My 9/17/00 Dog Log Story

A few years ago when I was still in college, I stumbled home from a party to my small apartment and threw on (what used to be) the best source of Phish music on the internet, Phishcast Internet Radio. I had gone through a small phase where I needed to be listening to music to fall asleep, so I threw on the most trusthworthy music stream I could find. Phishcast was probably something that I needed in college; I think it really helped me through. It was always on, anywhere there was internet–it just kept pumping out Phish shows for years and years and I hated to see it go.

After dozing off and I imagine I was asleep for a couple hours, I awoke to a haunting melody. I had to lie in bed for a few moments to understand what I was hearing. I can hear the bassline right now–buum, ba-buum, ba-buum, ba-bumm, bumm…

It was Dog Log, first played by Phish on October 30, 1985. An evil Dog Log. Perhaps the scariest one on record. I remember waking up at the very beginning, right after the transition from Theme…, as they play straight through on the entire set.


From Phish.net…

Rock and Roll > Theme from the Bottom > Dog Log > The Mango Song -> Free (1:02)

I checked the date on the show, made a mental note, fell asleep to the most digusting Dog Log > The Mango Song ever, and woke up the next day on the quick search to a B&P that will get me a damn fine copy of the show.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, my better-half and I went camping for a small retreat and we brought my old CDR collection. I haven’t really touched my CDR’s in a couple years; most everything I listen to now is ripped to an iPod-friendly format and brought with me throughout the great city of Chicago. Well, I decided that we needed to listen to this second set and I gave Katie my how explanation about how scary the 9/17/00 Dog Log really is. “I mean, I woke up to it. Weird.” It’s hilarious because I know I’ve told her this story many times and yet I still tell her like she doesn’t know. I get all worked up and excited just thinking about it.

Fast forward to two days and I get a wonderful email from Scotty B (my new best friend) with some wonderfully ironic (or deja vu-like) information attached. Obviously, one part of this email seriously struck me.

Kevin’s page contains unreleased photos and unreleased audio. The page contains four audio tracks: the 9/17/00 Dog Log, the 7/30/97 Fire, a Fast Enough studio outtake, and Ride Captain Ride’s return from 12/30/92.

Apparently I’m not the only one that got woken up from a drunken slumber to hear the magic, the myth, and the legend that is the 9/17/00 Dog Log. Coincidence?

I really don’t think so. These things happen for a reason. I WAS MEANT TO HEAR THAT DOG LOG. It was going to be relevant to me later in life. Now. Today. This blog. I can really embrace that thought and it’s hugely comforting.

Go to the Kevin Shapiro MySpace page and you’ll see what I mean. Look at it this way–When the Phish archivist has to pick four songs to let people sample Phish on MySpace, he picks the 9/17/00 Dog Log as one of his choices. Keep that in mind.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Great stuff, Justin…My favorite Dog Log live was Hampton 99, when they finished playing and Trey says, “we liked that one so much, we’re gonna play it again!”

    They play a few chords then laugh. The silliness of Pheesh.

  2. Great stuff, Justin…My favorite Dog Log live was Hampton 99, when they finished playing and Trey says, “we liked that one so much, we’re gonna play it again!”

    They play a few chords then laugh. The silliness of Pheesh.

  3. Yeah, it’s widely known that Dog Log is Paul’s favorite tune. I had that Hampton show, too and I remember that one being pretty good.

    But dude, THIS ONE is the meanest, most dirty, most disgusting, jaw-dropping, etc.

  4. Yeah, it’s widely known that Dog Log is Paul’s favorite tune. I had that Hampton show, too and I remember that one being pretty good.

    But dude, THIS ONE is the meanest, most dirty, most disgusting, jaw-dropping, etc.

  5. I’m so glad Kevin decided to share that particular track.

    Dog Log probably has more variations than any other Phish song, sadly 99% were played at soundcheck. They really can release a Dog Log album one day with 10 – 12 Dog Logs that are each extremely different from each other.

  6. I’m so glad Kevin decided to share that particular track.

    Dog Log probably has more variations than any other Phish song, sadly 99% were played at soundcheck. They really can release a Dog Log album one day with 10 – 12 Dog Logs that are each extremely different from each other.

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