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- Segues: Between songs, a comma indicates a full-stop to a brief pause; > indicates an immediate start or brief overlap without transition; and -> indicates some improvised segue from one song to another, that is not itself part of either song.
- Notes: Show notes and song notes typically reference only deviations from the norm.
- Abbreviations are not used in setlists, although they are used in show notes and song notes.
- Teases, Quotes, & Jams: We distinguish teases (hints of some other song, by one band member), quotes (a part of some other song, typically by one band member), and jams (variations on some song, improvised within or beyond some song being played).
- Releases: Notes will indicate if a show has been officially released, for shows prior to 12/31/02; all shows since have been released via LivePhish.
- Statistics: Not all shows count for statistical purposes, but all public performances with at least several songs are included.
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“First band practice. Let’s see. What did we play? I think I remember the Talking Heads’ song “Pulled Up.” There was probably an Allman Brothers song like “Whipping Post.” Maybe even a Grateful Dead song. Actually I think we played “Midnight Hour.” This was in Trey’s dorm lounge. The complex at UVM was Wing, Davis, and Wilks. He was in Wing. It was the fourth floor of Wing, in the dorm lounge. There is no tape of that, but there were 25 people dancing in the lounge. We also played some originals that day. Trey had some songs, like “Skippy the Wonder Mouse” [and] “Fluorescent Gerbils.” It was all sort of rat and mouse related [laughs]. Maybe “Fluffhead.” That was pretty early. If not then, it would have come soon after.”
– Mike Gordon, interview with Jonathan Cohen, Billboard, December 21, 2002