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Emiliana Torrini — White Rabbit
Album: Sucker Punch Movie Soundtrack
Avg rating:
6.5

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Total ratings: 1556









Released: 2011
Length: 5:04
Plays (last 30 days): 3
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all

Go ask Alice when she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell him a hookah-smokin' caterpillar
Has given you the call

And call Alice when she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you have just have some kind of mushroom
And your mind is movin' low

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen's off with her head

Remember
What the dormouse said
Feed your head
Feed your head
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 sajitjacob wrote:

Fun fact; Rabbits are an invention of the Illuminati, designed to spread fear and loathing of meat, so you turn to Genetically Modified vegetables that contain sedatives and trackers.
Feed you head! wake up sheeple.
;-)




How do rabbits spread fear and loathing of meat?
Kinda melodramatic, like some action movie soundtrack. Oh! Look at that! It is! Well, nice variety anyway. 
FAIL
 pixel-pusher wrote:

I agree in principle, but geez, Louise, do something new with it. 


It's twice as long. Lots of new stuff going on in those extra minutes.
D'ye know I thought a little hint of a Bjork like voice which I really like and I loved this song anyway ...
Never heard of the film, but I like the White Rabbit version. 

Just bought the dvd on ebay.  At £1.50, got to be worth a punt.

"You might enjoy it... or you might not."

Bill summarizing, what RADIO PARADISE is about and why I love it.
Many songs here make me happy right away, very few make me use the psd button... and some grew on me and made me realize that there is so much more to discover!
Love It - but Bill could sing this song and I would like it.  A Great Song.
Righteous cover,, and I'm a Jefferson Airhead,,,
 LYS wrote:

I love this - exactly what a cover should do: pay homage, bring something new (energy, weirdness, magnificent musicianship), and do no harm.  Check, check, check.  As always, thx Bill



I've nowt against covers, and this isn't bad, but it doesn't give me shivers as Grace Slick does. It's also out of time as kids don't do trippy drugs these day. Ok but not memorable. Maybe it works fine in the context of the film.
I think I speak for Romeo Tuna/Lazarus in saying, "this song is so good for the ears!"
 pixel-pusher wrote:

I agree in principle, but geez, Louise, do something new with it. Joe Cocker was a master at reinterpreting Beatles classics into new classics, but just re-singing a classic note-for-note only invites a failing comparison to the original. I'm also thinking about recent covers of Because the Night and Turn the Page which really did not need to be recorded because they were only weak retreads of the classic originals.

Dolly Parton's cover of Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down and Johnny Cash's Hurt are two other good examples of a complete retake, making each song very much their own.

This one? Meh. Not impressed.


I'd go along with that. Cocker's renditions often took the song in a different direction; sometimes even better. It may be in the modern idiom as some have commented, but for me it lacks that something that Grace + Airplane offered. Oh,  and it has  too much percussion drowning out other instruments.
 slaskey wrote:

I - really detested the original - just always grated on my nerves -  I heard this on RP today for the first time - and really like this   This woman sounds amazing and fits the song just right   thank you for providing a way for me to enjoy a clssic


I've always loved the original, especially it's role in the film "Fear and Loathing..."

This one is freaking awesome!! +2 to 9 for amazing production and the outro rocks extra good shit right into some Somebody to Love!!

LLRP
I - really detested the original - just always grated on my nerves -  I heard this on RP today for the first time - and really like this   This woman sounds amazing and fits the song just right   thank you for providing a way for me to enjoy a clssic
Fun fact; Rabbits are an invention of the Illuminati, designed to spread fear and loathing of meat, so you turn to Genetically Modified vegetables that contain sedatives and trackers.
Feed you head! wake up sheeple.
;-)
 jcbenten994 wrote:
A live, original version by The Great Society has long guitar-based intro which stretches the song is floating around.  My favorite version.

This version is nice but hard to replicate the power of Grace's voice.
 
I have that album.  It was one of the first two albums I ever bought and it was for the long versions of WR and STL.  The other album I bought with that was Iron Butterfly ~ Heavy.  Still have both.

I don't mind this version, gave it a 7.
 bam23 wrote:
I like it, in part because, despite its historic significance in popular culture, the original is not something I enjoy hearing anymore. One of the drawbacks of modern civilization is the astonishingly easy access to almost everything that has ever been written, performed, drawn, etc. On the one hand, this gives easy access to the types of things that once were reserved for elites. On the other hand, there is a numbing effect that comes from gross over-exposure. This plays out in the comments sections here, when listeners complain that RP is playing something that is overplayed on commercial radio. The irony is that much of this music was seen as breakthrough material when it was new. The easy retort is: stop listening to those other stations. But, who can stop the endless barrage of piped in, or otherwise narrow casts, of music from the past 50 years. And my point is? The Grace Slick performance is fine, but after a half century or so, maybe another take on the song is not unwelcome.
 
