Once again Phish has gone and done something unique with their promotion for Festival 8, which has already thrown plenty of fans for a loop. The band updated their website with another detailed Flash creation dedicated to (theoretically) revealing what album the play for their “musical costume” set, the second set on night. The animation started with 99 choices, and a following animation depicting a knife being thrown through the album has already been shown a few times revealing albums that likely won’t be chosen for the sure-to-be-epic set. Kudos once again to the webmasters in charge of .com and their overall online presence. It always gets the fans talking.

A nice fan on the PT Boards typed up the list for everyone, so check out the 99 choices below along with some of my commentary and gut instincts on the choices themselves.

  1. AC/DC | Back In Black – too predictable
  2. | Toys In The Attic – not a bad choice overall, but i don’t see this as material or influence really
  3. Band | Eat A Peach – too predictable
  4. de Fire | Funeral – i’d place this one as a solid contender in terms of cultural relevance to a huge crowd of people. i could easily see phish performing “wake up” live.
  5. | Hello ty – there’s no way they could pull this off
  6. BeeGees | Saturday Night Fever – good choice for an easy crowd pleaser. nobody would have a hard time dancing along to this one.
  7. | Paranoid – too mind-blowing. i don’t think the band wants to go all “scary” and dark that night.
  8. | too little cultural connection for crowd
  9. | Blood On the Tracks – too boring for that many people
  10. see #9 above
  11. Bob Seger | Against The Wind – too little cultural connection for crowd
  12. | too predictable
  13. | Before And After Science – too ambient
  14. | Born To Run – too predictable
  15. | The Transit Authority – too little cultural connection for crowd
  16. Creedence Clearwater Revival | Green River – too predictable
  17. Curtis Mayfield | Soundtrack – too predictable
  18. | Hunky Dory – too little cultural connection for crowd
  19. | Ziggy potentially…
  20. | Scary Monsters – does the band really like bowie this much?
  21. o | Freedom of Choice – too not-
  22. | Rio – now this would be sick…could you imagine fishman on one of those 80’s style electro drum kits?
  23. | Hotel California – too yawn worthy
  24. John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – page’s choice?
  25. (née Declan McManus) | This Year’s Model – too non-mind-blowing
  26. | 461 Ocean Blvd – too much guitar wankfest
  27. Firehose | Flyin’ the Flannel – great so-cal choice but not likely to be a frontrunner
  28. | Rumours – too lame
  29. | Apostrophe – too obvious
  30. | Hot Rats – too predictable
  31. | The Lambs Lie Down On Broadway – relevant to phish’s influence, sure…but not halloween set material
  32. | rican Beauty – too predictable
  33. please god make it be this one…
  34. too predictable
  35. Huey Lewis And The News | Sports
  36. Jane’s Addiction | Ritual de Lo Habitual – too LA
  37. | Are You Experienced? – too predictable but totally sick
  38. | Electric land – too predictable but totally sick
  39. | Plastic Ono Band – too close to
  40. Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers – really?
  41. | Escape – too lame
  42. | Alive II – too
  43. King | Larks’ Tongues In Aspic – too proggy
  44. | I – too not Physical Grafitti
  45. | IV (Zoso) – “no stairway…denied!”
  46. | I’m Your Man
  47. Love | Forever Changes – really
  48. | Clandestino – too “not English”
  49. | Master Of Puppets – too fast
  50. | Oracle Spectacular – of all the albums on this list, this one is the album i can see the band wanting to challenge themselves with. it sounds uniquely phish-y in ways and at times nothing close to it. we’ll see. i’ve got good money on this one.
  51. | Thriller – still has to be the most obvious choice for the band; i hope it’s this one just so that we can talk about thriller all weekend.
  52. Michael McDonald | If That’s What It Takes – too much yacht rock
  53. | A To too influential
  54. Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime – too obvious for so-cal, but i like the spirit of choice on this one. there are 42 tracks on that album…
  55. | Everybody Knows This Is here – i doubt either neil pick will win the cut
  56. | Tonight’s The Night – see above
  57. | Nevermind – too culturally relevant (but not anymore)
  58. | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – even though it’s their opus, i don’t think enough people know this one to give it the right impact
  59. Pearl Jam | Ten – too grunge-y
  60. | So – too emo but would be rad. “in your eyes” is basically “silent in the morning” sung a bit differently. not really.
  61. | Meddle – too influential
  62. | too predictable
  63. | Come On Pilgrim – too indie rock
  64. | lulz
  65. | Sailing The Seas Of Cheese – too difficult
  66. | Purple Rain – 25th anniversary year = obvious frontrunner
  67. | A Night At The Opera – too
  68. | if they’re consider this at all, it’s interesting that ok computer wasn’t a possibility to the band. but this one was.
  69. Rage Against | Evil Empire – too
  70. s | Exile on Main Street
  71. s | Sticky Fingers
  72. | Moving Pictures – too cool to imagine
  73. | Pretzel maybe
  74. T.Rex | Electric Warrior – too unknown
  75. | Fear Of
  76. | Marquee Moon – too proggy
  77. | (aka Brown Album) – too predictable
  78. The | i could see this
  79. | Rubber
  80. | Calling – i could see this
  81. | too LA; they’ll probably tease all weekend but i doubt it’ll be the set of choice
  82. | In too close to
  83. The Ramones | Ramones – too punk?
  84. | Phrenology – true story: i’m dressing as for halloween
  85. | Who’s Next
  86. | Damn The Torpedoes
  87. | Rain Dogs – too raspy
  88. | Joshua Tree – too cultural relevant?
  89. | maybe
  90. | Astral Weeks – too old school
  91. | And Nico
  92. | i really hope it’s NOT this album
  93. | White Pepper – maybe
  94. White Stripes | Elephant – obvious frontrunner
  95. | obvious frontrunner
  96. | so-cal reference
  97. | The Album – too proggy
  98. | Tres Hombres – too little facial hair in the band

[via JamBase]

Well, there you have ’em — my 10-second snap judgments on what I think the band is going for with their epic set — and I’m sure I’ll be about 100% wrong on what choices I’ve laid out above vs. what the band will be eliminating themselves on .com. It does get the speculation running about how far they’re going to take this, because where’s the fun in totally revealing which album it’ll be definitively? Part of the whole fun of the musical costume idea is that it remains at least some sort of surprise for the people in attendance. It’ll be rad no matter what, and like the other Flash animations there are no “rules” or “guidelines” into what the band needs to reveal for their fans. And they continue to exploit that wonderfully sending all of us into a frenzy of chat messages and thoughts of the circus finally coming back to town…