The Halloween Rumor Mill

From Phish Net Blog:
10/18/2010

So we’re two weeks out now and people are starting to look for clues. There’s no album game to play this year, so here’s what people are speculating about. Since I don’t know anything, I can just play along.

Rumor: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Selling England by the Pound – Genesis

Source: The image of a Halloween ticket really looks a lot like a random poster for a Philly Genesis poster

Case For: Those are rather similar images. Remember how they had a banana image for the calendar when they did Loaded? There was a hint! Also TLLDoB has been rumored for 98 and was a finalist last year.

Case Against: The Dog Faced Boy is also very similar to a standard image of the guy. Also it’s not exactly an image associated with Genesis; few people knew about that random poster before a week ago. Musically, it has the issue of being an unknown entity for the fans whereas they usually try to have one or two songs that everyone would know.

Rumor: A Night at the Opera – Queen

Source: A random series of images that purports to be a new Pollock poster that kind of looks similar.

Case For: There’s a new Pollock poster that has a similar look to the album cover. Everyone knows Bohemian Rhapsody and Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon.

Case Against: BR was already played as a one off gimmick on 12/31/96. Also the poster isn’t as close to the album cover as the ticket was to the poster.

Rumor: Larks Tongue in Aspic – King Crimson

Source: A bunch of people are claiming that’s what they’re hearing.

Case For: This is how Exile leaked. It was a finalist last year. It would be an interesting album for the band to play, hard to pull off but would potentially have huge rewards if they could.

Case Against: It has all of the Genesis issues with lack of songs that people knew. Moreover, there aren’t that many hooks in it so it could easily be a frustrating experience for many of the people at the show. Also, what would be done with the violin parts? Give them to Page?

Rumor: Graceland – Paul Simon

Source: My imagination.

Case For: It fits the clues that Trey (challenging) and Mike (allegedly in conversation called it a “dance album”) have said. Has songs people would know. I’d really like it.

Case Against: The only rumor for it is that I’d really like it. It’s no different than the people who are trying to manifest Zeppelin.