I agree in principle, but geez, Louise, do something new with it. Joe Cocker was a master at reinterpreting Beatles classics into new classics, but just re-singing a classic note-for-note only invites a failing comparison to the original. I'm also thinking about recent covers of Because the Night and Turn the Page which really did not need to be recorded because they were only weak retreads of the classic originals.

Dolly Parton's cover of Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down and Johnny Cash's Hurt are two other good examples of a complete retake, making each song very much their own.

This one? Meh. Not impressed.
 Relayer wrote:
I am really surprised that someone could cover this song, and not completely fail. I dig this, and I RARELY ever like covers.  

I think that the original is so short, that covering this song and letting the song "stretch its legs" is a good thing.  The music of the original is great, but it never gets much time to shine due to the lyrics and short length.  
 
A live, original version by The Great Society has long guitar-based intro which stretches the song is floating around.  My favorite version.

This version is nice but hard to replicate the power of Grace's voice.
I am really surprised that someone could cover this song, and not completely fail. I dig this, and I RARELY ever like covers.  

I think that the original is so short, that covering this song and letting the song "stretch its legs" is a good thing.  The music of the original is great, but it never gets much time to shine due to the lyrics and short length.  
 bam23 wrote:
I like it, in part because, despite its historic significance in popular culture, the original is not something I enjoy hearing anymore. One of the drawbacks of modern civilization is the astonishingly easy access to almost everything that has ever been written, performed, drawn, etc. On the one hand, this gives easy access to the types of things that once were reserved for elites. On the other hand, there is a numbing effect that comes from gross over-exposure. This plays out in the comments sections here, when listeners complain that RP is playing something that is overplayed on commercial radio. The irony is that much of this music was seen as breakthrough material when it was new. The easy retort is: stop listening to those other stations. But, who can stop the endless barrage of piped in, or otherwise narrow casts, of music from the past 50 years. And my point is? The Grace Slick performance is fine, but after a half century or so, maybe another take on the song is not unwelcome.
 
I agree with your point, but I would like to add to it. I loved the Beatles growing up, but after several decades of heavy rotations of Beatles music everywhere I turned, I had to block them out for awhile. I turned the station every time a Beatles song came on. I went on like this for a decade or so, and then I started listening to them again (in measured doses) and realized that I could appreciate them again. Actually, with the passage of time, I was coming to their music with a different life perspective and it allowed me to hear things in their music that I never heard before. 
 ppeters914 wrote:
Okay, but, seriously? One doesn't mess with a classic. Just sayin'....
 
Classics beg on their knees to be messed with. But not just anybody can (or even should), and this version is a perfect example for what I mean.
This song directed by Michael Bay
 jmsmy wrote:
Drug Songs Are The Best
 

Only if love is a drug. 
 unclehud wrote:

You are so very wrong.  I like it.  A unique original, updated into the 21st Century.

BTW, the movie (Sucker Punch) is an exercise in imagination that is well worth the time.  Just be sure to buckle your mental seatbelt!
 

I highly encourage RP listeners to watch this movie. I believe most RP listeners have the imagination necessary to truly understand and enjoy this movie. This is a unique movie, and the take on this song is also unique.
Not a bad cover, but a bit Graceless in my opinion.  
Ah, the futility of trying to cover Grace Slick.
Vapid mimicry
The synths get on my nerves in this cover. 
I like this version featuring lead banjo.
This original tun modulates at every turn like the theme from The Jetsons. It's no wonder the original is so short. It would be ultrasonic in three minutes. I like this take in that it starts over rather than just ends.
I hate covers.
Need to rewatch this masterpiece!
Very well done. Refreshing.

I like it simply because I've not heard anything other than the original of this song - I've never once heard it covered. 
 bam23 wrote:
I like it, in part because, despite its historic significance in popular culture, the original is not something I enjoy hearing anymore. One of the drawbacks of modern civilization is the astonishingly easy access to almost everything that has ever been written, performed, drawn, etc. On the one hand, this gives easy access to the types of things that once were reserved for elites. On the other hand, there is a numbing effect that comes from gross over-exposure. This plays out in the comments sections here, when listeners complain that RP is playing something that is overplayed on commercial radio. The irony is that much of this music was seen as breakthrough material when it was new. The easy retort is: stop listening to those other stations. But, who can stop the endless barrage of piped in, or otherwise narrow casts, of music from the past 50 years. And my point is? The Grace Slick performance is fine, but after a half century or so, maybe another take on the song is not unwelcome.
 

Well-spoken!
Black Bear!
Like many others have chimed in, this is a very nice cover of the original. Unfortunately, the original is beyond compare.
GREAT cover
Okay, but, seriously? One doesn't mess with a classic. Just sayin'....
Love Emilíana Torrini - worth checking out her album Love in the Time of Science
 chinaski wrote:
Do Jorma, Jack and Grace know this is out there?!? I guess so.
 
