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Plastic Fantastic Lover by Jefferson Airplane

Album: Surrealistic PillowReleased: 1967
  • This song isn't about what you think it is (OK, we'll say it - a sex toy). It was written by Marty Balin as an ode to his new stereo system, which was a novelty item at the time.
  • This was released as the B-side of "Somebody To Love," which was a US Top 5 single.
  • An early song by The Police, "Be My Girl - Sally," makes reference to, shall we say, a more literal variety of "plastic fantastic lover." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Joshua - La Crosse, WI, for all above
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Comments: 9

Dragster slang "plastic fantastic" refers to a funny car. could they have been just singing about someone who loves funny cars?George - Vancouver, Canada
This song is about a dildo. yes it is. yes.Josh - Westborough, Ma
The live version... listen to Kaukonen and Cassady. One of the greatest lead and bass guitar jams in rock music. And Balin's vocals are at their best. He could belt it when he wanted to.Larry - Medina, Oh
Jefferson Airtplane was one of a kind - they only /devolved/ going to Jefferson Starship then "The Starship"Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
Norm: Well, the liner notes from Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship Greatest Hits (a 2-CD compilation from 2002) said the song was about a stereo system. Evidently one of these two albums has it wrong.Joshua - La Crosse, Wi
To set the FACTS straight, Plastic Fantastic Lover is about a television set. Check out Marty Balin's quote stating so in the liner notes of 2400 Fulton Street, the 1987 compilation. Now that I think of it, I have Marty Balin's autograph on the liner notes of that CD!Norm - Orlando, Fl
The live versions definitely rock harder, but I love the groove they get going on the album version. Plus, closing the album with it works to great effect given the way that "Embryonic Journey" flows into "White Rabbit", which climaxes and settles into this. Gotta love early Airplane.Mark B. Stoned - Desperate Hot Springs, Ca
The live versions were a lot better, I think.Meredith - Chesapeake, Va
Excellent song to end a classic album.Mark B. Stoned - Desperate Hot Springs, Ca
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