Jefferson Starship “Jane” (1979)

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Let’s call this one a guilty pleasure.

Grace Slick was one badass rock n’ roll singer, a pioneer with the original Jefferson Airplane as well as the less-appreciated group that evolved from it, Jefferson Starship. The operatic vocals heard here, however, are not hers but those of Mickey Thomas (previously best known as the singer on Elvin Bishop’s biggest hit ‘Fooled Around And Fell In Love’). This tune has got the colossal power chords, the dizzying repeated piano strikes, a healthy dose of cowbell, and a ripping guitar solo at its center (and, of course, it also plays over the opening credits of that godawful movie Wet Hot American Summer). But who can deny it reaches its wonderfully cheesy zenith at the 3:15 mark with Thomas shrieking “Janey! Janey! Janey! Janey! Jay-yay-yay-ay-nane-aay!!”? Can’t help but say, that’s pretty slick.

For comparison, here’s Mickey with Elvin

Wet Hot American Summer – opening credits


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