- 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 five bands at their prime could pull off a decent musical costume of a Phish album?
Beatles - Big Boat
Phish’s 2016 album was met with a lukewarm reception. To truly put this album to the test, the Beatles will cover it. Which era of the Beatles would perform this cover is the tougher question. Does Big Boat’s musical style lend itself to any particular Beatles album? Not really. To keep with the style of most of the Beatles later albums, this cover would be a studio release. For simplicity we’ll go with the Beatles right before the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is the Beatles LSD days. Does a tripping John Lennon make Big Boat a better record? How does Petrichor filtered through drugs sound? The end result would be interesting at the very least, which is all I want.
Dave Matthews Band - Farmhouse
If your favorite Phish album is Farmhouse, then you probably like DMB a lot. We are going to go with the 2016 to present day lineup. I don’t want to think of a version of this album without keyboards. We throw in Tim Reynolds to satisfy the “Dave’s guitar ability” people. Close your eyes and try to remember the chorus of Farmhouse. Now picture Dave singing it; strangely it works.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - A Picture of Nectar
Imagine Jimi ripping into Tweezer. Not sold? Picture Jimi jamming out to Stash. Still not sold? Fantasize Jimi raging out Chalk Dust Torture. On board yet? Envision Jimi laying out a heady Llama. Still passing on this? Then take your tarp and leave the pit.
David Bowie and Brian Eno - Kasvot Växt: í rokk
The German Trilogy was such a great run of albums. There is not a better duo, band, or artist to cover this Phish set. Of all the possibilities laid out, this is the one I would most want to hear. My brain cannot even process what a Bowie version of Turtle in the Clouds would be.
The Who - Hoist
Does Roger Daltrey even need to show up for this cover? Every song on this album would probably sound better with Pete Townshed singing. But the more important question is could you handle John Entwistle playing bass on Scent of a Mule? I couldn’t. Oh Roger could help provide harmonies. Is there any song on Hoist you could picture sounding better if Roger sang it instead of Pete?