Something smelly about them
October 27, 2021

Essay: One-man's journey into loving Phish

"I used to hate Phish" - Brad Nelson starts his Pitchfork essay about the jam band. "Their music is inherently uncool, like the washed-up refuse of classic rock, prog, and whatever you want to call what Zappa did fused into hideous sound sculpture. It rejects whatever you think of as tasteful or intelligent or even humorous. Lyrics are nonsensical, silly, and/or corny, with few exceptions. The members of the band are aggressively unbeautiful singers, especially when they attempt to harmonize". It all started to change in the pandemic, the author looks back.