- by @ghost_llama -

In any situation where I am bored and time moves like molasses I like to ask myself a ridiculous question. The question always has five answers. Basically, it’s the desert island style questions but absurd. In this series, “Fast Five”, I will answer some jam band related ones. (Even reader submitted.)

What Albums from the 1990’s would be a good musical costume for Phish?

Note: Gen X fans, I put in one grunge album. This is a fast five of 90s music not whine rock about corporations and flannel. I also left off Oasis because Phish already covered the Beatles proper. As far as Radiohead is concerned, I don’t ever want to think about these two fan bases comparing notes about anything.

Pearl Jam - Ten

As the only grunge band to escape the genre and continue on to today, Pearl Jam deserves to be the choice for a grunge musical costume. If the rules allow for b-sides to be included, Yellow Ledbetter is must. I would listen to a Trey instrumental version of that song. Even if b-sides are not allowed, there are plenty of gems from Ten that could be jammed into type II territory.

Weezer - Self Titled (The Blue Album)

This album might be known for Buddy Holly, Undone - The Sweater Song, and Say it Ain’t So, but the deeper cuts are the true gems one this album. Only in Dreams and In the Garage would be the types of jams with high peaks and huge payoffs. This set would be equal parts rocking and dreamy.

The Presidents of the United States of America - Self Titled

This quirky classic would be so fun to hear covered. Of all the albums I have suggested so far, this one has the most for Mike to play with. Little Dune Buggy or Boll Weevil are prime songs to get a dose of Mike’s randomness. As an added bonus, this album contains a cover which would be covered by Phish, resulting in Phish covering The Presidents covering The Jam. Somehow that sounds peak 90s.

Blur - Parklife

In the states, Oasis might have been more popular, but musically Blur wins hands down every time. Britpop was a big part of the 90s (at least in the UK), and including this album feels right. Whether the band dons fake accents or not is something I wonder about too often. The spoken parts of Parklife would be handled quite funnily by Fishman. There is a little something for every band member on this record too.

NSYNC - Self Titled

Go ahead and hate on this. Let everyone know how much you hate fun. Fans get so lost in the musical complexity or rock status of a cover. All I can think about is the dance routines MIke and Trey would have and how much fun the vocal harmonies would be. For me this would be the musical costume version of the Baker’s Dozens Chocolate Rain, unexpected and pure fun.

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