Full Show Audio: Pink Talking Fish Teams With Start Making Sense In Syracuse, Jim Thorpe & NYC

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Tribute acts Pink Talking Fish and Start Making Sense recently completed a three show run featuring intertwining sets from both bands. For those unfamiliar, PTF mixes the music of Talking Heads, Phish and Pink Floyd, while Start Making Sense is one of the nation’s premier Talking Heads tribute acts. The bands provided hours of non-stop music for fans between Thursday and Saturday.

PTF’s run with SMS began at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse on Thursday, October 19. The format of each concert was a set from Start Making Sense featuring a full band transition into Pink Talking Fish and then a repeat of the same for a total of four sets followed by a collaborative encore. In Syracuse, members of both act sat-in with each other at various points, “The Great Curve,” “Tube” and “Life During Wartime” were used for the full band transitions and the encore was a collaborative “Crosseyed & Painless.”

More of the same followed at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania on Friday night. “Cities,” “Nothing But Flowers” and “Young Lust” were used for the full band transitions and the encore saw the unveiling of a mashup featuring portions of “Burning Down The House” and “Tweezer Reprise.” The finale took place on Saturday night at Irving Plaza in New York City. “Moon Rocks,” “You Enjoy Myself” and “Nothing But Flowers” were used for full band transitions before the show and run came to a close with another “Burning Down Tweezer Reprise” mashup.

Taper Keith Litzenberger recorded and shared soundboard matrix recordings of all three shows for our listening pleasure.

Watch the “Burning Down The House”/”Tweezer Reprise” mashup captured by wklitz1:

October 19 Setlist & Audio (Taped by Keith Litzenberger)

Start Making Sense – Set One: Psycho Killer, Slippery People , Making Flippy Floppy, And She Was, Born Under Punches, Stay Up Late, Pull Up The Roots, Wild Wild Life, The Great Curve*% >

Pink Talking Fish – Set One: The Great Curve* > AC/DC Bag, Money > Thank You For Sending Me An Angel+, Timber > Have A Cigar > Love – Building On Fire > Tube* >

Start Making Sense – Set Two: Tube* > Slippery People, Nothing But Flowers, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Cities, Once in a Lifetime, Girlfriend is Better, Take me to The River, Burning Down the House, Life During Wartime*++>

Pink Talking Fish – Set Two: Life During Wartime* > Tube, Fearless+++ > Halley’s Comet > What A Day That Was%%, Pigs (3 Different Ones)> Cavern

Encore: Crosseyed And Painless**

  • *Full band transition
  • **Both bands onstage together
  • %w/ Eric Gould on bass
  • %%w/ Jon Braun and Jenny Founds on vocals
  • +w/ Runaway Jim tease
  • ++w/ In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed teases
  • +++w/ Prince Caspian tease

October 20 Setlist & Audio (Taped by Keith Litzenberger)

Pink Talking Fish – Set One: Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Run Like Hell, Tennessee Jed/Ocelot Mashup > Sheep > Famous Mockingbird > Sheep > Cities* >

Start Making Sense – Set One: Cities, Slippery People, And She Was, The Great Curve, Psycho Killer, Born Under Punches, Wild Wild Life, Road To Nowhere, Nothing But Flowers* >

Pink Talking Fish – Set Two: Nothing But Flowers > Tweezer > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > You Wreck Me, Run Like An Antelope > Young Lust* >

Start Making Sense – Set Two: Houses In Motion, Stay Up Late, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Life During Wartime, Once In A Lifetime, Girlfriend Is Better, Take Me To The River, Crosseyed And Painless

Encore: Burning Down The House/Tweezer Reprise Mashup**

  • *Full band transition
  • **Both bands onstage together

October 21 Setlists & Audio (Taped by Keith Litzenberger)

SMS Set One: Psycho Killer, Making Flippy Floppy, Slippery People, And She Was, The Great Curve, Cities, Life During Wartime, Moon Rocks*% >

PTF Set One: Moon Rocks > Punch You In The Eye > Astronomy Domine > Fame, You Enjoy Myself > Great Gig In The Sky+ > You Enjoy Myself** >

SMS Set Two: You Enjoy Myself%% > Road to Nowhere, What A Day That Was, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Once In A Lifetime, Girlfriend Is Better, Take Me To The River, Crosseyed And Painless, Nothing But Flowers*++ >

PTF Set Two: Nothing But Flowers > Dogs > Harry Hood, Have A Cigar+++ > Found A Job+++ > Dogs > Frankenstein

Encore: Burning Down The House/Tweezer Reprise Mashup%%

  • *Full band transition
  • **Full band vocal jam transition
  • +w Jenny Founds on vocals
  • ++w/ Dave Brunyak on guitar
  • +++w/ Jon Braun on vocals
  • %w/ Little Drummer Boy tease
  • %%Both bands onstage together
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