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Jefferson Airplane — Plastic Fantastic Lover (live)
Album: Bless Its Pointed Little Head
Avg rating:
6.8

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1037








Released: 1969
Length: 3:41
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Her neon mouth with the blinkers-off smile
Nothing but an electric sign
You could say she has an individual style
She's part of a colorful time

Secrecy of lady-chrome-covered clothes
You wear cause you have no other
But I suppose no one knows
You're my plastic fantastic lover

Her rattlin' cough never shuts off
Is nothin' but a used machine
Her aluminum finish, slightly diminished
Is the best I ever have seen

Cosmetic baby plugged into me
I'd never ever find another
I realize no one's wise
To my plastic fantastic lover

The electrical dust is starting to rust
Her trapezoid thermometer taste
All the red tape is mechanical rape
Of the TV program waste

Data control and IBM
Science is mankind's brother
But all I see is drainin' me
On my plastic fantastic lover
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From one of the best live rock albums ever.
That bass line though...
Listening in from Trelew, Patagonia, Argentina. Great selection! Cheers!
Great album!  I love Surrearalistic Pillow, too - it's what I lay my head on every night in these times.
Great version, but I'm partial to the one on "Surrealistic Pillow." I still remember the excitement of buying "SP." It was the first LP I ever bought, with allowance money from my mom, from a record store in Sacramento, long gone. I was 8 years old. About six years ago I saw the Jefferson Airplane at the now-defunct Razz Room in San Francisco. Paul Kantor  was in top form, as was David Freiberg. Everyone else was a relative newbie. The band played every song from "Surrealistic Pillow" that night. It was like a dream come true. 
 jonahboo wrote:


holy shit i agree 100%
 
dude, you are spot on!
 fraserji wrote:
Nothing but positive reviews but it only rates 6.7?  What's up with that? 
 
It could be that the dislikers have gotten the message of "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all" - either way I'm a fan of this (live) track and rate it an 8....LLRP!!
Nothing but positive reviews but it only rates 6.7?  What's up with that? 
 ger-man wrote:
auch nach 50 Jahren! richtig cool
 
Da wird es einem doch so richtig nostalgisch warm ums Herz..  
Literally Electric Light Fantastic
auch nach 50 Jahren! richtig cool
 garyalex wrote:
Jack Casady.  Damn.
 After seeing them live I always called Jack "eyebrow man". His eyebrows never stopped moving while he was playing.

 jonahboo wrote:
all hail television!

fuck!  love this one!

waaaay better than studio!!!!


 

holy shit i agree 100%
TURN IT UP 
 Lyndont wrote:
This could be the best live album ever!! Saw them with the Doors in ’68. wish I could relive some of those concerts now!
 
Show off!  ;-) Damn if I would have loved to been around then, although I've said it before, don't know if I'd be here now if I was....so there's that....
Long Live RP!!
Jack Casady.  Damn.
 drictor wrote:
9 ==> 10.  Perfect tune for the mood I'm in!

 
And I feel the same way today.  Wrapped up the week and getting ready for some family/holiday time!
Not the best cut from Bless Its Pointed Little Head. Check out "The Other Side of This Life". It's an amazing display of the Airplane at its best. RIP, Marty and Paul.
Yeah Rock On!
  Ugh! Ugh! Sing it!!! 
all hail television!

fuck!  love this one!

waaaay better than studio!!!!


 Lyndont wrote:
This could be the best live album ever!! Saw them with the Doors in ’68. wish I could relive some of those concerts now!

 

The price of the seats was$3.50.
Jack Casady - wow.
"Science is mankind's brother
But all I see is drainin' me......."
Indeed!
This could be the best live album ever!! Saw them with the Doors in ’68. wish I could relive some of those concerts now!
 fraserji wrote:
Oh yes! So wish I'd seen them live. What a psyche-out band. 

