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Creepy Love #2, “So fine”: Jefferson Airplane, “Watch Her Ride” (1967)

I knew with my last post I’d taken at least one too many swipes at love in song, and it was past time to go positive on this topic. But getting there isn’t easy: the next great trope I think … Continue reading

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Autonymous: Big Star, “O My Soul” (1974)

There ought to be an accepted Greek-based word for calling your own name.  How about “autonymy”?[1] Without such a word, how can we designate cases of  athletes referring to their own performance (“I feel like I’m a new Carlos Zambrano”) … Continue reading

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The Greatest Bass Note: Nirvana, “Heart Shaped Box” (1993)

I trust you’ve heard Krist Novoselic’s wonderfully sour bass notes under Kurt Cobain’s exclamations “Hey!” “Wait!” in the chorus of “Heart Shaped Box” (starting at 0:49). The sourness is the tone of the whole song and of Nirvana the band, … Continue reading

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The Hook Nobody Expects: Jefferson Airplane, “The Last Wall of the Castle” (1967)

Life feeds on novelty, so we’re constantly threatened with deadening repetition and disappointment.  One can be given a jolt and temporarily enlivened; but over time one gets jaded with jolts.  Unless there’s an ultimate jolt, a sovereign turn-on? I don’t … Continue reading

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Playing the Band: Jefferson Airplane, “Other Side Of This Life” (1969)

Music by a band conveys the joy of the players banding together. This is what I would think of first if I were asked to explain the inherent musical appeal of the very idea of a band or the sheer … Continue reading

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Truth as an Allusion: Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit” (1967)

A ban on literary allusion in rock lyrics strikes me as a good idea.  Wouldn’t it be great if Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” didn’t have those Tolkienisms?  Isn’t Grace Slick’s “rejoyce” more enjoyable as pure piano-driven dada than as a … Continue reading

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Wrongfooting: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Woodstock” (1970)

A book or film might start with a thrilling sequence that is suddenly revealed to have been all staged, or all in a character’s dream. (The last film I saw like this was Kung Fu Panda.)  Our leg has been … Continue reading

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