Welcome to the 280th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the final and most difficult of June. The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of the three mystery clips – these clips are connected by a theme, but the theme needn't be part of the answer (though trust me on this one: it's going to be even more difficult if you don't pick up on the theme this week). Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!
Hint: It would've been nice to have had another clip this week, but though Phish has played "El Paso," they've never played in El Paso.
Answer: Pencils down! Thanks to the excellent idea from MJM Emeritus @runlikecarini, the Blog has its 20th victory in 279 (plus one voided contest) tries! The key to this week's MJM: Think of London, small city (6/16/97 I Don't Care); There's a lot of bridges / rich people in, Birmingham (5/2/94 Mike's Song -> Jam with Oteil Burbridge); Did I forget to mention Memphis? (6/14/95 Don't You Want to Go?). But what was the hint all about? In the Talking Heads alternate version of "Cities," there's another verse before Memphis:
Down El Paso way things get pretty spread out
People got no idea where in the world they are
They go up north and come back south
Still got no idea where in the world they are.
Come back on Monday when the difficulty drops back to "considerably easier" in MJM281, while two codes will be awarded.
Note: MJM Emeriti – stay tuned for an email.
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