You know, some songs just define a generation.
It's different for everybody, I suppose.
But I hear this, and I'm instantly back in 1967, surrounded by long haired Hippies, bell bottoms, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, and some truly great music (yes, yes, some truly horrific music too - not nearly has horrific as what would come in the '70s though and I'm not just talking about Billy Don't Be a Hero, but Disco is a totally separate post, on another blog, far far away from here).
Originally written by Darby Slick of Great Society, Somebody to Love was performed by the band around the San Fransisco Bay Area throughout 1966. Great Society included Darby's sister in law, Grace Slick who sang vocals and played piano. The song didn't get much notice outside of the hippie club scene and would most likely have faded away in a cloud of pot smoke along with Great Society, except Grace departed the band in 1967 (and departed Darby's brother too) and joined Jefferson Airplane - and she took the song with her, along with her own tune, White Rabbit.
Somebody to love became Jefferson Airplane's first big hit, charting at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Frankly I can't think of a single song from the 70's, 80's, or 90's that transports me back in time the way this tune does. And I'm not sure the new century even has music anymore - I suspect the kids nowadays just pipe psuedo-randomly modulated microwave energy directly into their brainstems from their iPods. Really. I suppose I think of the 70's when I hear anything by the (shudder) Bee Gees - in a Hey! Wasn't I getting a root canal when this song came out sort of way - I can't listen to that falsetto crap, I turn the radio down, not up the way I do with 60s tunes. I hated the 70s, really, especially the music - well that and paisley.
I think that officially makes me old.
But you know what? I officially don't care.
So, what songs define a decade for you?
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