Bittersweet Motel

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Bittersweet Motel
Phish - Bittersweet Motel.jpg
Directed by Todd Phillips
Starring Phish
Cinematography Elia Lyssy
Edited by Alan Oxman
Release dates August 25, 2000
Running time 82 mins

Bittersweet Motel (2000) is a documentary about the rock group Phish. The film was directed by Todd Phillips (later the director of Old School and The Hangover) and covers the band's summer and fall 1997 tours, plus footage from their 1998 spring tour of Europe. The documentary ends with The Great Went, a giant two-day festival held in upstate Maine which attracted 70,000 people.

The film's title comes from a Phish song of the same name, which is featured at the end of the movie.

Songs[edit]

Most songs that appear in the film were performed live unless noted. Eight cover songs are featured in the film, including the rehearsal and debut of Ween's "Roses Are Free" from their Chocolate and Cheese album. Two other notable debuts captured in the film are an early version of "Sleep" (played solo by Trey on his Languedoc guitar for the cameras which would later appear on their 2000 album Farmhouse) and a soundcheck of the band performing what was at the time the new faster arpeggiated version of "Water In Sky" that would be seen later that year in studio form on their 1998 album The Story of the Ghost.

The songlist clearly shows how the narrative of the film is not accurate to when the scenes were shot. The Great Went appears as the climax of the film, while in reality it's the first footage that Phillips shot for the movie.

Brian And Robert (rehearsal and performance) July 2, 1998 - The Grey Hall, Freetown Christiana, Copenhagen, Denmark

Birds Of A Feather (rehearsal) March 1998 - Unknown House, Burlington VT

David Bowie From the studio album Junta

Golgi Apparatus From the studio album Junta

Roses Are Free (Ween) (rehearsal and performance) December 11, 1997 - Rochester War Memorial, Rochester, NY

Down With Disease December 11, 1997 - Rochester War Memorial, Rochester, NY

Waste December 11, 1997 - Rochester War Memorial, Rochester, NY

Sleep Fall 1997 ?- Trey's Garage, VT

Love Me (Leiber and Stoller) (backstage rehearsal Mike and Trey) December 31, 1997 - Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Countdown > Auld Lang Syne > Tweezer December 31, 1997 - Madison Square Garden, New York NY

When The Circus Comes (Los Lobos) July 9, 1998 - Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain

Water In The Sky (soundcheck) June 29 or 30, 1998 - The Grey Hall, Freetown Christiana, Copenhagen, Denmark

Frankenstein (Edgar Winter) July 8, 1998 - Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain

Wilson July 8, 1998 - Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain

Hello My Baby (Howard and Emerson) July 9, 1998 - Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain

Punch You In The Eye December 11, 1997 - Rochester War Memorial, Rochester, NY

Character Zero August 16, 1997 - "The Great Went" Loring Commerce Center at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone ME

The Squirming Coil August 16, 1997 - "The Great Went" Loring Commerce Center at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone ME

Simple August 16, 1997 - "The Great Went" Loring Commerce Center at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone ME

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Deodato) August 17, 1997 - "The Great Went" Loring Commerce Center at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone ME

Loving Cup (The Rolling Stones) August 16, 1997 - "The Great Went" Loring Commerce Center at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone ME

Art Jam August 17, 1997 - "The Great Went" Loring Commerce Center at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone ME

Bittersweet Motel (backstage - Trey, Page, & Tom Marshall) July 8, 1998 - Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain

Tweezer From the studio album A Picture Of Nectar

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and VHS on March 6, 2001. Both formats feature extra footage, including uncut live performances of Punch You in the Eye, Maze, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars and Lawn Boy, as well as additional interview sequences that didn't make it into the film. The DVD edition also includes the original theatrical trailer and an interview with director Todd Phillips, and offers Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound. The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 Theatrical Aspect Ratio however the DVD is not anamorphic.

Personnel[edit]

Phish

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