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Or maybe it wasn't quite so effortless. According to a recent interview given by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, the band had a handful of television monitors set up at strategic points around the stage, so the timing would be spot-on...even while they were righteously stoned. And word is, the group put themselves through a Dune boot camp of sorts. They read passages from Frank Herbert's novel to one another and refused to answer to anything other than the character names they had selected (Anastasio, for example, was Paul Atreides, played by a young Kyle MacLachlan in the film), even dressing in full costume and makeup...mostly while stoned.

Whatever, it worked--that is, if you can reasonably call a six-disc set, devoted to one concert, that matches up (in the most minute of ways) with a ponderous version of a film that was overly long in the first place a "success." Oh, you can? Cool.

An interesting "Easter egg" on Hampton Comes Alive: MacLachlan makes an uncredited cameo at the end of disc six, adding backup vocals to the group's cover of Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping."

Key Sync Moments:

During the scene in which Duke Leto Atreides is betrayed and murdered by the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (played by Armed and Dangerous' Kenneth McMillan), Phish launches into a rousing version of the Will Smith hit "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It." As the climactic killing occurs, Anastasio sings, "No love for the haters, the haters." Exactly.

ABC's in-its-prime TGIF lineup (Perfect Strangers, Full House, Growing Pains, etc.) and G.G. Allin's Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies

The late, and not exactly lamented, hardcore punk icon was notorious in his hatred of, well, pretty much everything. Top spot on his literal shit list was reserved, however, for ABC's Friday-night block of back-to-back-to-back-to-back sitcoms, each one, he believed, a little cornier than the one before it.

Eventually, his loathing manifested itself in this disc, called by some That G.G. Is Fucked--TGIF, get it?--because of its long-rumored association with ABC's end-of-the-week lineup. (Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies corresponds closely with the shows broadcast on Friday, January 15, 1988.) Coked-up and only marginally coherent (as ever), Allin didn't appear to have a concept album in him at the time. However, this last gasp of somewhat creative crudeness proves that he did. Unfortunately.

Key Sync Moments:

Toward the end of the episode of Perfect Strangers, while Balki Bartokomous and "Coosin" Larry Appleton engage in their oft-seen "Dance of Joy," Allin provides the pair with some dancin' music, the brutal "Suck My Ass It Smells." Jo Marie Payton-Noble (as Harriet Winslow, later to turn up on Family Matters) appears to mutter the title of the song as she turns away in disgust.

Later, during Growing Pains, as Jason and Maggie and the rest of the Seaver clan celebrate the birth of their fourth child, Krissy, Allin tears into a startlingly apropos two-fer, "Family" and "Young Little Meat." Song No. 2 begins immediately after Ben Seaver compares his newborn sister's appearance to "a big Vienna sausage." We'd guess Allin had something else in mind.

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