Originally Performed ByPhish
Phish Debut1985-03-04
Last Played1989-10-14
Current Gap1645
HistorianMark Toscano


"Anarchy" was really no more than ten seconds of blaring punk chords supported by breakneck drumming from Fishman, all accompanied by repetitive shrieks of “Anarchy!” It was basically a joke song that didn’t even make it into the nineties – the final known version took place on 10/14/89. If you truly want to experience the many interesting and excitingly diverse versions of this tune, by all means listen to 4/15/86, 10/15/86, 4/29/87 (two in a row), and 8/10/87 (three in a row). 

“Anarchy” does have a bastard sibling, an equally thought-provoking composition supported by lyrics that almost live up to the sweet, poetic beauty of this, a song that finds us in perhaps Phish’s finest hour. Played only one delirious time on 10/17/85, “Revolution” will likewise have you cursing songs like “Reba” and “The Squirming Coil” as pedantic and amateurish.

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