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There once was a band called Jefferson Airplane. The band played together with its original members from 1967-1971, appearing at (among other places) Woodstock and scoring a number of hit songs.
Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the "Summer of Love."
The band consisted of Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick.
The group broke up in 1972 (following Grace Slick's near-fatal car accident), and essentially split into the two bands.
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassady formed Hot Tuna, eventually adding former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Marty Balin as well.
At this same time, Jefferson Airplane's singer-guitarist Paul Kantner recorded Blows Against the Empire. This was a science fiction concept album featuring an ad hoc group of musicians, including former Jefferson Airplane members Kantner, Grace Slick, Joey Covington, and Jack Casady, as well as Crosby & Nash and members of Grateful Dead and Santana. The LP is credited to "Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship", marking the first use of the Jefferson Starship name. The band would officially come together in 1974, producing hit songs of their own, including a number one album in '74.
Over the course of the next decade, Jefferson Starship played on, slowing losing and replacing members.
In June 1984, Paul Kantner, the last remaining founding member of Jefferson Airplane, left Jefferson Starship, and then took legal action over the Jefferson Starship name against his former bandmates. Kantner settled out of court and signed an agreement that neither party would use the names "Jefferson" or "Airplane" unless all members of Jefferson Airplane, Inc. (Bill Thompson, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady) agreed.
The next album was finished with the five remaining members, consisting of Slick (the only original member of Jefferson Airplane , co-lead singer Mickey Thomas, guitarist Craig Chaquico, bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, and drummer Donny Baldwin.
They called themselves Starship.
This album, Knee Deep in the Hoopla, produced two number-one hits: Sara and We Built This City. It was the first time since 1974 that the band had a number-one hit record. The band went on to record two other number-one hit songs.
Grace Slick left Starship in 1988, joining the reformed Jefferson Airplane for one more album in 1989, before announcing that she was retiring from music.
The last member of the original Jefferson Airplane had left the music industry.
Despite the success of We Built This City, a 2011 a Rolling Stone magazine online readers poll named "We Built This City" as the worst song of the 1980s. The song's winning margin among was so large that the magazine reported it "could be the biggest blow-out victory in the history of the Rolling Stone Readers Poll."
I like the song, perhaps for nostalgic reasons.
I was led down this rabbit hole by this song, which I played as while Clara and Elysha were building a Lego set. I played the song off YouTube, which caused me to watch the video, which is unbelievable.
It's terrible, of course.
The length of time of a single shots in this video is astounding. They camera remains on musicians forever, simply refusing to cut away, and the fading in of various people and objects is just weird.
But something happens in the video around the 1:30 mark that makes absolutely no sense and blows my mind every time I see it.
You won't believe it.