Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane song)
"Somebody to Love" (originally titled "Someone to Love") is a rock song that was written by Darby Slick. It was originally recorded by The Great Society, and later by Jefferson Airplane. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jefferson Airplane's version No. 274 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
|"Somebody to Love"|
|Single by Jefferson Airplane|
|from the album Surrealistic Pillow|
|B-side||"She Has Funny Cars"|
|Released||April 1, 1967|
|Recorded||November 3, 1966|
|Studio||RCA, Hollywood, California|
|Jefferson Airplane singles chronology|
Written by The Great Society guitarist Darby Slick after realizing his girlfriend had left him, and first performed by that band, which included his then-sister-in-law Grace Slick on vocals, the song made little impact outside of the club circuit in the Bay Area. The song was released in 1966 as a single with the B-side another Darby Slick composition titled "Free Advice" on the North Beach subsidiary of Autumn Records, and received minimal circulation outside of San Francisco. San Francisco in the mid-'60s was the center of free love, but Darby Slick saw a downside to this ethos, as it could lead to jealousy and disconnect. This song champions loyalty and monogamy, as the singer implores us to find that one true love that will nurture us and get us through the tough times.
When Grace Slick departed to join Jefferson Airplane, she took this song with her, bringing it to the Surrealistic Pillow sessions, along with her own composition "White Rabbit". Subsequently, the Airplane's more ferocious rock and roll version became the band's first and biggest success, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group's first hit song, "Somebody To Love" was also one of the first big hits to come out of the US West Coast and San Francisco Bay area counterculture scene, to which numerous artists and musicians would be drawn over the following few years.
Slick's original performance of the song with The Great Society is more subdued, with the Jefferson Airplane version sounding far more accusatory and menacing on lines such as "Your mind is so full of red" and "Your friends, baby, they treat you like a guest." The lyrics are in the second person, with each two-line verse setting a scene of alienation and despair, and the chorus repeating the title of the song, with slight variations such as: "... / Don't you need somebody to love? / Wouldn't you love somebody to love? / ..." Like the album on which it appeared, this song was instrumental in publicizing the existence of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture to the rest of the United States.
Boogie Pimps versionEdit
|"Somebody to Love"|
Saltshaker remix cover
|Single by Boogie Pimps|
|Released||January 11, 2004|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Producer(s)||Mark J Klak, Mirko Jacob|
|Boogie Pimps singles chronology|
A cover of "Somebody to Love" was the debut single of German electronic music duo Boogie Pimps. It was released on January 11, 2004 and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the Irish Singles Chart. The song also became a top-twenty hit in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands. In most of these territories, this was their only hit single, as the follow-up single "Sunny" failed to chart.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||24|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||17|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||13|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||11|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||19|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||3|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||70|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||3|
|UK Dance (Official Charts Company)||3|
|Australia Dance (ARIA)||3|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||31|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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