Grace Slick Praises Pink’s ‘Straight Attack’ on ‘White Rabbit’ Cover
Grace Slick offered positive feedback on Pink‘s cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” Pink’s version of the 1967 psych-rock classic appears in the Disney film Alice Through the Looking Glass, out now.
“It’s good. Pink has the vocal power, which is all I care about,” Slick told the Wall Street Journal. “Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of versions of the song where singers don’t have the attitude or vocal force you need on it. Pink knows how to sing.”
Slick described Pink’s vocal talents, calling her approach to the cover a “straight attack” of the song. “Pink sings with power, but it’s something more. You sense that if she wanted to, she could open the throttle even more at any time. That coiled energy creates drama and catches the ear.”
“White Rabbit” has been covered by an array of artists in its nearly 50-year history. Everyone from the Damned to Sleater-Kinney to My Morning Jacket and Patti Smith have taken a crack at the hypnotic, surreal interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s novels and their influence on drug use in children.
Slick also revealed that she won’t be seeing the film for some time, though it’s due to a foot condition as opposed to a desire to not see the feature. “[I] can’t go to movies or out for longer than about eight minutes,” she said. “I also don’t have a screening room, a computer or a cellphone. I’m not quite as ‘L.A. rock star’ as you might think.”