Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Thoughts, ideas, memories, you name it! Share your favorite stories, albums, tracks and more.

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby usedtobebabson on Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:00 am

Well JA really blew the viewers minds when they did Lather on the Ed Sullivan show. JA's music was mostly all designed to blow your mind, even the love songs were beyond the edge, and thus they gave us "Lather", which did a pretty good job of it!
Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone? Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?
User avatar
usedtobebabson
 
Posts: 196
Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:37 pm
Location: Seattle, Washington

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby plasticfantastic on Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:30 pm

Good point, Babson-- isn't that the clip where Grace comes on in blackface?

Definitely a good song for mind-blowing, as even its adversaries will likely admit.
Trouble in mind, lord I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
The sun's gonna shine in my door,
Shine in my back door someday
User avatar
plasticfantastic
 
Posts: 384
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:17 pm
Location: Sunny California, not San Francisco though. If only...

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby EmbryonicRabbit68 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:31 pm

Actually, the one where Grace went on wearing blackface was on Smothers Brothers, their second appearance on the show. I don't think they ever did Lather on Ed Sullivan, just Crown of Creation.

Personally, Lather is one of my favorite Airplane songs, I adore every thing about it. Sometimes I put on Crown just because I wanna hear that song, the guitar work is relaxing to me, so is the way Grace sang it. It just makes me feel very good :D .
Hide, Witch, Hide!
The Good Folks come to Burn Thee
Their Keen Enjoyment hid Behind
The Gothic Mask of Duty!
User avatar
EmbryonicRabbit68
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:36 pm
Location: OK-LAHOMA!

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby Nipper on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:09 pm

Speaking of the weirdest JA songs, I agree about "The Saga Of Sydney Spacepig”, ”Would You Like A Snack , "Rejoyce”, "Never argue with a German if you're tired…”, "A small package of value will come to you, shortly", "The House at Pooneils Corners", “RiBump Ba Bap Dum Dum”, “Chushingura”, “Lather” mentioned above… I love them all. They all are great! Even the names of the songs are weird :wink:

And what about “Bear Melt”?! It sounds very trippy and weird to my ears. I think it’s pretty underrated, but to me it is a masterpiece…
And when I think of the weirdest JA songs, ”Share A Little Joke” and “You Wear Your Dresses Too Short” also come to my mind… I don’t know why but they sound “weird” to me…
User avatar
Nipper
 
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:02 am
Location: Russia

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby Nipper on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:19 pm

usedtobebabson wrote: JA's music was mostly all designed to blow your mind, even the love songs were beyond the edge


I absolutely agree...
So I think it's not easy to choose the weirdest song :)
User avatar
Nipper
 
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:02 am
Location: Russia

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby usedtobebabson on Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:47 am

Lather was done on the Smothers Bros then! I was thinking that when I posted but wasn't sure. It was just Gracy shown all alone, with the rest of the bands faces floating around superimposed on the video.
Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone? Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?
User avatar
usedtobebabson
 
Posts: 196
Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:37 pm
Location: Seattle, Washington

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby georgef76 on Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:39 am

The second song on After Bathing at Baxter's,can't think of the name right now.

Also the Other Side Of This Life At Altamont on the Gimme Shelter video, is pretty weird.
There was a lot going on that day, lot's of people on drugs, there was a real strange feeling in the air that day , which comes through in the music as well.
georgef76
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Sat May 17, 2008 12:09 am

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby plasticfantastic on Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:32 pm

Well, it's a great version, but obviously the small riot that broke out in the middle of it made it a little strange. What a mess... I saw "Gimme Shelter" recently. A really fascinating piece of film. One of the more fascinating things about it was the Rolling Stones' performance at the end-- I'm not a big Stones fan, but it was incredible to see Jagger up there, obviously knowing full-well that the performance that had been basically his band's brainchild had failed. Quite miserably. Or so it seemed at the time.
Trouble in mind, lord I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
The sun's gonna shine in my door,
Shine in my back door someday
User avatar
plasticfantastic
 
Posts: 384
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:17 pm
Location: Sunny California, not San Francisco though. If only...

