Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Somebody to Love

The title song from Chapter 2: When it plays in the summer of 1975, Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love" was already dated. In fact, the band itself had evolved into Jefferson Starship and had a current hit with "Miracles." Still, "Somebody to Love" is always powerful and its message resonant. "Wouldn't you love somebody to love?" Well, yes, the characters in Cusp would - as would everyone else on the planet.

We hear "Somebody to Love" at a  party where we first encounter Mark, the host. He'd seen the 1967 movie Riot on Sunset Strip and wanted to re-create the era with a 1967 theme party. All the music played at the party, which gets a little out of hand, comes from that year.

The song, from Surrealistic Pillow, features Grace Slick on vocals and was written by her one-time brother-in-law, Darby Slick. It reached number 5 on the Billboard pop chart.

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