January 29th, 2015

Red Octopus

There are a number of questions that tend to occur to me whilst driving but I never remember when I am near something I can search on. One of those questions, which I eventually remembered, was 'what was Jefferson Starship's hit?'. As opposed, obviously, to Jefferson Airplane's or Starship's.
There is some rather tortuous bit of chart trivia involving Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship but I can't find out what it is - something on the lines of 'longest time between hits defined in some bizarre fashion'.
Anyway, the answer to the question is that Red Octopus got to number 3 in the U.S. album chart. I had / have a cassette of it somewhere.
The tracks I remember are Miracles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKBttQmhDBw and Fast Buck Freddie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chOT-4r-twg
'Jane' was apparently a single hit, from an album I don't have, in fact I don't remember hearing the track before.

Of course, 'Blows against the empire', which I have on CD somewhere was nominated for a Hugo award

"Hydroponic gardens and forests
Glistening with lakes in the Jupiter starlite
Room for babies and byzantine dancing astronauts of renown
The magician and the pantechnicon
Take along the farmer and the physician"