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Published: 2010/08/15

Phish Plays Rare ’80s Songs Again

Though Mike Gordon recorded a version of “Fuck Your Face” for the early Phish album “The White Tape,” Phish only played the song a handful of times in the 1980s. In fact, only one known live version of the song exists (April 29, 1987). During a summer when Phish busted out many old songs, the group revisited the song for the first time in over 20 years earlier this year at Charlotte, NC’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 2. The band appears to have added the song to somewhat regular rotation: Phish jumped into the song last night once again at East Troy, WI’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre. The show contained some other rarer songs, including The Siket Disc instrumental “What’s the Use?” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo.” Phish covered the latter song several times in the 1980s and revived the number in the late ’90s. “Quinn the Eskimo” returned to regularly rotation last week in Telluride, CO.

Here’s the setlist via

In other news, Trey Anastasio mentioned Marco Benevento’s name last night instead of Marco Esquadolas during “Run Like An Antelope.” Benevento is one of a few musicians to have played with all four members of the band outside of Phish.

08/14/2010 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI

Set 1: Tube, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Funky Bitch, Reba, Fuck Your Face, Alaska, Back on the Train, Taste > When the Circus Comes, Lawn Boy, Sparkle, Gumbo, Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: The Sloth, Down with Disease -> What’s the Use? > Scent of a Mule, Mike’s Song > Dirt > Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley > Weekapaug Groove, Bug

Encore: Quinn the Eskimo

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