Listen to Patti Smith’s cover of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’
Patti Smith is one of the best artists to cover your song. Her ability to jump on a classic song and make it her own while still paying homage to the original means she’s one of the best in the business at doing a cover the right way.
We listen below to er cover of Jefferson Airplane’s counterculture classic, ‘White Rabbit’. The song’s trippy nature is perfectly gobbled up by Smith’s subversive style of performance as she does her best to match up Grace Slick’s incredible style.
As part of Patti Smith’s 2007 covers album Twelve, Smith jumped on board to cover some iconic songs. As well as Jefferson Airplane’s iconic ‘White Rabbit’, Smith also covered, Neil Young’s ‘Helpless’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’, and of course Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ all with the virtuoso artistry that made her the godmother of punk.
While many have pointed out the 2007 LP as a mark of Smith pandering to her recent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we believe it actually marks her finding her feet in her new role of elder statesmen. Smith was always an agitator, a serial provocateur, so when she began finding herself in the ‘legends’ slots at festivals it must’ve been a big moment of realisation.
She chose to expel these demons the only way she knew how. She jumped on a bunch of classic tracks and did her best work, choosing some iconic moments to make her own. 2007 critics may have seen this as a deliberate ploy to cash in, but we see it as a deliberate ploy to grab her crown and sit at the high table of rock and roll royalty.
Listen below as Patti Smith covers Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’.