Thoughts On The Dead

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

Random Thoughts On The Dead

The Timi’i people have only five words for colors, which seems odd until you realize that they live in a triple canopied rainforest and the colors are Green, Really Green, Thing That’s About To Kill Me, Sun’s In My Eyes, and Night.

In Phil’s secret language of dreams, his word for “roadie” is the same as his word meaning “one about to be chastised.”


I sometimes need to hear five or six versions of the same song in a row. Part of that last sentence was a lie: I sometimes need to hear Mississippi Half-Step  five or six versions in a row.


Bobby was never more than two or three feet away from the note he intended to sing. Sometimes, this was an exciting musical choice–listen to Sugar Magnolia. Sometimes. Garcia’s voice was too fragile and sweet for the rockers, but it was in tune far more often than Bobby’s. Phil’s voice had a weird barbershop quartet thing to it, plus Phil’s larynx had not been informed of the fact that Phil had perfect pitch. At shows in the ’80’s, Enthusiasts hoisted signs reading Let Phil Sing. Note that these signs did not say Let Phil Continue to Sing: it was clearly seen as a one-time thing.

Pig wasn’t so much good at singing notes as he was at singing songs.


I’ll give the Dead this: they wouldn’t have put up with that My Little Pony shit at all.

The Dead did not subvert gender roles: they rejected your post-modernity and replaced it with a system that encouraged calling your wife “your old lady,” out loud and in public and getting away with it, which if you think about it, is a pretty good trick the guys played on their old ladies.


Could it be a coincidence that Roe v. Wade occurred in 1973? Is it chance that the landmark reproductive rights decision took place the VERY SAME YEAR that the Dead was just, y’know, killin’ it?


  1. good post,,,just curious, can you share a bit about your references of Phil and his abusive attitude towards roadies? As a long time head, this information is new to me…thanks.

    • I gotta say, a lot of it is reading between the lines of the “official story.” In “Long Strange Trip,” McNally mentions about Phil’s attitudes and crankines, especially during the so-called Heineken Years. Phil also admits to being bit cranky when things didn’t go right in his own book.
      But a lot of it, much like most of the nonsense in these bloggings, is entirely made up.

  2. that roe v wade shit tho. holy guadalupe. i hope someday you resurrect this blog because every part of it is PURE FUCKING BLISS.

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