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(YouTube)   On this day 44 years ago, Jefferson Airplane introduced trippiness to a bunch of prudes at American Bandstand. Enjoy their two biggest hits in black and white (No pretty colors, sorry)   (youtube.com) divider line 46
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2011-06-03 11:58:04 AM
I preferred the Jefferson Airplane offshoot: Hot Tuna with Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen - from 1970 here is Hesitation Blues

Link (here)
 
2011-06-03 11:58:42 AM
im guessin she was lip syncing....so sad
 
2011-06-03 12:11:52 PM

MagusMcCormick: im guessin she was lip syncing....so sad


There was really no choice for the band to perform live on AB or the British Top of the Pops.

Grace was not the greatest singer but she sounded great in her limited range.
 
2011-06-03 12:12:57 PM
I like the pot smoking gesture that Dick Clark slipped past the censors.
 
2011-06-03 12:22:52 PM
Yeah, the bassist has his cable wrapped around his guitar and no one else is plugged in. That and it sounds exactly like the album.
 
2011-06-03 12:29:19 PM
Jesus..

I hope yous guys are trolling. I'm not THAT old, but this is real music here.

They actually have a thing called talent. They could actually name several instruments, and usually could play at least one or two.

There is no lip syncing, piped in music, or auto tune going on here. Just pure, raw talent.
 
2011-06-03 12:32:42 PM
master_dman

I don't think anyone's trolling, it just makes sense. She's not mic'd. Should be your biggest give away. And the guitars aren't plugged into amps. This is in the days long before wireless. It's a just a television performance, not a live gig. No reason to get upset.
 
2011-06-03 12:44:07 PM

master_dman: Jesus..

I hope yous guys are trolling. I'm not THAT old, but this is real music here.

They actually have a thing called talent. They could actually name several instruments, and usually could play at least one or two.

There is no lip syncing, piped in music, or auto tune going on here. Just pure, raw talent.


Right... she can sing without a microphone but has to talk into one during the interview.
 
2011-06-03 12:56:55 PM
These cats used to live up the street from me on Fulton in a giant black Victorian.

/step off my lawn and get on my grass.
 
2011-06-03 01:00:24 PM
master_dman:

They didn't need to lip synch, it was/is just much easier to produce "live music" that way and many shows did and continue to do it in that manner.
No one is attacking JA's abilities as musicians.
 
2011-06-03 01:08:00 PM
You've got to feel bad for Marty...it was originally his band. And he's relegated to faking it on piano and doesn't get any time with Dick.

/said Dick in context
 
2011-06-03 01:11:34 PM
Never did like Jefferson Airplane/Starship/Trainwreck...whatever name they were going by at the time, but White Rabbit was a great song. Saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Atlanta and they covered White Rabbit and absolutely nailed it. Grace Potter (new window) is about 1,000 times hotter than Grace Slick.
 
2011-06-03 02:00:34 PM
Grace Slick is the original (or only) GGILF...
 
2011-06-03 02:14:49 PM
Nice Rick there at the start. Best guitar around.


/Ask the woman who plays one!
 
2011-06-03 03:18:01 PM

master_dman: Jesus..

I hope yous guys are trolling. I'm not THAT old, but this is real music here.

They actually have a thing called talent. They could actually name several instruments, and usually could play at least one or two.

There is no lip syncing, piped in music, or auto tune going on here. Just pure, raw talent.


As everyone else has pointed out, they were obviously lip-synching. Also, that was an almost universal practice on tv shows of the time, mostly due to technical limitations. It still is, as much as some people like to pretend otherwise.
 
2011-06-03 03:25:02 PM

El Freak: As everyone else has pointed out, they were obviously lip-synching. Also, that was an almost universal practice on tv shows of the time, mostly due to technical limitations. It still is, as much as some people like to pretend otherwise.


It still is, mostly due to talent limitations.
 
2011-06-03 04:33:13 PM
Featured artists typically performed their current hits by lip synching to the released version of the song.
 
2011-06-03 05:07:52 PM

ABQGOD: I like the pot smoking gesture that Dick Clark slipped past the censors.


Had to watch it again....nice catch.
 
2011-06-03 05:26:07 PM
That was fantastic. I have a severe crush on pre-Woodstock Grace Slick.
 
2011-06-03 06:02:32 PM

master_dman: Jesus..

I hope yous guys are trolling. I'm not THAT old, but this is real music here.

They actually have a thing called talent. They could actually name several instruments, and usually could play at least one or two.

There is no lip syncing, piped in music, or auto tune going on here. Just pure, raw talent.


You know how I know you didn't really watch the video grandpa?
 
2011-06-03 06:31:50 PM
I don't believe she is lip syncing in this Smothers Brothers appearance.

Link (new window)
 
2011-06-03 08:36:10 PM
It's got a good beat and you can dance to it. I give it a 98!!
 
2011-06-03 08:42:38 PM

master_dman: Jesus..

I hope yous guys are trolling. I'm not THAT old, but this is real music here.

They actually have a thing called talent. They could actually name several instruments, and usually could play at least one or two.

There is no lip syncing, piped in music, or auto tune going on here. Just pure, raw talent.


farm4.static.flickr.com

The absence of amplifiers and microphones indicate that a musical performer is mouthing along to their own record. This practice is known as lip synching.

I'm not thatold either, but all the performers lip synced on American Bandstand.
 
2011-06-03 11:14:19 PM

master_dman: There is no lip syncing, piped in music, or auto tune going on here. Just pure, raw talent.


You must be doing some of the drugs they are singing about because that performance was obviously lip-synched.
 
2011-06-03 11:50:18 PM
My sister met Grace Slick in a grocery store in Marin County, shortly before county workers burned Grace's house down and firefighters stole a bunch of her memorabilia. My sis was wearing high-heeled Chuck Taylors, and Grace complimented her on them.
 
2011-06-04 12:41:03 AM
So this is probably a fairly stupid question that shall incite the onslaught of fark music slobs (aka douchebags) .. But did they do lipsynching back in these days? It's either that or old bands knew how to sing better live.. Every band I listen to live these days sounds like the shiat was recorded in a 200 yard echo tunnel. This one sounds like it got ripped off a vinyl.
 
2011-06-04 12:41:35 AM
Anything good and musically worthwhile they ever did was negated by "We Built this City". They should DIAF!
 
2011-06-04 12:44:23 AM
Footnote:

The drummer just shakes his head the entire time. and keyboardist looks board as shiat lol . Both amused me and my bottle of rum greatly.
 
2011-06-04 01:34:33 AM
Doesn't matter that they lip synced or not. I'm just happy to see that their video is still out there, so others can see and hear them.
Awesome music.
I don't know why the record companies don't understand why they are losing money. They need to go find talent and innovation.
Maybe I'm just getting old , but in the last 10 - 15 yrs or so I have heard good, but not great.
Maybe we just need another revolution.
 
2011-06-04 02:30:22 AM
It's subtle, and correct me if I'm way off base here, but I think there might be some latent drug references in that song.
 
2011-06-04 03:34:24 AM

msannomalley: The absence of amplifiers and microphones indicate that a musical performer is mouthing along to their own record. This practice is known as lip synching.

I'm not thatold either, but all the performers lip synced on American Bandstand.


The "romero" meme. Tired.
 
2011-06-04 04:18:33 AM
Grace Slick certainly was a hornbag.
Obviously lip syncing was done because any group/artist couldn't possibly emulate the quality of studio recording live and the fact that session musicians probably played a large part in the recording.
 
2011-06-04 04:35:00 AM
Grace Slick is my new crush... I'm 27.
 
2011-06-04 06:30:54 AM
I actually remember watching this as a kid.
I'm glad somebody kept the tape.
 
2011-06-04 07:05:43 AM
Weird. The first thing that popped into my head when I started watching that? Jawbreakers. The closest store that sold records was a Kress store -- bought 45s (including both of these here), model kits and candy there, including those big jawbreakers. Giant orbs of sugar -- amazing I didn't lose all my teeth by the time I was 13. Still have a mono copy of Surrealistic Pillow.

Generally, live performances were the exception rather than the rule. I think Hollywood Palace usually had live bands, and on Sullivan, most were live but more than a few lip-synched or did live vocals to a prerecorded track. Other than that, I don't remember much live stuff.
 
2011-06-04 08:53:37 AM
Lip synced, but that's ok, it was the norm. I think Jack Casady having his plugs hanging over his bass in plain view is something of a light-hearted protest. (I heart that kind of thing!)

Were parents really scared by this at the time? It seems so quaint and inoffensive!

///peace!
 
2011-06-04 09:56:18 AM

tetzy: msannomalley: The absence of amplifiers and microphones indicate that a musical performer is mouthing along to their own record. This practice is known as lip synching.

I'm not thatold either, but all the performers lip synced on American Bandstand.

The "romero" meme. Tired.


i115.photobucket.com
 
2011-06-04 10:26:00 AM
I saw Starship (some remnants of JA/JS) more than a couple years ago.
They hired some young hottie to sing lead. Her voice was 'too good' for the songs. Everything seemed out of place, including back up band.
I can't remember which version of the band I saw, but I don't think there were more than two, and probably only one, of the 'originals'

/ Always wanted to make to Jorma's camp Link (new window)
// Have to wait until 'Bucket List' time to accomplish?
 
2011-06-04 10:42:50 AM
Gracie was one happenin' lady. She was once accidentally invited to an afternoon tea at the Nixon White House. She attempted to smuggle in a tab of acid with the express purpose of dropping it into Nixon's tea, but she was recognized at the door (perhaps only because she brought Abbie Hoffman as her date) and was disinvited on the spot. Citation, it pops.
 
2011-06-04 01:52:17 PM
Who won the war?
 
2011-06-04 03:06:59 PM
God...I could stalk her all day.

//44 years ago, that is.
 
2011-06-04 06:12:38 PM
Ooooooh! Look! We are going to try and upset the squares by pretending to look like a nun and monk!

How cutting edge.


I remember seeing them on ABS hawking 'Bless It's Pointed Little Head'.

And Van singing 'Brown Eyed Girl'...
 
2011-06-04 11:39:43 PM

windbag: Saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Atlanta and they covered White Rabbit and absolutely nailed it


The Emiliana Torrini cover from Sucker Punch kicks ass.
 
2011-06-05 12:15:26 PM
+1 to Emiliana Torrini. Credit to JA for the original, but Torrini knocked it out of the park with her rendition.
 
2011-06-06 03:33:02 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: My sister met Grace Slick in a grocery store in Marin County, shortly before county workers burned Grace's house down and firefighters stole a bunch of her memorabilia. My sis was wearing high-heeled Chuck Taylors, and Grace complimented her on them.


I met Grace lacing up a pair of boots on a guard rail in Hong Kong. She didn't say shiat to me.
But she still rocked back before she built this city.
 
2011-06-06 12:55:25 PM
They were indeed playing their instruments in this video and no lip syncing was involved. No, wireless technology was not around at this time. They are straight up astral projecting this straight into your melon head. That's how damn good the acid was back then.
 
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