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Garden Party

Vocals: Mike

Original Artist: Ricky Nelson

Original Album: Garden Party (1972)

Debut: 2012-12-31

Historian: Tim Wade (TheEmu)

Last Update: 2013-03-01

On October 15, 1971, Ricky Nelson joined the likes of Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry and Bobby Rydell for a concert at Madison Square Garden. Nelson, with long hair and wearing typical 70’s attire, began his set by playing some of his old hits. Then he broke into “Country Honk,” a country version of The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman,” and when the crowd began booing, Nelson left the stage. Whatever the reason for the crowd’s reaction, Nelson thought it was because he looked different and played something unfamiliar to the fans, and he channeled his displeasure with the episode into a single released the following year. “Garden Party” recounts the events of the concert and Nelson’s ultimate conclusion that “You can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.”



Ricky Nelson, “Garden Party”

It’s interesting to note that a song which laments not being able to play new material led off the final Phish concert in 2012, which was the first touring year since Phish’s 1983 formation in which no original songs were debuted. It’s hard to imagine that the band wasn’t aware of the irony when Mike crooned, “If memories were all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck.” But the choice to open their New Year’s Eve 2012 concert with “Garden Party” was also appropriate, hinting at that year’s gag, which included artificial turf covering the arena floor and stage; actors sunbathing and playing croquet, badminton, and golf; and a “runaway golf cart marathon.” The song also made its Phish debut, in the arena for which it is named, on the 27th anniversary of Nelson’s death.



Phish, “Garden Party” – 12/31/12, New York, NY

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phishyzo Reply
Come up w/ new stuff? Hell, just play some songs off of "Round Room" and "Undermind".
There's a lot of good music on those albums that the band seems to have abandoned.
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cosmicspacephunk Reply
@Fleezer said:
Um, maybe they should get some new material. Garden Party was a fun and fitting opening song for the 31st but it was followed by another Possum. Please guys, please, come up with some new stuff to plug some of these giant holes in these sets.
They played Possum after Garden Party in direct relation to Garden Party's theme. They don't care that you don't like Possum, they LOVE it so they are going to rock it the fuck out.
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whrdina Reply
whrdina Honestly, if they're living by the philosophy of "you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself" then I'm a happy guy. They wrote most of the songs we don't want them to stop playing way back when in the days they seemed most content pleasing themselves. I imagine in those days playing music was more fun and discovery than work and responsibility. To my way of seeing things- the best art and creativity comes from joy or despair- me personally- I prefer the joy stuff (most of the time) and Phish does it better than anyone, ever.
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Fleezer Reply
Fleezer Um, maybe they should get some new material. Garden Party was a fun and fitting opening song for the 31st but it was followed by another Possum. Please guys, please, come up with some new stuff to plug some of these giant holes in these sets.
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