday. By the time Phish played on Sunday, the rented system was gone and they had to improvise gear. The soundman had friends in a UVM band called “The Few” who wanted to play. Nat called The Few and they were willing to play Sunday. A stage was built in front of Giles dormitory on campus and Page played with Pueblo Fever (a local R&B band full of older dudes) on Saturday. Pueblo Fever shared members with Something Quick, which was the classic late 1970’s Goddard band that always played SpringFest. On Sunday a band showed up in a van and Mike jumped out. Nat asked “are you The Few?” They answered “”no, we’re Phish. The Few couldn’t make it.” Page and Nat noticed that Phish had a P.A. system. They were the only act “scheduled” and there were maybe 20 people milling around for this historic show. The set consisted of mostly Grateful Dead covers – someone asked if they knew any Dead, and they responded by playing a couple hours of GD. Page and Nat were dumbfounded by Fish’s playing. Nat recalled Page saying “wow these guys are good. I should jam with them.” Page had recently been playing with Thomas McCommas and Jim Pollock but was considering giving up playing live to become be the in-house studio keyboard guy somewhere in Texas. Thankfully that never happened.

Deadhead Party
Burlington
VT

This was the band’s 22nd show and the fourth/last of 4 shows on what Mike referred to as their “1st Burlington minitour”. The setlist and venue are unknown. Note that Mike said the “minitour” was 4 gigs, but also said it comprised shows 15-20. This doesn’t exactly match the records but the data is retained for posterity or possible error-correction within the 1st 22 shows.

Last Day Party at UVM-Redstone
Burlington
VT

Slave to the Traffic Light, Mike's Song > Dave's Energy Guide, Big Leg Emma
Alumni Blues, Wild Child, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Jam -> Cities, Bring It On Home[1]
Scarlet Begonias > Eyes of the World -> Whipping Post [2] -> McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Makisupa Policeman[3] > Run Like an Antelope -> The Other One[4] ENCORE: Anarchy
[1] First known Phish performance; Bobby Brown on harmonica. [2] Jeff on vocals. [3] Reggae jam. [4] First known Phish performance. This show was performed at the Last Day Party on UVM’s Redstone campus. It marked Page’s debut with the band, as he sat in during portions of the third set. In fact, Big Leg Emma was preceded by an announcement from Trey that “our friend Page, from Goddard, will sit in later.” Bring it On Home featured Bobby Brown on harmonica and Whipping Post featured Jeff on vocals. McGrupp was dedicated to Fish. Makisupa featured a reggae jam. This show featured the only known Phish performances of Bring It On Home and The Other One.

Finbar's
Burlington
VT

This was Phish’s 24th show and Trey’s 1st gig playing his Time mini-guitar. Reportedly about 250 people attended.

Slade Hall - University Of Vermont
Burlington
VT

Big Leg Emma
This show was a benefit for the Union of Concerned Students (UCS), a group that worked with anti-Apartheid forces to help pull UVM investments out of South Africa. Herbal Tea also played at this show. It appears that Big Leg Emma may have been played, but the setlist is unknown

WRUV Radio
Burlington
VT

Dog Log[1], Prep School Hippie[1], Camel Walk, Alumni Blues, Run Like an Antelope, Dave's Energy Guide, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters
[1] First known performance. This was an in-studio set that was aired live on the WRUV “Exposure” radio show. Before Antelope, the band invited fans to the Slade Hall gig on the following night. Prep School Hippie was introduced as “Trust Fund Baby.” This performance was the band’s first with Page as an official member and featured the first known versions of Dog Log and Prep School Hippie.

Slade Hall - University Of Vermont
Burlington
VT

Low Rider Jam > Big Leg Emma, Wild Child, Bluegrass , Camel Walk, Possum[1], Fire, Slave to the Traffic Light, In the Midnight Hour
Melt the Guns[2] > T.V. Theme[3], Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley[4], Prep School Hippie[5]
Mike's Song > Dave's Energy Guide, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Cities, Anarchy, Revolution, Anarchy[6], Revolution[7], Makisupa Policeman
[1] First known version. [2] First known version; with a macaroni and cheese vocal jam. Audience shook boxes of macaroni and cheese. [3] First known version. Audience shook boxes of macaroni and cheese. [4] Audience shook boxes of macaroni and cheese. [5] First known public performance. [6] Sung as "Sex Mob" [7] Sung as "Dead Cops" This show was performed on the Redstone campus, is likely incomplete based on song and tape cuts, and may have been two sets instead of three. This show featured the first known performances of Possum, Melt the Guns, and T.V. Theme and the first known public performance of Prep School Hippie. Boxes of macaroni and cheese were passed out to the audience to shake along with the band during Melt the Guns, T.V. Theme, and Sneakin' Sally. Melt the Guns included a macaroni and cheese vocal jam. Anarchy and Revolution were performed twice with the second versions being sung as "Sex Mob" and "Dead Cops" respectively. Trey jokingly introduced McGrupp as "Love the One You're With." The segue between McGrupp and Cities included a jam that would eventually become the end of David Bowie. The band handed out boxes of macaroni and cheese during Melt the Guns for the audience to use as shakers. The source of this setlist is phish.com.

Finbar's
Burlington
VT

T.V. Theme, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues > Mike's Song, Dave's Energy Guide, Revolution, Anarchy, Camel Walk, Run Like an Antelope, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters
Some fans have labeled the show-opening jam a “Star Trek Jam.” At this show, Mike’s Song was introduced as “Microdot”. Note that this setlist, listed here as set I, may be for either or both sets I and II.

