Wednesday 02/06/2019 by howard_roark


[Welcome To Weekly Catch With Osiris! A weekly series brought to you from the team at the Osiris Podcast Network. Each Wednesday we're going to bring you a historic Phish show from that week, plus provide some context into the show in question. The goal here is to dig deep beyond official releases & well-known shows, to bring you some of the overlooked gems throughout Phish's 35+ year career. If you like what you find, we'd encourage you to check out the assortment of podcasts at the Osiris Podcast Network! This week's catch comes from Brian Brinkman of Beyond The Pond.]

Listen: The Front - Burlington, VT - 02/06/1989

The year 1989 was an important one for Phish and not simply because it marked the end of the decade of their birth and led into the most celebrated period of their career. It saw the band headline The Paradise in Boston for the first time, close out their performance career at Goddard College, play their first 12/30 show in New York City, and play their first ever New Year's Eve show. It was a moment of transition for a band that in five years would transcend the NE Bar scene to become one of the preeminent national touring acts.

In many ways, the show on February 6, 1989 from The Front in Burlington, VT is emblematic of the entirty of the year 1989 for the band. It contains some of their classic tunes in spots that, in just a few short years, would seem completely out of place - "You Enjoy Myself" first set closer, "Golgi > Divided Sky" in Set II, "Corinna" & "I Didn't Know " Set Closers - while also seeing the band string together a first set that showcased their keen ability to read a room and respond in a massive way. Imagine seeing a setlist that contained "Peaches," "La Grange" and "You Enjoy Myself" in Set I in 2019. The show is simultaneously a preview of what's to come, and a peek into the mind of a band still figuring it out as they go along.

If there's anything you have to hear it's the fast take on "Sanity" which showcases the punkish side of the band, while also showing the dexterity of their songwriting, and the blissful peak in "Harry Hood." A song that's known for the seemingly countless versions that culminate a show in sincere and emotive ways, this version from The Front is one of the first to truly hold up on tape. The "Bowie" encore caps the show in strong fashion, a nod to the near-future, when the band would close out some of their best shows with an encore that rounds everything out in the best way possible.

Dive into the first installment of Weekly Catch With Osiris with a great snapshot of Phish figuring out what it really meant to be Phish.

If you liked this blog post, one way you could "like" it is to make a donation to The Mockingbird Foundation, the sponsor of Support music education for children, and you just might change the world.


, comment by chaskrilla1
chaskrilla1 Seeya Fee’s Cavern..
, comment by wsppan
wsppan I saw Phish for the first time earlier that year in the spring on the campus of Syracuse University. Saw them again in the fall on the strength of the first show but still mostly by chance and nothing better to do. I found myself in NYC on December 30th at Wetlands seeing Phish play. Again by chance as I was there already to see my friends band, Indecision, open up for them there. Those three shows were enough to get stuck in my mind and would go out of my way to see them from then on.
, comment by multibeast
multibeast This show is the reason I love Phish. In the summer of 1990 my college roommate brought back some tapes to Ann Arbor that his his cousin who went to UVM made for him. This became my first Phish cassette tape and the YEM that ended the first set is the song that "hooked" me. Those three sets are a cream dream setlist and I made countless copies on our Yamaha dual cassette deck, the same deck that would record my first show in a dingy basement bar off frat row on 4/16/91. Fast Sanity shall rise again!!!
, comment by kipmat
kipmat Sets 1-2 comprised my first live Phish tape, back in the Fall of 1994. I heard Curtain > Wilson > Peaches and All Blues > fast Sanity > A Train and I was sold.
, comment by dead_phan
dead_phan Just got done listening for the first time. Love these old tunes. Thanks for the suggestion and the insights. Looking forward to more!!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Support & MBIRD
Phish News
Subscribe to Phish-News for exclusive info while on tour! is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

This project serves to compile, preserve, and protect encyclopedic information about Phish and their music.

Credits | Terms Of Use | Legal | DMCA

© 1990-2019  The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. | Hosted by End Point Corporation