 
I saw them several times between '68 and '71, awesome live band. Grace was sexy as hell on stage!
Gotta admit that was a good groove. Yeah man. And Marty rappin' it out. Whew!
Oh yes! So wish I'd seen them live. What a psyche-out band. 
Gotta love that churning bass!
 jhorton wrote:
Makes me want to drop acid.

Do they even sell acid anymore? 

 
perscription only now with ObamaCare, just tell your doctor you have an Airplane rash
Makes me want to drop acid.

Do they even sell acid anymore? 
Jorma and Jack can do no wrong. Turn down the lights or we'll send Owsley to get ya.
 hayduke2 wrote:
animated psychedelic grinning skull

I think I am going to have an epileptic episode from this crazy artwork.

 


One the great ones of the era!!
wooooo-hooooo man I wanna be shaking my ass off with Charlize Theron Furiosa and this blasting us off to Heaven!!!
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Great band, but Marty Balin ... {#Frustrated}
 
I gotta disagree,  the more control Balin lost the worse JA got
 hayduke2 wrote:
animated psychedelic grinning skull

 

Yeah, that's how I remember it, too.


This is a great album, when they were tight they were the best
Didn't know this one.

Makes my day!

{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2} 
Authentic vibe of it's time then, a bit like time-tripping now… not a bad thing. 
Hell yes!
I guess you had to be there.
animated psychedelic grinning skull
Great band, but Marty Balin ... {#Frustrated}
of historic interest only
Oh Nice !   Alright now
Is hate too strong of a word.....?
10+ 
9 ==> 10.  Perfect tune for the mood I'm in!
thats it i had to log in.
first dylan and now this low rating.
guess justin beiber wasnt on rp today! 
Thank you for playing this olde from the golde years of rock.

Great stuff !


Great energy....sounds so good! I'm an artist (painter)...and this song makes things happen...great!!
 coloradojohn wrote:
There was at least one other version I had of this one — LOVE this freaky ode to inflatable company and wish it'd been used as soundtrack for the weird "party" scene where Steve Martin and Charles Grodin share a kinky secret in The Lonely Guy — where the vocals were sharper and better, but whoah the bass and everything else rocks pretty solid in a live-jam way on this one...too bad we can't cut and paste with tune-tracks here!  But hey, thanks for playing this most excellent stretch of music that has kept me pinned down here for the longest time in recent memory!

 

I always thought this one was about a TV, although your inflatable company comment gave me a chuckle.

Damn hippies.


{#Lol}
Man, so heavy...
There was at least one other version I had of this one — LOVE this freaky ode to inflatable company and wish it'd been used as soundtrack for the weird "party" scene where Steve Martin and Charles Grodin share a kinky secret in The Lonely Guy — where the vocals were sharper and better, but whoah the bass and everything else rocks pretty solid in a live-jam way on this one...too bad we can't cut and paste with tune-tracks here!  But hey, thanks for playing this most excellent stretch of music that has kept me pinned down here for the longest time in recent memory!

 drews wrote:
These drugged up and luvved up hippies certainly knew how to rock out when they felt like it
I like this comment. True, dat. 


IMO, this is one off the Airplane's best tracks on the album and, in general, one of their best live tracks.  Very tight.  As for Balin's vocals, well...
Nice groove......love it!
i bet Air is coming up....
GREAT BAND and the only West-Coast Band
we could do something with, in Europe (I think).

Then came Jefferson Starship....
Jorma Kaukonen!
 kurtster wrote:
Nice segue !

{#High-five}

Wore out several copies of this album.

That and surrealistic pillow .   Same energy that cream had.

  Damn -  that is good stuff.

Wow, only a six... guess you had to be there. 
Of course, following Donovan's "Fly Jefferson Airplane, gets you there on time"
Nice segue !

{#High-five}

Wore out several copies of this album.

I prefer their studio version.  And, I still think their best album was Surrealistic Pillow.  Takes Off was good too.  It had their original lead female singer, Signe Toly Anderson.  She left after giving birth.

