Jun 082012

In our continuing quest to identify rock’s most cliched moments I present to you the following performance, which may take the cake. You couldn’t commission a panel of hacks to write and perform a more cliched song than this one…could you? The person who posted this video does not allow embedding, so you have to click here to watch it. Enjoy.


  12 Responses to “Once and for All: Marty Balin Boils Rock ‘n Roll Down to its Cliched Essence”

  1. bostonhistorian

    That might be one of the worst things ever. What sets it apart is that he actually believes it has an important message…

  2. misterioso

    I was too embarrassed to watch past 1:10. Brutal. It’s like a theme from a really bad tv movie about “those fabulous 60s.”

  3. bostonhistorian

    At some point, I think we need a discussion of the best and worst songs with historical themes. This might be the worst I’ve ever heard, even worse than that Billy Joel nonsense I can’t remember the title of.

  4. HISTORIAN, please feel free to set up and lead this discussion. Do you have Back Office privileges? You should!

  5. misterioso

    …JFK blown away what else do I have to say we didn’t start the fire….

  6. This is barely rock ‘n’ roll. Hell, it’s barely music.

  7. bostonhistorian

    I’ll look into this Mr. Moderator.

  8. Yes, I just checked and you do! Thanks.

  9. Yikes! That was dreadful.
    And the ironic thing is that the Jefferson Airplane/Starship’s career is a perfect metaphor for the generation that he is earnestly, yet cluelessly singing about. Has any other generation had a bigger gap between the promise of its youth and the betrayal of its ideals than the Boomers?

  10. Holy Hell, and I always thought Kantner was the most clueless d-bag in that band.


  11. ladymisskirroyale

    Damn, now that’s going to be stuck in my head.

  12. cliff sovinsanity

    Where’s the marauding gang of Hell’s Angels with pool cues when you REALLY need them?

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