|Originally Performed By||XTC|
|Original Album||English Settlement (1982)|
|Lyrics By||Andy Partridge|
|Recommended Versions||1986-10-31, 1987-04-29|
Many fans are surprised when they hear for the first time that Phish used to cover an XTC song. Although it may seem odd at first, a quick listen of the 6+ minute original on XTC’s brilliant English Settlement album will possibly clear up matters. The song is rather bizarre, featuring a complex, textured composition, witty and satirically pointed lyrics, and an open-ended invitation to jam. Phish certainly accepted that invitation on 4/29/87, which features the most notorious version of this song, which segues into a manic, extended “Dave’s Energy Guide.” Get this show – it’s some of the best early Phish around. Ironically, this would be the final known appearance of the song in the Phish setlist.
XTC "Melt the Guns"