Back in 1998, The Disco Biscuits were starting to settle in to their “trancefusion” stylings and putting on some epic performances that lasted for what seemed like hours on end. The Philadelphia-based band became a staple at NYC’s iconic venue Wetlands Preserve during this time period, at many times testing the patience of the staff due to their penchant for pushing on and playing into the wee hours of the morning.
This was most evident during a 2-night run at the venue leading up to their New Year’s Eve show at Silk City Lounge in Philly. During the first night, the Biscuits played a 4-hour marathon to a sold-out house, which acted as a post-Phish MSG celebration that went until 5 am. “Run Like Hell > Shem-Rah Boo” got things warmed up rather early on, along with the debut of “Above the Waves”, as well as a standout 25-minute version of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte,” which witnessed some incredible psychedelic jamming which led into the proper ending of “Run Like Hell”. “Magellan” made an appearance during the four-song encore, and “Mr. Don” brought the evening to a close.
Take a listen to the 12/29/98 Wetlands show below, courtesy of taper John Madigan.
The Disco Biscuits – Wetlands Preserve – New York, NY – 12/29/98
Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Wetlands Preserve | New York, NY | 12/29/1998
Set One: Pat and Dex, Run Like Hell* > Shem-Rah Boo, Smoothie King, Morph Dusseldorf, Mulberry’s Dream
Set Two: Norwegian Wood, Above The Waves**, Barfly, Trooper McCue, Bazaar Escape, Basis For A Day, Boogie Stop Shuffle, Little Shimmy In A Conga Line, Pygmy Twylyte > Run Like Hell
Encore: Plan B > Magellan, Wet, Mr. Don
**first time played