Phish Covers Compilation: Hook, Line and Sinker

Hook, Line And Sinker: Songs Covered By Phish
by Chewbacca Wookie

Updated in May 2010 (I originally posted this a few years ago. This is a new version, including 3 new cover tunes after Phish's 2009 shows.)

This is a compilation of the most Phishy of Phish covers. Whenever possible, the original versions of the songs by the original artists were used, or the versions of the songs that Phish covered (such as Palmer's Sneaking Sally). In the case of many older and traditional songs, such as Amazing Grace, I included a well known or traditional version, preferably from the era of the song.

While Phish played hundreds of cover songs during their almost 25 year career, this list is narrowed to the covers most commonly played in order to maintain the "Phishy" feel of the mix. Therefore, the only songs included are those that Phish performed on 3 or more occasions in their career. There may be a couple of exceptions to this rule, but such songs were featured in particularly legendary set sequences.

Using these guidelines, the list was narrowed down to a more manageable number: 117. This amounts to just over 7 hours of music, spanning their career.

The compilation is entitled "Hook, Line and Sinker" in tribute to the late Kurt Vonnegut, a fan of Phish who several years ago painted cover art for an imaginary Phish album for Glide Magazine's article, "Greatest Album Covers That Never Were." Vonnegut's artwork is included as part of the ID tags for these songs. The artwork can also be found here:

The order of the tracks coincides with the chronological order in which these cover songs were debuted, i.e. Long Cool Woman was the first cover (and first song) Phish played live, thus it appears first in the tracklist. Listening to this tracklist gives some insight into the kind of music that was inspiring Phish at different times through the years. A shuffle gives them a different feel every time. Enoy.

Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) – The Hollies
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Eyes Of The World – Grateful Dead
Fire – Jimi Hendrix
Scarlet Begonias – Grateful Dead
Whipping Post – The Allman Brothers Band
Cities – Talking Heads
Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley – Robert Palmer
Melt The Guns – XTC
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn, The Eskimo) – Bob Dylan
Have Mercy – The Mighty Diamonds
Skin It Back – Little Feat
Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Apollo Jubilee Quartet
Shaggy Dog – Lightnin' Hopkins
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
The Little Drummer Boy – Frank Sinatra
She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride – Taj Mahal
Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
Boogie On Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder
Ya Mar – The Mustangs
Corinna – Taj Mahal
Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Funky Bitch – Son Seals
Sparks – The Who
Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image
Take The "A" Train – Duke Ellington
Timber (Jerry The Mule) – Josh White
The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Aveenu Malcainu – Suzzy & Maggie Roche
Light Up Or Leave Me Alone – Traffic
La Grange – ZZ Top
Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
Rocky Top – Osbourne Brothers
Terrapin – Syd Barrett
Love You – Syd Barrett
Bike – Pink Floyd
Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
On Your Way Down – Allen Toussaint
Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix
Walk Away – James Gang
Time Loves A Hero – Little Feat
If I Only Had A Brain – Ray Bolger & Judy Garland
Undun – The Guess Who
Donna Lee – Charlie Parker
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Frankenstein – Edgar Winter
Auld Lang Syne – Guy Lombardo
Caravan – Duke Ellington
Carolina In The Morning – Al Jolson
Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin
Uncle Pen – Bill Monroe
Sweet Adeline – The Pittsburghers
How High The Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Paul And Silas – The Stanley Brothers
Manteca – Dizzy Gillespie
Wipe Out – The Surfaris
Touch Me – The Doors
Argent – Hold Your Head Up
Cracklin' Rosie – Neil Diamond
My Mind's Got A Mind Of Its Own – Jimmie Dale Gilmore
I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
Loving Cup – The Rolling Stones
Amazing Grace – Judy Collins
Pig In A Pen – The Stanley Brothers
The Great Gig In The Sky – Pink Floyd
Crossroads – Cream
Daniel Saw The Stone – Silver Leaf Quartette of Norfolk
Nellie Kane – Hot Rize
Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato
Yerushalayim Shel Zahav – Shuli Nation
Purple Rain – Prince
Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home – Patsy Cline
Ginseng Sullivan – Norman Blake
I Wan'na Be Like You – Louis Prima
Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
The Old Home Place – The Dillards
Foreplay - Long Time – Boston
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? – The Beatles
Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles
I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome – Bill Monroe
My Long Journey Home – The Monroe Brothers
Lonesome Cowboy Bill – The Velvet Underground
A Day In The Life – The Beatles
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Hello My Baby – The Barbershop Singers
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Life On Mars? – David Bowie
The Real Me – The Who
Sea And Sand – The Who
Drowned – The Who
The Star Spangled Banner (live from Super Bowl XXV) – Whitney Houston
Crosseyed And Painless – Talking Heads
Love Me – Elvis Presley
My Soul – Clifton Chenier
When The Circus Comes – Los Lobos
Beauty Of My Dreams – The Del McCoury Band
Soul Shakedown Party – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Izabella – Jimi Hendrix
Ain't Love Funny – J.J. Cale
Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Roses Are Free – Ween
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
Albuquerque – Neil Young
If You Need A Fool – The Del McCoury Band
Been Caught Stealing – Jane's Addiction
Sabotage – Beastie Boys
Back At The Chicken Shack – Jimmy Smith
Something – The Beatles
Rock And Roll – The Velvet Underground
Cool It Down – The Velvet Underground
Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Underground
Misty Mountain Hop – Led Zeppelin
Mellow Mood – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Shine A Light - The Rolling Stones

The 3 new songs added to reflect Phish's setlists from 2009 are: How High The Moon, Oh! Sweet Nuthin! and Shine A Light, each of which hit the "3 times played" rule. For those who downloaded the previous version, I have included a separate link below with just these 3 new songs with cover art and tags to match the rest of the songs, although you may need to adjust track numbers.

Complete updated compilation:

Part 1

Part 2

3 new Songs

A big THANK YOU to Chewbacca Wookie for putting this together!


Kid Dynamite said…
i think my favorite was Tears of a Clown - when they invited some girl from the audience on stage to sing, and it looked like it would be the mother of all train wrecks, but then the band fell into rhythm and picked up the girl and it was awesome
BTreotch said…
Wow.. Can someone throw this in the dropbox please?

Unknown said…
Nice to se this up here.

For the record, it is Chewbacca_Wookiee.

I have a 2011 updae of this compilation with 7 new songs added.

Updated in February 2011

Complete updated compilation in 2 parts:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Songs added to this newest version include: Lee Dorsey’s Sneakin’ Sally (instead of Palmer’s), Halley’s Comet, I Didn’t Know, Ramble On, After Midnight, Torn And Frayed and Fat Man In The Bathtub.

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