Category: jefferson airplane

Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, “The Kiss,” by J…

Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, “The Kiss,” by Jim Marshall.

takealittlepieceoftheirhearts: My color edit o…

takealittlepieceoftheirhearts:

My color edit of Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, 1967, photo originally by Jim Marshall

Thunderpussy, “Somebody To Love”If you’re look…

Thunderpussy, “Somebody To Love”

If you’re looking for a contemporary band with a female-presenting name with roots in the crunchiest part of late 60s and early 70s, allow me to present the actual females of Thunderpussy, and their cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic!

The brand-new studio version is in fact terrific, but it put me in mind of the excellent version above from a KEXP performance recorded August 2, 2018. 

The fact is that I’m nuts about ‘em. Their eponymous debut album last year features prominently in my best of 2018 playlists over on Spotify (the short version here, the longer one here). 

They’ve done some stomping covers to start drawing a crowd beyond “Somebody to Love”, including the hardest-rocking version of “Taking Care of Business” you’ll ever hear (sorrynotsorry, BTO), from the movie Fighting With My Family (which I really enjoyed!)….

…but to my point about loving their record, their original songs are really where it’s at. 

I’ve offered two covers, so here are two originals.

First, “Speed Queen”, featuring a cameo from superfan Mike McCeady of Pearl Jam, who signed them to his label and produced (and played on) their first single. You won’t miss him, driving the Pontiac Firebird at around the 20 second mark,  chauferring the titular Speed Queen. He may pop up a couple more times, but I’ll count on the Pearl Jammies to school me on the rest.

I’m especially fond of bands who not only release eponymous albums, but feature eponymous title tracks. 

Here then is “Thunderpussy”, by Thunderpussy, from their album Thunderpussy.

Anyway, anyone who complains that there’s no great rock and roll being produced these days is probably only paying attention to contemporary men, who are in fact mostly really pathetic. 

MOST of the best rock and roll being produced today is by women, and, my fondness for Thunderpussy notwithstanding, a lot of the best of it doesn’t owe much at all to the past. Check out those Spotify playlists I linked to above for more details, but in the meantime, turn up the Thunderpussy! 

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I should note that we’re coming up on a big day for Thunderpussy. Despite dozens of products and companies with Pussy in the name able to receive trademarks, the US Patent and Trademark Office is using Urban Dictionary, of all resources, to deny Thunderpussy’s trademark application because the term is “disparaging”. Not obscene. Just rude. Based on Urban Dictionary.

Riiiight.

I’ll be honest, the P word isn’t one I use, nor one that the women in my immediate circle do. If you use it as a slur, please unfollow me

Otherwise, the point is that other people who do use that word for their companies and products ARE receiving patents, and the one enitity that isn’t is the one entity who’s reclaiming it as a word of power for women. This is neither incidental nor accidental, but another act of hostility against strong women by the legal establishment.

The Supreme Court will be considering this as part of another case, with arguments set to begin this week as I write this (mid-April 2019), after a 5-year fight.

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Photo via Seattle Times – check their article on the trademark fight here.

Even better, read this interview in Louderwire, which also goes into their musical influences and all kinds of other good stuff. Just a fantastic interview.

And don’t miss this editorial in Forbes, of all places, telling the Supremes to just suck it up and grant the trademark – way back in the summer of 2018! Yet here we still are….   Nothing Scandalous Here: It’s Time To Grant Thunderpussy’s Trademark

And for sure check out @Thunderpussiez on Instagram, including this great artwork by Ashley Longshore:

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Grace Slick, her mother Virginia Wing, and her…

Grace Slick, her mother Virginia Wing, and her daughter China, 1971, by John Olson for Life Magazine

soundsof71: Grace Barnett Wing I first poste…

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Grace Barnett Wing

I first posted this amazing photo in 2014, and since then, I’ve seen it mislabeled every which way, including being attributed to Woodstock (uhm, no), or Jefferson Airplane (no). What can I say? I was feeling poetic at the time, and since I  was feeling like this picture got to the heart of something uniquely GRACE, I went with her birth name for my caption, rather than my typical detail-oriented approach.

So here’s the rest of the story: this is Grace Slick with Jefferson STARSHIP, performing a free show on May 30 1975, in Marx Meadows (not Speedway Meadows or Hellman Meadows or Lindley Meadows, all of which I’ve also seen; details here) at Golden Gate Park. This was just before the release of Red Octopus less than two weeks later, by far the best album of any Jefferson-anything incarnation, and to this day, the best-selling as well.

I do still feel like this is the most GRACE of photos of her, so I was delighted to see it pop up her on her official Twitter feed last year, with this classically Grace quote: “I mean, brassieres and stuff, if you don’t want to wear one, just take it off.”

I still don’t know who took this amazing photo, though, so if anyone knows,  ping me, and I’ll add that as well.

Grace Slick, San Francisco January 1968, by Ba…

Grace Slick, San Francisco January 1968, by Baron Wolman, via forestdweller

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absolute-most:

Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane performing in Copenhagen (c. 1968)

August 28, 1968 at Falconer Salen, by Jan Persson

Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane. 

Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane. 

“You want to find out, jump in. When you get older, it’s not what you did that you regret, it’s what you didn’t do. I didn’t screw Jimi Hendrix and Peter O’Toole when they were young and kind of fabulous. I didn’t learn to ride a horse. I didn’t go to the Middle East. That I should have done. I should have gotten drunk one night – I always had my passport with me in case I felt like going somewhere.” 

Photo source here, quote source here

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There’s nothing like her

Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane, Fillmore East 1968, by Elliott Landy

Grace Slick backstage with the Airplane at Fil…

Grace Slick backstage with the Airplane at Fillmore East, May 1968, by Jeffrey Mayer, via forestdweller