For this installment, we will compare the two bands on their attempts to cover Bob Marley songs.
Criteria: Marley Covers
The Dead: On March 26, 1988, after taking a nice pull off his joint and sip of beer, Jerry Garcia decides to attempt covering Bob Marley's Stir It Up, even though no one in the band really knows the lyrics, and it's technically Bobby's turn to choose the song anyway (the band had just played Sugaree). Here's a video capturing the moment:
Phish: On August 11, 1998, presumably after a few pulls of their own, Phish surprised everyone by opening their show at the Star Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA with Trench Town Rock. Rumor has it most of the fans mistook it for the opening of Harry Hood at first. Here's an audio clip from the show:
Analysis: After Jerry and Bobby stare at each other for a while, waiting for the other to sing, Bobby gamely tries. The attempt was so bad that it needed to be aborted a couple minutes in. Phish on the other hand pulled off a decent version of the tune. As one commentator on phish.net puts it: "the guys get the song’s sound about as right as four white New Englanders could ever get it".
This round: Phish
Tally so far: Dead 1, Phish 1