I agree with every single word of this article and could add about 10,000 more.
The only moderately good thing to have spawned from this whole fucking decades long Phish nightmare was the emergence of Oysterhead, and that was only good because Les Claypool probably threatened to beat Trey Anastasio to death with an upright bass while choking him out with a whammy bar (in reality, they are friends, but a lot of my life is self created fiction these days).
I feel very strongly about this. Phish is a musical abomination, and when people come to my house and ask me if I have any Phish or want to listen to Phish, I look at them like they had just asked me to have a conjugal relationship with one of my pets and all I can think is “Get out of my house and do no come back.”
And don’t even start in on the Dead, haters. We had Jerry and Pigpen and the Godchaux’s and Bobby Weir and Robert Hunter writing songs and well, just don’t even fucking start. If you say there is no difference between the Dead and Phish, you might as well tell me there is no difference between Bush and Gore. And you are an idiot.