• justin

    how many other bands regularly have their own festivals with paying audiences to the order of 10,000? how many other bands completely pack stadium after stadium, performing completely different setlists at every show? how many other bands can pull off the extremely complicated theory and improvisation involved in phish tunes, meanwhile maintaining a lighthearted attitude and brilliant sense of humor? i could keep going but i’ll stop there.

    everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but phish head or not, these guys can run circles around every band mentioned in the comment section, and they’ve taken a style that doesn’t sell and that’s not endorsed by the dipsh*t devil-c*ck-sucking music industry and SOLD THE LIVING HELL OUT OF IT. sooo… if you’re a professional music critic, or you can sustain the same kind of status and success, criticize away. otherwise your opinion is just another disposable comment in the comments section. sad but true!

    by the way, i too took music theory in college as a music major. and my professors all acknowledged the superb musicianship of this band. true story bro

  • Jon

    All the music you like sucks. My music is the best… If you haven’t figured out why, I’ll help you… Intelligence????!!!ONE???!!!

  • Wesley Snider

    This is truly funny but most Phish fans & electronic fans ride on the same bus. And that’s because all they ever talk about is Phish or EDM, both of which I find to be very annoying. Sigh!!! There’s a world of music out there people. Don’t limit yourself to one band or genre. It’s OK to poke fun, but really only when you are well versed. I’ve drifted from my very Phishy friends because that’s all they listen to or all they go to see. Conversation gets boring. Sad…

  • PhishPhanDuh

    You either get it or you don’t, but don’t go judging until you’ve been to a show. I know many people (myself included) who have changed their minds about Phish because of their first show… Now they’re die hard fans. And if you think that they don’t play a variety of songs, think again. They do have favorites, but I have been to 19 shows so far and every single one has been vastly different, even in a run of three days of shows. I enjoy other music, and I can understand how people don’t like Phish. But this band brings a lot of people together and the more you hate on it, the more powerful we feel.

    Happy trolling, kids.

  • crocodile_smile

    You know, when someone doesn’t like the same things I like, I generally just shrug it off. I would think that fans of a seemingly tolerant and down-to-earth band like Phish would be more accepting of other people’s preferences, but I stand corrected after perusing these comments. Taste in music (or any other form of art for that matter) has absolutely no correlation to intelligence. None. Smart people can easily get a kick out of some good old mindless entertainment, and less-than-smart people can also appreciate even the most complex and thought-provoking songs/movies/paintings etc, even if they may not fully appreciate all the stuff going on behind the scenes and simply take it at face value. If you’re gonna go through life thinking everyone who likes what you like is an intelligent and worthwhile person, you’re in for some surprises. Have you never met someone at a show that you didn’t like, even though they have the same taste in music as you? If so, you haven’t been to enough shows. If someone can’t do simple arithmetic, they might be kinda dumb. If someone doesn’t like Phish, then they just don’t like Phish. If you can’t just live with that and let them have their own opinion, you’re only making yourself look like an elitist prick, which is exceptionally ironic given the fact that Phish seem about as far from elitists as musicians get. I always thought they were about happiness and harmony, but those concepts appear to be lost on many people who claim to be devoted fans of theirs. Just chill and let people like what they like. It’s what Phish would want. Or are YOU the one who really “doesn’t get it”?
    And to everybody trying to one-up each other with their extensive knowledge of music theory, I have two words for you: Jimi Hendrix. Entirely self-taught, no knowledge of music theory whatsoever, considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. =P

  • Zephyr1369

    in your opinion you’re right, so I won’t argue. is/was this an actual performance??? if so, quirky and sort of funny, but not good at all (in my opinion).they are lucky to have become so successful…

  • curtii

    First of all, this video is a fake… OBVIOUSLY.

    Many of you are posting wrong music theory…

    There is a fifth chord in EVERY key. Its root is the fifth note in the key, then stacked in thirds.

    The v (five) chord of a minor key is a minor chord. If you use a major V chord in a minor key then you’re using a harmonic, melodic, or a foreign/alternate version of minor. But the natural/relative minor has the same flats/sharps as its relative major key… therefore the five chord of the natural minor key is the same the third chord of the relative major key… which is a minor chord.

    A chord with only root and fifth notes is commonly known as a power chord or a power 5 chord… having nothing to do with being a fifth chord in a key because every chord in any key can be a power 5 chord (even a diminished chord with a flat fifth)

    Phish is obviously loved by millions because they have mad talent… like it or not, they can destroy the talents of almost every single major pop recording artist on their instruments… literally taking them to school (they actually teach music professors and have degrees in this shit). But a lot of their music is very wack (technical term) and even I, as a fan of their talents and overall vibe, do not like even half of it. But I absolutely love some of it… the same way that you only love some (not all) of most bands. Phish is skilled as fuck. That is a fact.

    I have an honors degree in music theory from Berklee College of Music… you can trust my theory.

    It’s hilarious that people get pissed off and chime in with all their uneducated wisdom but they don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” and how to spell “intelligence”. Calm down, people, it’s just music.

    • Scrape77

      Wow. Get over yourself.

      • curtii

        I’m just calling out a bunch of people who are being jerks while they are using incorrect information. And I specifically said that my opinion does not matter. I only added my music degree comment so that my notes on music theory can be trusted over all these other incorrect postings. None of it was ego based.
        But yours was.

        • Scrape77

          The weight of intention is but a feather to the brick of perception. Cheers.

          • curtii

            Perception is not correctness.

            Drop those heavy bricks… you’re carrying unnecessary negativity

  • Matty Moe

    What did the Fish fan fryin on acid say when he finally came down? “Dude…this band sucks” :)

  • It’s me, That Guy

    Normally I would refer to something bad, but comparable to something some what good as “The Poor Man’s ….” Phish is the “Staving Homeless Vagrant’s” Dave Matthews Band… same talent as a garage band that got to play at the state fair because 3 other bands got food poisoning… there is a reason why drug abuse is so prevalent at Phish shows…

  • beebaaboo

    Music is an art of expression, like a conversation of sorts. Unfortunately, this conversation has degraded into a battle of wills and EGO. I think these guys are great players and i respect that. However, the song structure and vocals just don’t speak to me, personally but that doesn’t change their greatness, one iota …. As many times as i’ve tried in the past to turn friends on to great musicians ( Rush, Hendrix, Miles, Parliament / Funkadelic, King Crimson, etc. ) i have gotten that same reply, it doesn’t speak to them. It doesn’t mean that they are all idiots because they don’t “get it”, nor does it make the bands i enjoy “suck” ~ You don’t need anyone’s validation to like what you like. At the same time, You did not create this music, you appreciate it … please get off your high horses. The ability to intellectualize deep music should give you a greater understanding and insight into life on a larger scale, so when you’re done patting yourself on the back for an “appreciation” , i hope you can rap this around your head … that every point of view, every mind, every person is as valid as you are…. if you cannot achieve that, you are missing THE ENTIRE POINT, and falling way short of your own bloated self image ~

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