As for their name, I found this at Wiki:

The origin of the group's name is often disputed. "Jefferson airplane" is slang for a used paper match split to hold a marijuana joint that has been smoked too short to hold without burning the fingers - an improvised roach clip.<7> An urban legend claims this was the origin of the band's name, but according to band member Jorma Kaukonen, the name was invented by his friend Steve Talbot as a parody of blues names such as Blind Lemon Jefferson.<8> A 2007 press release quoted Kaukonen as saying:

I had this friend in Berkeley who came up with funny names for people," explains Kaukonen. "His name for me was Blind Thomas Jefferson Airplane (for blues pioneer Blind Lemon Jefferson). When the guys were looking for band names and nobody could come up with something, I remember saying, 'You want a silly band name? I got a silly band name for you!'



These drugged up and luvved up hippies certainly knew how to rock out when they felt like it
 ThePoose wrote:


Cool. We reserve the 0s for you. Bless your blunted little head.
 

Beautiful! You have a way with words - funny AND succinct. Thank you for that. I get tired of people who feel the need to bash. There are plenty of things I don't like, either, but that doesn't mean that the artists responsible intrinsically suck. And the Airplane could crank as this song shows well. For me this is a '10' as is much of this album.
This hasn't been played here since 2006..!?
Love it! {#Music}
 Enrique wrote:
Ha! ROTFLMAO. The fact that Grace Slick isn't singing is this song's redeeming feature :)
 
Grace could've sung the phone book and it would have been good.

 KevinM wrote:
I'd give it a 1 but I reserve the 1's for Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan, so this one gets a 2
 

Cool. We reserve the 0s for you. Bless your blunted little head.
lily33 wrote:
what exactly IS a plastic fantastic lover? :eek: :D
Bill Burroughs called it a "steely dan". I don't believe they were made of plastic then...
This is cool...and the ratings distribution is interesting to look at as well. Clearly a polarizing song.
Enrique wrote:
Ha! ROTFLMAO. The fact that Grace Slick isn't singing is this song's redeeming feature :)
Oh, and Marty Balin is an improvement? Feh! Still a great song. Inflatable to say the least...
how come this is played so sparingly?
Nothing like a good psychedelic Casady bass line.
Originally Posted by Enrique: Ha! ROTFLMAO. The fact that Grace Slick isn't singing is this song's redeeming feature :)
OMG! An almost positive comment by Enrique. Mark your calendars everyone. :rolleyes:
Originally Posted by LAfadeaway: Had to give it a "10" just to bring the rating up.
Had to give it a 1 to counter your 10.
ah yes, good stuff. I was actually listening to this today.
Originally Posted by rmurray248: "Hey, man (exhaling bong hit), 'plastic' rhymes with 'fantastic!' Quick, grab the instruments; let's get this down on vinyl before I forget. What's that, Grace isn't around? That's alright, inspiration like this can't wait!"
Ha! ROTFLMAO. The fact that Grace Slick isn't singing is this song's redeeming feature :)
Some of JA\'s catalog is dated, but I\'ll take Jack Casady over your Wootens or Claypools anyday.
\"Hey, man (exhaling bong hit), \'plastic\' rhymes with \'fantastic!\' Quick, grab the instruments; let\'s get this down on vinyl before I forget. What\'s that, Grace isn\'t around? That\'s alright, inspiration like this can\'t wait!\"
I like JA, but this song hasn\'t aged as well as a lot of their other stuff, IMO. :roll:
agree with LAfadeaway.
what exactly IS a plastic fantastic lover? :eek: :D
I\'d give it a 1 but I reserve the 1\'s for Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan, so this one gets a 2
One of my favorite Airplane tunes. I am shocked at the low rating. Had to give it a \"10\" just to bring the rating up. I wonder if \"Lather\" is in the musicbank? Always loved that tune as well.
fantastic! ;)