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Anarchy

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Fishman/Gordon/McConnell

Vocals: Trey

Debut: 1985-03-04

Historian: Mark Toscano

"Anarchy" was really no more than ten seconds of blaring punk chords supported by breakneck drumming from Fishman, all accompanied by repetitive shrieks of “Anarchy!” It was basically a joke song that didn’t even make it into the nineties – the final known version took place on 10/14/89. If you truly want to experience the many interesting and excitingly diverse versions of this tune, by all means listen to 4/15/86, 10/15/86, 4/29/87 (two in a row), and 8/10/87 (three in a row). 

“Anarchy” does have a bastard sibling, an equally thought-provoking composition supported by lyrics that almost live up to the sweet, poetic beauty of this, a song that finds us in perhaps Phish’s finest hour. Played only one delirious time on 10/17/85, “Revolution” will likewise have you cursing songs like “Reba” and “The Squirming Coil” as pedantic and amateurish.

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