The year was 1979. Sex, drugs, and Jewish Summer Camps were about to take the 80’s by storm. Yes, I said Jewish Summer Camps. Just take a look at the opening credit scene of the world renowned and critically acclaimed documentary on the matter, Wet Hot American Summer.
The dissolute debauchery, the profligate passion, the awesome air guitaring. It’s all there, spurred on by the corruptive chords of today’s throwback, Jefferson Starship and their ode to the game playin’ “Jane.”
Of course that’s all bullshit. Wet Hot American Summer is the 2001, fictional cult classic, celebrating all the weird and wonderful, but mostly weird, Jewish Summer Camps had to offer in the 1980s. Directed by David Wain, the underrated film is supported by an A-list cast and soundtrack. Joining the aforementioned Jefferson Starship on that impressive bill are 80’s mainstays like Rick Springfield, Loggins & Messina, and the Jewish-est of rockers KISS.
But let’s get back to Starship and ‘Jane’, the post-psychedelic piece about the cat and mouse frivolity that encapsulates so many male-female pairings. Lead single off of Freedom at Point Zero, the band’s first album under new lead singer Mickey Thomas, the tune would peak at #14 on the charts due in large part to it’s polished rock production and overall, album-oriented sound. Though, it’ll always resonate with me as the iconic open to my all-time favorite movie and now prequel series, both available for your streaming pleasure on Netflix!