Take 2@2 for Friday, August 26th, 2016 Lockn’ 2016 is finding its’ groove. When we began this trip a week ago Monday there were so many covers that initially crossed my head. Most of them were performed by Phish.
The Vermont quartet is the world’s greatest cover band. Period. It is simple math to prove this point. You take their arsenal of original songs. Then add the number of covers they incorporate into their set lists. To count them all up would require a WNRN intern to work nonstop for weeks.
Whenever I am about to enjoy a Phish show, I tingle with anticipation. Very much like a kid on Christmas Eve, I know to expect the unexpected. That must have been the case for the lucky fans that got attend the shows that would become the live release Hampton Comes Alive. Phish brought everything to this show. During this Hampton Coliseum run Phish played twenty covers. Including a song that was a massive hit at the time.
Will Smith had already conquered the US by the time Big Willie Style came out. He and DJ Jazzy Jeff toned down rap for a broader appeal. Then came the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. After that Will Smith was a house hold name as the starring role in blockbuster movies. In 1998, Smith was at the top of the charts thanks to “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It.”
Phish’s cover of “Getting’ Jiggy wit It” starts off with another cover. The begin with a tease of the Argent song “Hold Your Head Up.” Then with a slight pause, Mike Gordon lays the bass over Fishman’s percussion. Page McConnell brings in his funk on the keys. Then Fishman begins to rap the lyrics to the Will Smith top 40 hit. Phish showcase the party nature of the song without patronizing the tune for its’ simplicity. After all that they bring it back to Argent?!
Strap yourself in. Phish is doing 4 sets over 2 nights. Expect the unexpected and lock in.
I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.
– Tad Abbey