The setlists at Phish.net distinguish, as exactingly as possible, between "teases," "quotes," and "jams."
A “tease” occurs when a band member briefly plays in full, or strongly hints at, a part of another song, typically the most easily recognizable melody, bridge, or chorus of that other song (e.g., by playing the song's melody in full (in which case literally everyone--who isn't deaf--hears it), or plays it in part, or in a key that is different from the original version's key).
A “quote” occurs when a member of the band vocally or verbally quotes another song's lyrics, or a familiar saying or phrase. For example, see the April 15, 1992, “You Enjoy Myself” vocal jam, where band members quote “Proud Mary,” but do not play (perform) the song. Another popular example are the quotes by Trey and Fish from “The End” (The Doors) during the March 1, 1997, Hamburg “Mike’s Song,” which was released on Slip, Stitch and Pass.
In technical music terms, a “quote” occurs when a musician plays a particular song’s melody line on his on her instrument -- what we define in the Phish.net setlists as a “tease.” In the Phish community, the terms “tease” and “quote” are thus used interchangeably. For clarity within the setlists file, we reserve the use of the term "quote" to mean vocal or verbal quotes only, in order to distinguish it from a musical "tease."
We use the word “jam” conservatively in setlists. Phish is a band that routinely improvises or "jams," and is known as a "jam band." By their nature as Phish songs, many songs at a show will "jam out" or feature improvisation in some way. In fact, any Phish song is potentially subject to jam on any night. So, for the sake of brevity and accuracy, we have limited the use of the word “jam” in a setlist (or show notes) to three specific occasions:
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