Okay, so it was originally Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship and finally, Starship. But in my collection it is listed as Jefferson Airplane Starship or as my late wife called it, “The Identity Crisis Band”. No need to get technical, I know the history, but I prefer to listen to the music from the original Jefferson Airplane through Jefferson Starship followed by music from Starship. So in that sense, to me they’re all the same…but I digress…that’s not what this blog entry is about. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned groups as well as a fan of Def Leppard you might find this interesting.
As a former DJ I thought I knew most of the music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s pretty well. However one day in 2002 I was listening to the radio and this song comes on that I hadn’t heard before. The song was from 1989 and since the 80s was my generation I was surprised I didn’t know it. What’s worse, I didn’t know who it was. At first is started to sound like a Bryan Adams song. But then shortly after that I was sure it was Def Leppard.
When I got home I looked it up on Google and was surprised to find out that it was from the group, “Starship”, who did such songs as, “We Built This City”, “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. But this didn’t sound anything like them so I did some more searching online and found an article from a DJ who stated that Starship had intentionally recorded this song to sound like Def Leppard through the use of special recording and filtering techniques. I can’t find the article these days so I can’t confirm that information to be true, however when this song comes on I am right back to being reminded of Def Leppard and since this song comes toward the end of my Starship playlist I find myself jumping to Def Leppard next.
Anyway, it’s a great song and a clever way to emulate another band in my opinion.