YMMV / The Grateful Dead

  • Awesome Music: An awful lot of it, given the band's Long Runner status. American Beauty is usually cited as the band's best, with Workingman's Dead and Anthem of the Sun being a close second. As for the band's live output, fan opinions are divided (as would be expected with a band that toured as long and was as thoroughly documented as the Dead; the band played some 2,350 shows), but frequently cited contenders for Best Show Ever include:
    • February 13 & 14, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York, NY (parts of these were released on Dick's Picks Vol. 4 and Bear's Choice; the 13th is usually cited as the superior show due to the half-hour-each versions of "Dark Star" -> "That's It for the Other One" -> "Turn on Your Love Light")
    • May 2, 1970 at Harpur College, SUNY, Binghamton, NY (almost the entire performance was released as Dick's Picks Vol. 8, but the electric set is unfortunately in mono)
    • August 27, 1972 at Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, OR
    • May 8, 1977 at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (compounding this show's reputation is the fact that it was the first A+-quality soundboard bootleg many fans heard, but it's still a very good performance from one of the band's best years)
  • Face of the Band: Jerry Garcia, no matter how much he insisted that he wasn't. In fact, after Garcia died, the remaining bandmates toured a few times as The Other Ones before changing their name to "The Dead".
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: The surprise success of Touch of Grey was a mixed blessing for the band and longtime Deadheads who were known for their peaceful, mellow hippie attitudes with nothing seriously bad happening at shows to...Maybe this video will explain it a little better.
  • Mainstream Obscurity and Pop-Cultural Osmosis: If you have to name a cult rock band they are perhaps the best example, due to their fanbase even having a special nickname ("Deadheads") and many of them religiously attending their concerts. They are also most people's idea of hippie music. Yet, when all of that is said and done: other than "Touch of Grey", how many songs or albums can you name by this group? That's right, the Grateful Dead are actually more famous as an iconic hippie band,stoner band and/or concert experience than for their songs or albums.
  • Newbie Boom: "Touch Heads", the fandom name for those who became fans of the band because of the success of "Touch of Grey" in the late 80's.
  • The Scrappy: Vince Welnick, the last keyboardist often saw himself as this, even after he was excluded from several of the post-Garcia reunion concerts.
  • Signature Song: Almost certainly "Truckin", although "Box of Rain", "Casey Jones", and "Touch of Grey" also have strong claims.