Porno Funk’d

In honor of the recent 3 year anniversary of having the band back together, I wanted to pull out one of my favorite Phish Youtube gems.  Space porno funk at it’s finest- Rockpalast Fest in Lorely Germany, June 22, 1997.

I am a huge fan of the slow, bassed out, dirty filthy funk style Ghost (who isn’t?).  And while the whole “space funk” thing is often associated mainly with the Europe ’98 shows (Prague Ghost probably being the most well known example), a lot of the winter/spring/summer ’97 shows are a bit spacy as well, just in a different way.  A lot of the spaciness in the ’98 era Ghosts comes from the heavy “Waaaa Waaaaa” Star Trek-esque effects echoing in the background, creating that classic “outerspace” vibe.  Yet the more minimalistic approach of this 97 Ghosts end up giving it a very quirky and empty sound, resulting in an awesomely primitive space-like feeling.  I’ll take em both any day.

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