Lately I've been listening to Jefferson Airplanes album Surrealistic Pillow nonstop. I have it on vinyl (thanks dad) but have also been playing it via youtube when I'm so pathetically lazy to the point that I can't bring myself to get up off my butt and flip the record and click play. These, in truth, are the days I most pity myself. I am lame. I am human.
Listening to this album makes me long for the ability to dance in impressive ways and move beatlessly to the music. Jefferson Airplane, for those unfamiliar, was a band in the 1960s, originally from San Francisco, that pioneered the psychedelic rock movement. Its original members included Marty Balin, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick. Founding band member Marty Balin was inspired by bands like the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel and wanted to continue merging folk music with classic rock to create new, groundbreaking sound. In addition to inspiring young and rebellious youth everywhere, they also headlined Woodstock in 1969. Two songs on Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow were included on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." My favorite song on the album is "She has Funny Cars."
The drum in the beginning of "She Has Funny Cars" reminds me of this old Disney cartoon called Blame it on the Samba from 1948. Supposedly, the "Best Animated Short" category at the Oscars was created in response to this animated cartoon.
Here is a quick interview with Jefferson Airplane and talk show host Dick Clark.