Phish has never been considered a typically mainstream band, so it’s always a bit weird when the band or their music turns up on network television, whether that comes in the form of the group’s lone Saturday Night Live appearance in 2002 or as guest stars on The Simpsons that same year. One of the more bizarre crossovers came 18 years ago when the foursome’s “single” was broadcast on one of the most popular television shows of the era.
On October 27, 1998 Phish released their seventh studio album The Story Of The Ghost. A few weeks earlier the LP’s first single “Birds Of A Feather” turned up in an episode of The WB teen drama Dawson’s Creek. The series about a group of friends in the fictional town of Capeside was a big hit at the time as it was starting its second season. The sounds of “Birds Of A Feather” plays as Pacey Witter steals a police car. Take a look:
Believe it or not, the “Birds” soundtrack wasn’t the only Phish reference on Dawson’s Creek. A few years later, while Phish was on hiatus, Jen Lindley’s grandmother tells main character Dawson Leery that Jen was off at a “Phishing concert.” Dawson corrects her saying “Phish broke up, it’s Widespread Panic”: