Birds of a Feather (Phish song)
|"Birds of a Feather"|
Cover of promo single
|Single by Phish|
|from the album The Story of the Ghost|
|Recorded||March 11–15, September 29-October 2, 1997; April–June 1998, Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and March 4–7, April 7–11, 1997, Dave O's Farmhouse|
|Genre||Rock, Funk rock|
|Label||Elektra PRCD 1191-2|
|Songwriter(s)||Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Tom Marshall, Page McConnell|
|Phish singles chronology|
"Birds of a Feather" is a 1998 song by the American band Phish. It is the second track from their 1998 album The Story of the Ghost and was released as their twelfth promotional single by Elektra Records. The song is a funk rock song written by the entire band and lyricist Tom Marshall.
First descending from the rafters of the Nassau Coliseum on the first night of the Island Tour and mercilessly strafing the unsuspecting crowd, "Birds of a Feather" is pretty obviously a product of Phish's fascination with Talking Heads (and, in particular, "Crosseyed and Painless") following their recreation of Remain in Light on Halloween 1996. The tune's uptempo-but-funky rhythm, and especially Trey's guitar lick, strongly evoke "Crosseyed."
The song premiered on April 2, 1998 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the first of the four shows in the "Island Tour". This show is available as Live Phish 4-2-98. Musically, it was one of the more upbeat tracks from the predominantly slow and funky The Story of the Ghost album.
"Birds of a Feather" is one of the few Phish songs to be performed three times on U.S. national television. The song was first performed at the 1998 Farm Aid concert, on October 3, 1998, and shown live on CMT. It was also played at PBS's Sessions at West 54th on October 20, 1998 which was broadcast on PBS affiliates starting on January 9, 1999. The third performance was on the October 27, 1998 episode of CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.
- "Birds of a Feather" (Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Tom Marshall, Page McConnell) - 4:14
- Trey Anastasio – guitars, vocals
- Page McConnell – keyboards, vocals
- Mike Gordon – bass guitar, vocals
- Jon Fishman – drums, vocals
Also appears on
- Live Phish Volume 6 (2001)
- Live Phish Volume 8 (2002)
- Live Phish Volume 16 (2002)
- Live Phish Volume 17 (2003)
- Live In Brooklyn (CD/DVD) (2006)
- Live in Utica (DVD) (2011)
- Ventura (2013)
- Birds of a Feather History Online. Accessed: May 18, 2014.