Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

And They’re Off

Totally forgot about this one, but at least Spencer got something wrong, too, so I don’t feel alone in my dopitude. I guess there’s also Going the Distance by Cake; Horse With No Name was not about a horse race, but there was a horse.

Of note in the video:

  • Bobby spent as much time on his hair as the rest of the band combined.
  • Phil is really into it, but I don’t know if his bass was plugged in; Phil never quite figured out what to do during the acoustic segments.
  • The song is less than two minutes long, and yet this is the Grateful Dead.
  • From 2:00 until the end is Billy’s greatest moment; even if you don’t watch the whole thing, go to 2:00 and check Billy out.
  • Garcia doesn’t get enough credit for his backup harmonies.


  1. Jerome Garcia

    May 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    God I love Billy. Cumulative effect of the drummers’ mustaches is immaculate. Mickey & his stache aren’t quite the personification of cocaine as they can & have been.

  2. the minute or two after the video cuts out are among my all-time favourite grateful dead moments.

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