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Video of the Week: 1995-12-15 David Bowie

Posted 4 years ago by tmwsiy - 13 comments Link:, posted in the Video category

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In this spirit, this weeks video and write-up was contributed by Jeff Clark (@cllrain2000)

After listening to Phish for a few years in between Grateful Dead tapes, treble up bass down style, I was invited to my first Phish show at the Spectrum in Philly. That show, 12-15-95, means more then than now and more now than the ever.

By then, my first show, the excitement, the scene, the energy and the parking lot full of Deadheads trying Phish for the first time made this a wild night. What was lost then, that it is appreciated only after seeing many shows and filling my "Clarkives" with every Phish show I can get my hands on, is the caliber of my first show. I didn't know it at the time but I was witnessing a top notch Phish show, at the time you could have played me the Bonnaroo 2012 set and it'd have been great. The "Bathtub Gin" is second to only a handful of Gin's, along with a great all around setlist- check out the second set alone! ( Tweezer Reprise > Runaway Jim > It's Ice > Bathtub Gin -> Rotation Jam -> Mallory [debut] > Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Sweet Adeline). This Bowie is a punch in the face with a fist full of lightning. The dark tones to the firing bullets of notes upon drum slaps to conquered mountains of bass lines Cactus likes in this time period. I listen to this show a lot and the 2:03 mark still sets hairs up on my arms. True Phish stage dress for the 90's is shown from a Page side view that captures the ability to turn playful tuning jamming into cosmic excitement with and exclamation of finality to finish off a David Bowie that never once asks "is it Bowie or Maze?"

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spanishmoon Reply
spanishmoon This was my second show. Like he said , I had no idea what I was witnessing. This show is fire. Thanks for the video
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Guern Reply
Guern Thanks for the video, it brought back some fun memories! This was my first Bowie, and my personal favorite out of the 24 versions I've seen.
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forbin1 Reply
forbin1 Much appreciated...this was my very first phish show...actually, my very first concert....thanks again!
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Ouish Reply
Ouish My first show too. Fantastic time that I'll obviously never forget. I'm STILL trying to figure out what Trey is saying(or more like singing) in "It's Ice". Kinda sounds like what the Who's in Whoville sing around the Christmas tree in the "Grinch". Strange. Lol
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chrism27 Reply
chrism27 Awesome show...this was a great December in my Phishtory....I made the Hershey show on 12/1 then this show and finished with 12/31! What a trifecta!
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sirhotpants Reply
sirhotpants Listen to that shredding! Love it. We had a blast at this show, scored amazing floor seats from PTBM and remember it to be really raucous. I don't think I've ever listened to it since! Wouldn't mind some more Archive SBD's from this month to be released...
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makisupaman Reply
makisupaman Cool story, Jeff, and great video of a top notch Bowie for sure. Do I detect some Cavern phrasing from Trey around the 5 or 6 minute mark?
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Uakari Reply
Uakari Also my 2nd show, Spectrum shows were all pretty smoking or smokey inside(ha ha)
Former Philly kid looking forward to the vid!
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vinniebart Reply
Great post! Thanks for sharing. Cheers to the Spectrum and Let's Go Flyers! Here's to a speedy return to NHL Hockey.
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sertsj1 Reply
Fantastic show. Hershey 12/1 started a great run.
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jaredprox Reply
jaredprox Machine gun...tearing my body all apart.

Great vid. Thanks for the post. Unbelievable how phucking tight they were (and still are, most of the time).

@makisupaman ... there's definitely some foggy Cavern's musty grime in there!
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Beans_NJ Reply
My second show also. This show was complete FIRE!! This needs to be an archival release!!
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PiNT23 Reply
PiNT23 This is in my top 10 shows, but the thing I'll remember the most is that it was attended by all my 'phish buddies' from that time. Most shows had 3 or 4 of the 8 of us at them, but this night just happened to work out that all of us went, the first (and last time) that happened.

It was like the band knew how much fun we were all having together, they were just a blast that night. Incredible good time, that brings a bittersweet tear to my eye to recall.

95 was a magic year in the band's history, and in my own. That night our magic converged.
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