PHISH FRIDAY: 2012 Awards Edition
Phish began a signature 2012 concert season in June in Worcester, MA (BOOGIE), took their halftime show to Dicks in Colorado (LIGHT) and closed up shop with a successful Garden Party (CARINI) in the Big Apple. Although the band didn’t offer a new original this year, they offered new ideas, covers, Kenny Rodgers, and stellar improv. Here’s a final rewind and some interesting stats compiled from ZZYZX and Phish.net that give a better glimpse into Phish’s successful 2012 including a few year-end awards we completely made-up for your enjoyment.
2012 Stats of Metal Tangle:
Total Phish Shows: 37
Total Unique Songs: 220
State w/ Most Shows: NEW YORK (9 Shows)
State Played for First time: OKLAHOMA
Most Played Songs: Backwards Down the # Line (13), Possum (13)
Seven songs were tied for second with 12x played.
Crowd Control, AC/DC Bag and Runaway Jim each Opened 3 shows.
Down with Disease opened the 2nd set 7 times.
Golden Age opened the 2nd set 5 times.
Tweezer Reprise encored 9 shows this year. Loving Cup was 2nd place with 5 encores.
Makisupa Policeman was played just once all year (6/8/12).
There were ZERO Col. Forbins or Fly Famous Mockingbirds played in 2012.
All Debuts (4) were Covers:
The Gambler (6/10/12)
Garden Party (12/31/12)
Fly Like an Eagle (12/31/12)
Iron Man (full performance) (12/31/12)
And the Winner is…
LMB’s Best Of Twenty-Twelve Awards:
Opener of the Year:
*Update* After a re-count in January (suggested by @HeyScottyB and several others) we’ve adjusted the scoring to represent the obvious winner in “Skin it Back.”
Best Use of Lightsaber:
Trey “I Am Your Father” Anastasio during “Maze” in Porstmouth, VA (6/19/12)
Best Set of the Year:
BGC3 / Set II (8/19/12)
Best Segment of the Year
Best Animal Song w/ Type II:
Birds of a Feather in Atlantic City (6/14/12).
Jam of the Year:
Distant Runner-up: Carini (12/30/12)
Comeback of the Year:
Nellie Kane. After just a few performances combined from 09-11, It was played 5x in 2012.
Vocal Jam of the Year:
“Phish Loves Dicks” – (8/31/12)
Bustout of the Year:
Best New Cover:
Garden Party. Phish sent a statement to everyone with this classic cover from Ricky Nelson
Unexpected Jam of the Year:
Runaway Golfcart Garden Party (12/31/12)
Runner Up: Spelling out Fuck Your Face with songs on 8/31/12
Most Consistent Song of the Year (MVS):
Runner Up: Sand
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Mike “Cactus” Gordon and his footbell.
Most Underused Award (MIA):
Makisupa Policeman, Steam and 7Below all tie. Played just once in ’12.
Biggest Slump of the Year:
Page’s Theremin. After such a huge year in 2011, Where Art Thou?
Fan of the Year:
@DanKanter, for his constant teasing of different Phish songs at Justin Bieber shows.
Longest Song of the Year:
Rock and Roll from Long Beach, CA (8/15/12)
Supporting Show of the Year:
Bill Graham Night 3, San Francisco, CA (8/19/12)
Close Runner Up: 9/1/12, Colorado
Poster of the Year:
James Flames, Oak Mountain Print (8/24/12)
Runner Up: Ken Taylor’s Three-Poster-Sloth-Set from the Bill Graham Run (8/17-19).
Best Run of the Year:
Dicks in Colorado, 8/31-9/2)
Best Fishman Moment:
Worst Fishman Moment:
Jon’s attempt at playing Trey’s ocedoc for the first verse of Weekapaug (Deer Creek, 6/28/12)
Best Encore of the Year:
Deer Creek Night 1 (6/28/12) Cavern, Sanity > First Tube.
Runner Up: Charlotte’s BBFCFM > Tweeprise encore (8/26/12).
Page’s Favorite Sandwich of the Year:
Tube -> Psycho Killer -> Tube, (SPAC, 7/5/12) – Thanks to @Sharks_Pats_365 for the suggestion!
Runner Up: Wolfman’s Brother -> Little Drummer Boy -> Wolfman’s Brother (12/28/12)
Show of the Year:
Night One of Dicks in Colorado (8/31/12) aka The “F*ck Your Face” Show. This show is like Daniel Day Lewis. Duh.
As you can see the big winners were “Skin it Back” and the 8/31/12 “FYF” show. Huge thanks to @PeteLikesPhish and @AdamIcculus with the awards. With Phish entering their 30th Anniversary and a new album in the works, 2013 is looking pretty pre-tay good. The waiting game for a Summer Tour announcement (usually in late February) is upon us…
About the author
Aaron is originally from the east coast (Warren, MA) but currently resides on the West Side in Santa Monica, CA working as an editor for the Fox Sports Network. Besides live music (Phish, Wilco, Bill Frisell), he appreciates street art, photography, Wes Anderson films, and traveling. Follow him on twitter and instagram.
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