Hayward on Phish on Genesis on Progarchy
Well, the title isn’t exactly right. But, hey, the world’s best biographer of the 40th president of the United States likes us. That counts for something. In fact, it counts for a heck of a lot. Thanks, Steve Hayward!
I just yesterday stumbled across the obscure cultural fact that at the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Phish—one of those hippie-jam band successors to the Grateful Dead—opened the proceedings with a dead-on cover of one of the oldest and least accessible tunes ever done by Genesis: “Watcher of the Skies,” from Genesis’s 1972 album “Foxtrot.” The thing about “Watcher” is that it’s one of those prog tunes that takes a long time to get going, and once you’re finally under way. . . well, let’s just say it’s an acquired taste and leave it at that. (Though I’ll admit it is a taste I fully acquired in college in the late 1970s. Must have been all that second-hand smoke. . .)
To keep reading at Powerline (one of the most influential websites in the world. . . yeah, I’m not letting this one go easily), click here.