Historian: Craig DeLucia
Last Update: 2012-07-02
"Buried Alive" is an instrumental number played regularly from 1990 through 1994, but only sparingly since then. The frantic pace and squealing guitar sounds conjure the image of a person truly being buried alive and fighting to escape. Trey remarked (perhaps jokingly) on 3/26/92 that the song was inspired by Jimmy Herring, who was in the crowd that night as part of the opening act, Aquarium Rescue Unit.
"Buried Alive" – 7/20/91, Parksville, NY
Many fans love the song for its ability to kick-start a set and raise the energy level of a crowd, despite the fact that most versions do not jam and are basically played the same way. An exception, though, was the fifteen-minute “Buried Alive” to open the second set on 7/29/98 in Maryland Heights, MO. Other fun versions include 9/20/90 (sandwiched inside “Tweezer”), 9/27/91 (with “Esther” teases), 12/7/91 (with yuletide teases),2/6/93 (with John Popper on harmonica), 4/4/94 (with The Giant Country Horns), 12/2/94 and 12/3/94 (with The Cosmic Country Horns), 12/28/95 (sandwiched between “Wilson” and “Tweezer”), 2/26/97 (at the start of a crazy second set), 7/15/03 (an abbreviated but extremely speedy version inside the monster “Mr. Completely”) and 6/7/12 (“Buried Alive” opener and “Buried Alive Reprise” to close). If you’re looking to dig deeper (pardon the pun!), seek out the 11/2/90 “Possum” and the 10/11/95 “Julius,” both of which contain “Buried Alive” teases.
"Buried Alive" – 11/27/98, Worcester, MA