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Published: 2012/04/06

The American Pie Phish Connection

With American Reunion now in theaters, we felt it was time to look back on a 2005 Relix interview with American Pie creator
Adam Herz. At the time, Herz was a 32-year-old screenwriter/producer who had seen Phish 47 times since 1993. He was also an outspoken fan of jambands like Umphrey’s McGee, Robert Randolph, Keller Williams and, of course, the Grateful Dead. He even admits that all the American Pie films at onetime contained a few Phish nods.

“At one time or another, every Pie script had a Phish reference in it,” he reveals. “But all the noticeable ones fell out during the filmmaking process.” And while the “Boy! Man! God! Shit!” dialogue got cut, Herz maintains that “vague” references remain in the first American Pie film’s most famous scene.

To read the entire interview, be sure to visit


There are 13 comments associated with this post

joseph April 6, 2012, 16:47:16

Who cares??

Dave April 6, 2012, 17:16:09

Bad movie, bad band.

tyler April 6, 2012, 17:41:20

Dear Dave
You are misinformed -Musicians everywhere

me April 6, 2012, 17:52:33

Dave can’t help himself… he’s all giddy because “One Direction” is on SNL tomorrow… Dave’s a big Simon Cowell fan…

trevor P April 6, 2012, 18:16:20

so when Jim fucks the pie I guess its a reference to meatstick

CG April 6, 2012, 18:34:11

So what is the vague reference?

Tom April 6, 2012, 23:30:50

Is this really a story? Wow what a scoop! Journalism at its best!

Befuddled April 6, 2012, 23:42:24

As someone who frequently bashes content on this site — not to mention the oft-shoddy editing — I have to say that this is actually pretty interesting, despite what some might say. A scoop? Yes, probably, in the literal journalistic sense. Earth shattering? No. Kinda cool? Sure. And besides, where else would you have found this out? It won’t change your life, sure, but if you want news that will “mean something,” go watch CNN, or better yet, pick up a copy of the NY Times…

Mike April 7, 2012, 11:26:12

meatstick, good one Trevor!

Shred April 9, 2012, 12:12:24

Saw most of the cast at the Trey show, Hollywood Bowl.

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Echa April 24, 2012, 04:45:58

Joe went through a phase of dnwairg video games consoles. We don’t own any of these, so unsure where he got the idea. But he’d come home from preschool with dnwairg of a DS’ and didn’t even know what a DS was, really but this sketched out detailed picture with buttons and a screen and then explain to us what was going on in his game which had something to do with Micheal Jackson and waterslides.

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