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S1: Phish | EP 5: The First Forays

Long May They Run

Audacy Studios

Society & Culture, Music, Business

4.82K Ratings

🗓️ 9 October 2019

⏱️ 47 minutes

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There was a time when Phish fans had to record and trade physical cassette tapes in order to relive a show, or hear it for the first time. They relied entirely on that network until the band and its fans pioneered a more efficient way to communicate and share music using a new network called… the Internet. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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There's always been a lot of talk about ways of including people.


And even if it's sort of like a joke or a surprise, that's one way that people like


to be included is, you know, people like a surprise party.


And especially since the band started in the 80s when music became very canned and synthetic


and hinged on MTV videos and then leading into the 90s where the biggest bands had a lot


of angst that they were expressing and often the singer is, you know, some kind of a sex


idol object, etc.


And we didn't have that going for it.


So we thought the collective consciousness was a better way to go.


And more enjoyable.


And yeah, this feeling that we're all kind of in this together, you know, in terms of not


only knowing some of the inside jokes and the language and the context for songs and for


antics and rituals, but also just acknowledging that the audience is going to make the show


and that the vibe from the audience is going to come to us.


And if we're being so open about improvisation, then the only good shows are the ones where


we're taking in people's energy and making the show out of that.


Even to the deepest level then, just sort of saying that in some level, yes, we want


to go in this incredible journey together.


Like, we've had these musical experiences at band practice and we're thinking that you


might enjoy it too, but let us know, you know, and we'll figure this out together.


And it's a beautiful thing too, because we don't have to feel alone.


Like we're four people trying to prove ourselves in our music and our songs and the experiences


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