Spanish Flea

Originally Performed ByHerb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Original AlbumGoing Places (1965)
MusicJulius Wechter
Phish Debut1984-12-01
Last Played1984-12-01
Current Gap2024
Recommended Versions1984-12-01
HistorianMark Toscano


They only played this classic of ‘60s swinger-pop once. On 12/1/84, the band made their Nectar’s debut as Phish in the upstairs room at the legendary bar. Following an interesting set featuring “Skippy the Wondermouse,” “Makisupa Policeman,” and The Dude of Life in full (albeit cheapo) regalia, band intros were done above a soundtrack of this Herb Alpert masterpiece, sans Herb’s signature trumpet, but with the added bonus of Marc Daubert on percussion.

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