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S1: Phish | EP 7: The Mime Field

Long May They Run

Audacy Studios

Society & Culture, Music, Business

4.82K Ratings

🗓️ 23 October 2019

⏱️ 50 minutes

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Going all the way back to Phish’s early days, the band’s visual aesthetic has been entwined with its musical mindset. The group has embraced a collaborative, DIY approach to fashioning its logo, stage design, concert posters and even performance art. 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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I remember seeing somebody ask John Gilmore who was the saxophone player for Sunrise Orchestra.


They said, how come you guys wear these sequined wild outfits, these sequined outfits and


wild clothes and this garb and all this kind of stuff.


They wore different stuff every night, but they always had these kind of outrageous sequined


gowns and hats and sunrises where antennas on his head and all kinds of things like that.


And it was all space themed, you know, a very outer space themed.


And the guy said, how come you guys dress up like that?


And Gilmore just looked at him like, not like it was a stupid question, but he just looked


at him and said, well, you got to wear your uniform.


You can't go to work in your street clothes, you know, you got to have your uniform.


And he was an ex-military guy too.


So maybe that was part of it for him.


But I just thought it's a little bit the way I feel about the dress, although for me,


it's sort of evolved into, you know, because people have asked me, you know, why do you wear


that dress?


You know, and I've asked myself, yeah, why do I wear that dress, you know?


And it started off as a joke.


I mean, a couple of friends of mine had gotten it from the free box at the Salvation Army.


And it was in a pile of clothing that they were cutting up to use for material to make


bags and dresses and patchwork things, you know, to sell it like the reggae fest.


You know, it was like 19 years old, piecing together income and stuff.


And I just saw this thing in the pile and I threw it on.


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