Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #20: "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane

No list of female-fronted rock bands would be complete without Jefferson Airplane.  Along with Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick paved the way for female rockers.  Released in June 1967 as the second single off the band's second album (Surrealistic Pillow, which is a phenomenal album name, by the way), "White Rabbit" was a Top 10 song, peaking at #8 on the Billboart Hot 100, which is saying something because it has to be one of the creepiest songs in rock history.  It's about Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and it has that death march feel to it, match by the subdued guitars and Slick's penetrating voice.  The song builds and builds until Slick is shouting "feed your head!," an obvious drug reference, apropos in the Summer of Love.  

It's a great song to quote randomly.  For instance, when someone asks you what to say (in relation to anything), you respond with, "Tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call."  Then cackle uncontrollably for three to four minutes before slowly sauntering up to the person and whispering softly in his or her ear, "remember what the dormouse said."  Flash a smile that starts small and slowly becomes bigger and bigger until it's the creepiest ear-to-ear grin you can muster.  Keep that smile going for a good 30 seconds, staring intently into his or her eyes.  Then go back to whatever you were talking about as if nothing happened.

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