So it's Jerry Garcia's birthday, and I haven't taken a shower yet — seems like the perfect time to post about the Dead! While I am not a hardcore Deadhead, I've got to say that this band was fucking great in a sloppy, spacy, "Where the fuck is this song going?!" sort of way. And no, it's not just the drugs talking — unless you consider Dunkin' Donuts a drug. (And in that case, the effects are more gastrointestinal than psychotropic.) Sure, I'll lose punk points for this post, and if my 16-year-old self ever gets a time machine he's going to kill me in my sleep, but whatever. It's Jerry's birthday, let's wade in the murky water.
So, let's open it up to the floor: What's your favorite Dead song? Mine is "Dark Star" (the single version), but I'm also a big fan of the over-the-top jams this song inspires. Especially this meandering 33-minute version from Winterland on December 11, 1972. Then again, this version from Jerry's birthday in '73 is pretty awesome, too. (And if you're wondering why I posted "Tennessee Jed," it's a ruse to trick my editor into think there's a local angle on this post.) So now I want to hear what y'all have got to say — favorite songs, favorite versions, favorite versions of versions, and all of that nerdy Dead shit.