Let's review the three variations of this band:Jefferson Airplane
: Highly influential San Francisco group who were hallmarks of the hippie movement. They had just two US Top 40 hits ("White Rabbit
" and "Somebody To Love
"), but were one of the most famous bands of the '60s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.Jefferson Starship
: A much more polished version of the Airplane, Grace Slick summed it up in a 1981 interview with Creem
, when she said, "When I think about the Starship of the late '70s, I just remember what a mess it was. We had four platinum albums in a row, but there's nothing fulfilling about selling records that bore you to play. Music is very emotional, so how you feel really affects how you perform. If an accountant has problems, he can still come into work, add two and two, and it still comes out four. Musicians can't do that. Confusion, feeling down... it'll come out in the music." Starship
: With everyone from Aretha Franklin to ZZ Top tweaking their sound to cash in on '80s success, Starship (they're forced to drop the "Jefferson" when Paul Kantner leaves), scores three #1 hits with a radio-friendly sound that some Airplane fans find quite disturbing.