Question: What is the last line of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
A. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”
B. “Save Ferris.”
C. “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.”
D. “It’s over. Go home–go.”
Last Question: When it hit #1 with “We Built This City” in 1985, this group was on the third version of its name. What are the three names?
Answer: Jefferson Airplane. Jefferson Starship, and Starship
Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco in 1965. They were pioneers in the psychedelic rock movement of the late ’60s. They performed in all three of the most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s – Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) – as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival. Two of their biggest songs were “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”.
By the early ’70s, the band went through some changes. Members came and left, and in 1974, a new lineup that was formally reborn as “Jefferson Starship”. But, the band still had problems. Grace Slick’s alcoholism increasingly became a problem. It all came to a head in Germany in 1978 with 2 consecutive disastrous nights. On the first night, fans ransacked the stage when Slick and the band failed to appear. On the second night, Slick, in a drunken stupor, shocked the audience by swearing and making sexual references throughout most of her songs. She also reminded the audience that their country had lost World War II, repeatedly asking “Who won the war?”, and implied that all residents of Germany were responsible for the wartime atrocities. So, Slick was forced to resign fromo the band.
In 1979, Jefferson Starship found a new lead singer in Mickey Thomas. They then had a hit single with “Jane”. Grace Slick rejoined the band in 1981. In June 1984, Paul Kantner, the last remaining founding member of Jefferson Airplane, left Jefferson Starship, and then took legal action over the Jefferson Starship name against his former bandmates. The band briefly changed its name to Starship Jefferson while legal proceedings occurred, but ultimately the name was reduced to Starship.
Starship embraced the MTV age. in 1985, they released their Knee Deep in the Hoopla album, and had two #1 hits off of that album – “We Built This City” and “Sara”. In 1987, they had a smash hit with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, which was featured in the movie Mannequin.
Grace Slick left Starship in 1988, going on to join the reformed Jefferson Airplane, for one album in 1989, before announcing that she was retiring from music. In November 2010, Mickey Thomas announced on his website that a new Starship album, Loveless Fascination, would be released in the summer or fall of 2011.