Grace must - she's receiving royalty checks for it.
Almost as enjoyable as the Blue Man Group version..

OK, joking. I'm good with this.

Saw Jefferson Airplane play this live a few years back... they did a perfunctory version of it. I think it's okay for others to take a swing at it.
Drug Songs Are The Best
 Enness wrote:
Decent enough cover, but I don't see the point. It doesn't change it enough to be really interesting and therefore falls short of the original. 
 
Took the words right out of my keyboard. If you're going to take the time to do a cover, make it different enough to justify its existence.
I love this - exactly what a cover should do: pay homage, bring something new (energy, weirdness, magnificent musicianship), and do no harm.  Check, check, check.  As always, thx Bill
Decent enough cover, but I don't see the point. It doesn't change it enough to be really interesting and therefore falls short of the original. And then when another of JA's best songs comes on right after ("Somebody to Love"), that just underlines the comparison.
 neptunejeff wrote:
Pretty good remake, never heard it before.
 
The Cranberries could have done a good version of this, bless her.
Man I'm trying to like this, I really am but...but...hey, maybe if Steven Wilson gave it a go I'd like that version. Or maybe Neko Case. Err, no, just the Airplane version please.
Pretty good remake, never heard it before.
 memoryboxer wrote:

I quite enjoy this remake (the film was *meh*). But yeah, as far as the original being a "magnitude higher"... seek out the version that is Grace Slick's vocal track alone; no other instrumentation. When you hear her in her sonic glory it's easy to understand that no one is ever going to do a cover that surpasses, or even equals, the original. But I'm all for folk giving it a try.
 
That was... stunning.  I agree with the poster who wrote: 

This is why the ancients warned about Sirens.....



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyMtIwobqbI


 memoryboxer wrote:

I quite enjoy this remake (the film was *meh*). But yeah, as far as the original being a "magnitude higher"... seek out the version that is Grace Slick's vocal track alone; no other instrumentation. When you hear her in her sonic glory it's easy to understand that no one is ever going to do a cover that surpasses, or even equals, the original. But I'm all for folk giving it a try.
 
Wow... a quick google and I found the pure vocal. Thanks for the idea!
Nice! ...But, the original is MUCH BETTER!...you can't do as good as Grace Slick!
Why the hell did I give this a "1" rating??  I'm playing it super loud right now and I'm loving it!
 cely wrote:
Amazing how much better the original is wihtout all the special effects and ordinary pop singer.  The original is an order of magnitude higher, but nothing wrong with loving and remaking the song.
 
I quite enjoy this remake (the film was *meh*). But yeah, as far as the original being a "magnitude higher"... seek out the version that is Grace Slick's vocal track alone; no other instrumentation. When you hear her in her sonic glory it's easy to understand that no one is ever going to do a cover that surpasses, or even equals, the original. But I'm all for folk giving it a try.
Decent cover.
Good in the movie context. It fulfills the goal of making people listen to the original version
No power, no emotion, no soul, just a (attempted)dramatic bubblegum cover of a great song.
I like it.  Grace Slick is one tough act to follow.
Nope.

This doesn't bring a new interpretation of the song or add anything apart from a lot of cheesy orchestration.
cool version. glad it exists!
A good effort from the Icelandic Shield Maiden.
Good example here of taking an already good thing and making it worse.
 Punkysoup wrote:
This is a song that doesn't need to exist. 
 
You are so very wrong.  I like it.  A unique original, updated into the 21st Century.

BTW, the movie (Sucker Punch) is an exercise in imagination that is well worth the time.  Just be sure to buckle your mental seatbelt!
I'd like to hear Bjork do this.
Wiseman:
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.
Sounds like the Mickey Mouse Club discovered LSD.
This is a song that doesn't need to exist. 
Prefer the original. 
Since we're all talking about the original... IMO Grace's vocal performance on the original is among the best ever recorded.  What a powerful voice.
This version - sure, why not!  7 or 8... mostly on the merit of the song itself.
Do Jorma, Jack and Grace know this is out there?!? I guess so.
Rock-solid 7. Grace loses her mind on the original and this doesn't get there at all, but I kind of like the additional 2 minutes of credits-rolling-music on this one.
omg what a shit cover of a great tune
please stop covering this song. you ruin it.
 great memories 
 lizardking wrote:
I wanted to like this more than I did.  Going with a 5 rating although if my wife likes it maybe I'll go to a 6 or 7....thanks for playing it, BillG...and Long Live RP!!
 
