Thoughts On The Dead

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

Tag: 9/1/79

On Your Left

Takes a couple seconds to realize what’s wrong with the picture, right?


Opposite Day, as always, was a complete disaster.


“Hey, uh, guys? We wearing our enormous glasses today?”

“Obviously, Weir.”

“Yeah, man. Biggest you can find.”


If you don’t like 9/1/79, then you don’t like the Dead. And if you don’t like the Dead, why are you reading this bullshit? Who am I even addressing here? Ah, screw it: life is pointless.


Which band had the most lefties in it? I can’t think of any with more than one southpaw player. (Not counting natural lefties who learned to play right-handed because left-handed guitars were tough to find and/or more expensive.)

Wake Me When This September Jam Ends

Garcia calls the begonias “colored” in the 9/1/79 Scarlet>Fire, but then makes up for it by proclaiming that some of his best friends are begonias and that he once marched with Dr. Martin Luther Begonia.


Despite Garcia’s lyrical fumblings, he leads this one and completely ignores Phil trying to start Fire on the Mountain, extending a middle finger made out of 32nd notes and taking the jam into a soft and delicate place. (As soft and delicate as you can get with a Hammond B-3 and two drummers, anyway.) You can see the off-ramp disappearing in the rearview mirror and then all of a sudden, there it is: Phil’s bouncy stair-step riff.

This one comes from Spencer and it is officially the BEST EVAR Scarlet>Fire.