Top Ten Songs Covered by Phish

phishsimpsons-300x255.jpgPhilly goes Phishing tonight!

We welcome the traveling circus of noodle jams and rampant drug abuse with open arms and a psychedelic haze.  Rumor has it that the band has dispensed with its penchant for covers during the current tour.  Nothing but originals on the setlist for this evening.

But don’t worry.  We’ve got you covered (terrible pun intended).  Here are our nominees for the Top Ten cover songs in the Phish repertoire.  We’re open to suggestions, and we know you’ll have plenty of them.  But remember, it should be significant, something committed to an official recording or performed on multiple occasions.  Don’t tell me about the time they covered “Smoke on the Water” at your cousin’s pool party in 1984.

See you on Shakedown Street tonight!

10.  Ween-Roses Are Free

9.  Frank Zappa-Peaches en Regalia

8.  ZZTop-Jesus Just Left Chicago

7.  Son Seals-Funky Bitch

6.  Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys-Uncle Pen

5.  Allen Toussaint-On Your Way Down

4.  Talking Heads-Cities

3.  Osborne Brothers-Rocky Top

2.  Stevie Wonder-Boogie On Reggae Woman

1.  The Rolling Stones-Loving Cup





Dave Tomar is an author and music journalist. The 2012 memoir, The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat (Bloomsbury USA), details Tomar’s decade as an academic ghostwriter and highlights the critical need for reform in higher education. Tomar has appeared on ABC World News, Nightline, The Today Show and Fox Business to discuss his book. Dave Tomar is also the editor and lead writer for music blog The Liner Note.

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One comment on “Top Ten Songs Covered by Phish
  1. dlp1102 says:

    Nice list! I am constantly pushing early-era Phish on skeptical friends – haven’t had many converts yet, though. A few songs I would have included, in ascending order of kitsch: “Timber (Jerry the Mule)” by Josh White, “Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter Group, and “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond (with Jon Fishman out front on lead vocal!).


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