419. Jefferson Starship

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Although Jefferson Airplane is rightfully in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, its offshoot, Jefferson Starship seems quite far away from that accolade. Jefferson Starship actually bore little resemblance to Airplane as they became one of the most successful Arena Rock bands of all time. This change in sound was both good and bad. Good, in that the new version was able to sell more albums and more arena seats than they ever could before. Bad in that Jefferson Starship failed to garner the cultural relevance that they once had. It is the latter point and the fact that Grace Slick and company are already inducted that will likely keep Jefferson Starship from the Hall.




The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (London, England, by way of Ibadan, Nigeria)


Nominated In:



NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

Freedom at Point Zero (1979)


NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Miracles (From Red Octopus, 1975)

Should Jefferson Starship be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 36%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 36%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12%
Last modified on Friday, 10 February 2017 19:36
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0 #3 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Forgot top mention here..... we seperated Jefferson Starship from Starship....not that either incarnation will get in though.
0 #2 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Musicologist999 , I disagree with you only in that I think the rot had set in with these hippies-turned- corporate-profi teers long before we got to the turgid "We Built This City." (I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area when that dross came out, so I had to listen to it and Journey's equally dire "Lights" on a too-regular basis.)

When Jefferson Airplane crashed, the instrumental firepower bailed out but Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, with Marty Balin along sometimes, recruited substitutes including Craig Chaquico, whose lead guitar is all over "Ride the Tiger," an early Jefferson Starship gem although I'll take "Fast Buck Freddie" six days out of seven. Oh, yes, Balin penned their biggest hit, "Miracles," and the early JS was adequate 1970s AOR. Then the rot began to set in . . .
+2 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Jefferson Starship actually made some really great Rock music. Unfortunately, they ROYALLY shot themselves in the foot when they transformed yet again into Starship, and did We Built This City, one of the all-time worst songs in the known Universe. That one lone, horrific song will forever keep out Jefferson Starship from induction, and you can take that to the bank. At least Jefferson Airplane are in.

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