Hunt's
Burlington
VT

Harry Hood[1], Dog Log[2] > Possum, Slave to the Traffic Light, Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, I Wish, Revival, Alumni Blues[3] > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, Prep School Hippie, Skippy the Wondermouse
[1] First known version. [2] First known public version. [3] Lyric referenced pumpkin pie. This show contained the first known version of Harry Hood and the first known public version of Dog Log. Trey remarked during the intro to Hood that "this one is a story of the man who lives directly across the street from us right now." (The house on King Street where Trey, Fish, and Brian Long lived was across the street from the Hood factory.) Slave was dedicated to “Brickle.” Trey’s humorous comments about being “back on Planet Earth” were in reference to the events at Goddard on October 26. Alumni had a reference to pumpkin pie. This setlist is likely incomplete. This show was part of New Music Night at Hunt’s. Oblique Wave also played. This show featured the 1st known performances of Harry Hood. During the Introduction of the band that preceded Harry Hood, Trey said “We hope you’re ready to dance”. He explained that this was the story of the man who lives across the street, Harry Hood. It is the story of him going to the beaches of Greece, which he explained came about when his friend Brian put a carton of Hood milk in the refrigerator and said HARRY…HARRY…”. As the song ended, somebody (maybe Fish) said that they’re going to get Hood to sponsor them someday. During Possum, Fish made some reference to the television show “BJ and the Bear”. Before Slave To The Traffic Light, Trey thanked anybody who was at Goddard last week and dedicated the song to a friend of his named Brickle (?). While the band was tuning before I Wish, Trey announced they were going to play a dance song – a Stevie Wonder cover. Fish quipped that “hippies have a right to dance too.” This was the 1st and only known Revival (Dickie Betts cover) played by Phish. Before Prep School Hippie, someone (likely Fish) said they called themselves Phish for no good reason. He asked the crowd to give them “a good reason to call themselves Phish”.

Memorial Auditorium Basement
Burlington
VT

Slave to the Traffic Light[1], Hurricane[2], Makisupa Policeman [3] > Piggies [2] -> Makisupa Policeman [3] -> Drums[4] > Alumni Blues[3] > Dear Mrs. Reagan[5]
[1] Acoustic. Possible female vocalist accompaniment. [2] First known Phish version; acoustic. [3] Acoustic. [4] Possible guest appearance by Marc Daubert, at least one member of The Joneses, and possibly others. [5] First known version; acoustic. This show was an acoustic benefit that also featured performances by The Joneses and The Visions. Fish played percussion instead of a drumkit. Slave appeared to have a female vocalist accompanying Trey. This show also featured the first known version of Dear Mrs. Reagan and the first known Phish versions of Hurricane and Piggies. Makisupa included additional impromptu verses regarding Mike, Fish and their "new friend, Page." Piggies was dedicated to Harry Mitiguy, then president of the Howard Bank (referred to by Trey as "Howard Mitiguy"). The drum jam out of Makisupa may have included Marc Daubert, at least one member of The Joneses, and possibly others. Phish's archivist, Kevin Shapiro, played the Makisupa > Piggies -> Makisupa portion of this show on From the Archives on 10/30/09 at Festival 8. The date of this show may be 11/19/85.

Memorial Hall Basement
Burlington
VT

Slave To The Traffic Light, Hurricane, Makisupa Policeman > Piggies > Makisupa Policeman > Percussion Jam > Jam > Alumni Blues > Dear Mrs. Reagan
This show was an acoustic benefit “for some good cause”. The Joneses and The Visions also played. Fish played percussion rather than a drum kit. The show date comes from Mike’s notes and tape. However Del Martin, who also taped the show, listed it as 11/14/85. Slave To The Traffic Light seemed to have a female vocalist accompanying Trey. This show featured the 1st and only performance of Hurricane (Bob Dylan cover) as well as the 1st performance of Piggies (The Beatles cover). Trey dedicated Piggies to Howard, owner of Howard Bank. The Percussion Jam out of Makisupa featured guest percussionists believed to include Marc “Daubs” Daubert as well as drummer(s) from The Joneses (known as Drooling Thunder Review) and possibly others. The show is also dated as 11/14/85

Goddard College
Plainfield
VT

Wild Thing[1]
Mike's Song, Whipping Post Jam, Run Like an Antelope -> Dave's Energy Guide
Mike's Song -> Whipping Post Jam -> Run Like An Antelope -> Dave's Energy Guide
[1] First known Phish performance. This list for Set II is likely incomplete, as the only recording that circulates fades in and out at points. The “Whipping Post Jam” fades in after Mike’s Song on the recording that circulates. This “Jam” contained jams reminiscent of The Grateful Dead’s The Other One and Dark Star. It also featured Norwegian Wood teases from Mike, and a jam reminiscent of the early intro to Harry Hood. Antelope fades in after the “Whipping Post Jam” fades out. The complete lists for Sets I (featuring the first known Phish performance of Wild Thing) and II are not known, although Mike has referenced the first set Wild Thing in interviews and in The Phish Book.

Red House Party
Burlington
VT

Live w/ Bingi
The master cassette of this show is labeled Kitchen Party (“Night Fever”). The show featured the 1st and only performance of Live w/ Bingi. The party took place at the ”Little Red House” on King Street later occupied by Mark Jensen, John Carlin, Tim Johnston, and Garrett Mead of The Joneses. The house was located behind what is now the Courthouse Plaza overlooking the Hood Plant. According to Garrett Mead, occasional sound engineer for The Joneses and Phish at this time, Mr. Minor was the parking lot attendant at the The Hood Plant and would leave the residents and guests notes threatening to tow their cars signed “thank you, Mr. Minor”.

Green Dolphin Street Demo
Unknown
Unknown

And So To Bed You Enjoy Myself Green Dolphin Street > Harry Hood Slave to the Traffic Light Run Like an Antelope The Divded Sky Letter to Jimmy Page Fluffhead (w/ Dude of Life...live)

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