Historian: Elayne Best (jugglerswithfire)
While sparingly played with Phish, "Access Me" provides a quintessential glimpse of Mike. The lyrics of this song tell the story of one trying to identify a way to get closer to their love interest. The pursuer appears desperate to do whatever it takes to please the object of his desire, including going to the extreme of conforming to their "thoughts on the way that I should be". The song is somewhat reminiscent of something from the 80's that you may see in a movie such as The Breakfast Club, starring Mike's bell instead of Molly Ringwald. Phish has played the song on three occasions, squeezing one version in prior to their 2004 breakup on 6/26/04 and accessing the song twice since, on 12/29/09 in Miami and then on 10/26/10 in Manchester, NH.
Phish, "Access Me" – 10/26/10, Manchester, NH
Another noteworthy version of this song was on 11/11/05 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium when Mike joined Trey for an acoustic mini-set and performed "Access Me" as the opener. This version alas did not star Mike's bell, but there was high energy in the room that evening as fans were delighted to see three of the four members of Phish play together on stage again.
Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon, "Access Me" – 11/11/05, Utica, NY