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby redrabid on Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:25 pm

"Other Side" at Altamont isn't weird, it is bad. A very bad performance of a song that used to be one of the highlights of a JA show. It is very untogether and Bill Wyman of the Stones wrote in one of his books how very out of tune JA played at Altamont. Of course he is right. Being a fan of JA I have heard a lot of live performances and yes, they were often playing out of tune, the singers and, surprisingly for a talented guitarist, especially Jorma Kaukonen. Too often. JA was a band with two faces: When they were bad, they were really bad, but when they were good they were very, very good. But, alas, that didn't happen too often. But strangely, that is what I like about JA, they took chances.
redrabid
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:31 pm

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby Nipper on Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:46 pm

redrabid wrote: JA was a band with two faces: When they were bad, they were really bad, but when they were good they were very, very good. But, alas, that didn't happen too often.


“I always wished we could do that clean Crosby, Stills & Nash harmony”, says Slick. “ I preferred to practice so that you know the thing backwards and forwards. You don’t have to think about it, you just do it. The Airplane didn’t practice, we just hoped for the best”…
(from the liner notes of “Blows Against The Empire” CD)

One of my most favorite versions of "Other Side" is from the "Live At The Fillmore East " (1968) CD...
User avatar
Nipper
 
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:02 am
Location: Russia

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby Susan Butcher on Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:09 pm

I agree, RR. Music is more exciting when the players take chances. I saw Jethro Tull once, and they sounded exactly like their records. Meticulous but boring. At the other extreme, I've seen Damo Suzuki three times. One show was great, but the others were painful. That's what you get when you play without compositions or rehersals. Despite that, the idea of plucking music out of the ether is very appealing to me. Because I HATE practising!
"I ain't got the blues no more I said"
User avatar
Susan Butcher
 
Posts: 898
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:00 pm
Location: Victoria, Australia.

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby okeedoe on Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:44 am

You have lacked a discipline ever since you were a kid.That's why you haven't achieved as much as you could have.Lazy,naughty bird,you.
okeedoe
 
Posts: 650
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:39 pm

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby EmbryonicRabbit68 on Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:53 am

I think Other Side at Altamont is an example of what the Airplane went through during 1970, but earlier on. I've heard a few shows from that year and most of them stunk. Great songs and all, always nice to hear new solos and such, Grace's banter was always nice too, but there was something missing. From Jack and Jorma especially, I think Hot Tuna was on their minds. And Grace sounded off-key a lot... It was the nature of 60s band running it's course in the 70s. Sad, but a reality, they were a 60s band. The 70s was too polished for them.

As for live shows, I agree that less practice leads to more interesting shows, but improvise-oriented bands really are the best at live shows - Airplane, Dead, Who, Cream, Purple, ect. Although, I don't know about Jethro Tull sounding just like the record, you must've them since the 80s, Susan. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, they really jammed, and really good too.

This is a bit random but somewhat close to subject, does anyone else think that Today is the greatest love song ever written? I've often thought that.
Hide, Witch, Hide!
The Good Folks come to Burn Thee
Their Keen Enjoyment hid Behind
The Gothic Mask of Duty!
User avatar
EmbryonicRabbit68
 
Posts: 369
Joined: Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:36 pm
Location: OK-LAHOMA!

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby Nipper on Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:42 am

EmbryonicRabbit68 wrote:This is a bit random but somewhat close to subject, does anyone else think that Today is the greatest love song ever written? I've often thought that.


“Today” is a very beautiful and magical song, and I think it’s one of the greatest love songs ever written…
And Grace thinks so, too! Look what she says in her book (page 225): “ I think “Today” and “Comin’ Back to Me” are two of the best love songs ever written”…
User avatar
Nipper
 
Posts: 35
Joined: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:02 am
Location: Russia

Re: Weirdest Jefferson Airplane Song

Postby usedtobebabson on Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:07 am

EmbryonicRabbit68 wrote: Although, I don't know about Jethro Tull sounding just like the record, you must've them since the 80s, Susan. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, they really jammed, and really good too.

This is a bit random but somewhat close to subject, does anyone else think that Today is the greatest love song ever written? I've often thought that.


Jethro Tull was real big where I came from on the East Coast. I always listen to Aqualung.

I have been listening to "Today" daily for about 3 months now, ever since I added a "worst of JA" CD to my vinyl copy of it. I have an experience, asking a girl out a couple of months before I got my draft notice, end of '68. I play the song and the memory rerun and I am overwhelmed at the sheer power of this song. I like to sprinkle in a little of "It's no Secret, and "Watch her Ride" also. Then "Greasy Heart" comes along and chills it down a couple notches! :shock:
Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone? Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?
User avatar
usedtobebabson
 
Posts: 196
Joined: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:37 pm
Location: Seattle, Washington

PreviousNext

Return to Jefferson Airplane Discussions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest