Jefferson Airplane is cool, right? I mean my mom, who smoked a lot of pot thought they were cool, so they must have been cool. At least they were cool to a teen living in central Michigan like my mom. Although one must consider that in 1967 when Jefferson Airplane released “White Rabbit” she was only 8 years old. Coincidentally when I was 16 years old, in 1996 my highschool marching band played “White Rabbit” during the half-time festivities at every home and away football game. We totally rocked it. Of course that year we also played “Come Out and Play” by the Offspring. Yes, in 1996 my highschool marching band played an Offspring song. We fucking ruled. Thank you.
Anyway, Jefferson Starship is a spin-off band of Jefferson Airplane that began in the mid 70’s, and later in 1984ish after the dissolve of Jefferson Airplane and the ensuing legal battle over the use of the name “Jefferson Airplane/Starship” the band STARSHIP(caps mine) was born. I can’t really point to any of their work that’s notable, aside from this single and two others. This one, written by Albert Hammond (of “it never rains in southern california” fame, and father of Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist of The Strokes) and Diane Warren (the woman who wrote Milli Vanilli’s “Blame It On The Rain”, ironically) for the soundtrack to the film Mannequin starring a young, (post-St. Elmo’s Fire, pre-Weekend At Bernie’s), Andrew McCarthy and a still beautiful Kim Cattrall pre-plastic-surgery, sex in the city. Ms. Cattrall was also, in Porky’s… Yes!
So this film, Mannequin was a favorite of mine growing up. It touched on all of the things I wanted in my life/didn’t have. A jeep (at the beginning it’s established that Andrew’s character drives a jeep as evidences from the opening scene where he drives his Jeep to work and parks it on the streets of Philly and takes his steering wheel off of the car before work as to avoid having the car stolen), a job where you can work all night alone, meeting a woman who’s imaginary and beautiful and only alive to you, who eventually after enough trials and tribulation becomes a real person. It’s the classic male fantasy.
So, Starship preforms a song by Hammond/Warren and it totally fucking rocks and it makes me so fucking happy and it makes me dance and I get a chill at the beginning of the guitar solo EVERY TIME I hear it. The song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” is also SO MUCH better than their previous single “We Built This City”, which is just fucking horrible but also not as good as “Wild Again”—which was featured as the opening track to my favorite film of all-time, 1988’s Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise.
Yeah, that’s what I think about this song.
LIFE UPDATE: I lived in Philly for like 3 months last year and currently own a Jeep. This post is almost 4 years old. I used to be somebody.