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Dinner and a Movie

Music: Anastasio

Lyrics: The Dude of Life

Vocals: Phish

Albums: Junta, Live in Brooklyn, At the Roxy, Live Phish 09, Live Phish 19, Live in Brooklyn DVD

Debut: 1987-11-19

Historian: Mockingbird Staff

Last Update: 2016-03-01

“Dinner and a Movie” is an odd little ditty. Early versions consisted primarily of different vocalizations of its one line, “Let’s go out to dinner and see a movie.” Backing music, sighs, and the occasional scream have been added to fill it out. Fishman commented before the 5/18/91 version that “Dinner” celebrated “America’s favorite pre-nuptial ritual.” Played fairly frequently in 1989 through 1992, its appearances have diminished since, as the band members agree that its one-joke nature has worn thin. It often served as a first set opener or was paired with “Bouncing.” 

“Dinner and a Movie” – 7/20/91, Parkville, NY

4/18/92 Palo Alto, CA is a particularly good version (an excellent soundboard of this show circulates), which precedes an incredible “Harry Hood.” The 7/11/91 and 7/15/91 versions with The Giant Country Horns are worth digesting as well. “Dinner” was resurrected for the 3/1/97 Hamburg, Germany show, but that version was not selected for inclusion on Slip, Stitch and Pass. 242 shows later, “Dinner” opened up the controversial second set of 9/29/00 in Vegas. “Dinner” made one appearance in Phish 2.0 at Brooklyn's KeySpan Park on 6/17/04, presumably a nod to the fact that the show was being simulcast in movie theaters across the country. More recent servings can be found on 12/4/09 MSG, and 6/29/12 Deer Creek, and 7/21/13 Chicago.  

“Dinner and a Movie” – 7/21/13, Chicago, IL

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