Wild Child

Originally Performed ByLou Reed
Original AlbumLou Reed (1972)
Music/LyricsLou Reed
Phish Debut1984-11-03
Last Played1988-09-08
Current Gap1853
HistorianErik Swain
Last Update2012-01-10


Those who are looking for the roots of Phish’s decision to cover the Velvet Underground’s Loaded for Halloween 1998 can go all the way back to one of the band’s very first shows. On 11/3/84 at the University of Vermont’s Slade Hall, the band attempts “Wild Child,” from VU hauteur Lou Reed’s debut solo album (consisting mostly of songs intended for VU). This performance of the song, similar in structure to Loaded’s “Sweet Jane,” features Trey attempting to mimic Reed’s voice by singing in a lower register, and ends with a very un-Reed-like psychedelic jam that segues into the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.” The only other known Phish performances of “Wild Child” are on 5/3/85 and 9/8/88. One might also do themselves the questionable pleasure to seek out a recording of "Wild Child" from Space Antelope's 12/7/82 gig featuring Trey and The Dude of Life.

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