I'm going 5 to 7 today, I like how trippy the song sounds, her voice is perfect for the ethereal feeling, so yeah....7 it is (and still waiting to see if my wife likes it!) Long Live RP!!
Interesting take, can understand its soundtrack appeal.
Not bad, workwomanlike, but a bit flat compared to Grace Slick who always gives me goosebumps and is in my funeral list. It probably works in the film but as a standalone it doesn't linger long in the mind. It doesn't help that it overstays its welcome.
No. This is lacking the emotion it ought to have.
I was out running (plodding) yesterday and this came on my playlist. Excelent cover that rolls along nicely when jogging!
OK, I'm kinda digging the instrumentation, but the vocal delivery needs much more power towards the end.

I suppose most vocalists pale when compared to Grace Slick when it comes to power (except maybe Freddy Mercury).
Amazing how much better the original is wihtout all the special effects and ordinary pop singer.  The original is an order of magnitude higher, but nothing wrong with loving and remaking the song.
oh wow, there is a song worse than Patti Smith's When Doves Cry.
No bad, per se, but this is a really hard song to remake. Particularly with a female lyricist that’s sticking so close to the original. I urge everyone to listen to Grace’s original. It’s just on a different level.

I guess I’m also not a big fan of the way that they’ve suppressed the Bolero-esqe snare. It provides a sense of tension and urgency that’s just not present in the remake, which seems to focus mostly on the bass line.
That was a pretty darn good cover of White Rabbit. Didn't really add much but it didn't detract either. The best part was Bill/Rebecca following it with Somebody to Love... the real version. 
Enjoying this cover; had seen the film but had forgotten this. I like the musical update quite a bit - "different" is good; there is no "better or worse" when trying to cover a classic like this. And while she doesn't have the pipes to match Slick's strident banshee howl, she still does a fine job. And as I tap this Grace is now giving it on Somebody to Love - Bill, you're a master!
I like it.  I like her music in general and I think she does a pretty good job covering this classic.
I like it, in part because, despite its historic significance in popular culture, the original is not something I enjoy hearing anymore. One of the drawbacks of modern civilization is the astonishingly easy access to almost everything that has ever been written, performed, drawn, etc. On the one hand, this gives easy access to the types of things that once were reserved for elites. On the other hand, there is a numbing effect that comes from gross over-exposure. This plays out in the comments sections here, when listeners complain that RP is playing something that is overplayed on commercial radio. The irony is that much of this music was seen as breakthrough material when it was new. The easy retort is: stop listening to those other stations. But, who can stop the endless barrage of piped in, or otherwise narrow casts, of music from the past 50 years. And my point is? The Grace Slick performance is fine, but after a half century or so, maybe another take on the song is not unwelcome.
Hear this for the very first time - great version!

(But of course the original one's still better.)
Well, I give her credit for trying, and it's a tall order to take on, but in the end it just makes me realize how incredible the original is
 lshinkawa wrote:

I don't think she's dead, is she?
 
 

No, she's painting portraits somewhere  in Northern California.
 S-curvy wrote:
I really like this cover, thanks Bill. It fulfills a key cover requirement: It takes the OEM somewhere new, and this cover basically does that that by pressing the psychedelic sound of this psychedelic song further, without trying to better Grace’s stratospheric vocals. It’s bigger, not "badder,” and that’s fun. Relax, enjoy, peace out.
 
I like it too!
I like this cover even if it is not 'better' than the original.

Would hope/guess that JA would be flattered.  
this is a weak pop cover. if you'd like to hear an interesting one check out Gillian Welch doing this. Typically reserved for her encores and it is outstanding
Man, I love Emiliana Torrini so very much, but this cover never should have happened.
I really like this cover, thanks Bill. It fulfills a key cover requirement: It takes the OEM somewhere new, and this cover basically does that that by pressing the psychedelic sound of this psychedelic song further, without trying to better Grace’s stratospheric vocals. It’s bigger, not "badder,” and that’s fun. Relax, enjoy, peace out.
This cover has sucked all the mystery out of the original and discarded it somewhere :(
Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should. 
Rubbish.  Please play the original, it beats this in every single respect.  
This is from a movie soundtrack! I know a lotta older listeners don't like this cover, and the comments show!

I loved this movie, and I like this version because of that context.

Also, this cover isn't all that bad on it's own merit, but the original is so great any cover will pale.
 suesblues wrote:
how is this an improvement/ new light on the original?...and if it is not better or a new interpretation, then why bother?  Why not just give the royalties to the original people who made this song so fantastic
 
It is undeniably a "new light" and a "new interpretation" on/of the song.  Whether or not it is an "improvement" or "better" is a matter of opinion.  I prefer the original but if she felt like doing a cover who's to tell her she can't?  Grace Slick surely received royalties for it.
 Proclivities wrote:


The original gets plenty of airplay - here and everywhere else.  It's nice to hear another take on this tune.
 
I agree with him!
 allabout wrote:
Totally agree, no need for this in our shell likes.................. 

 
Well, *my* shell like has plenty of room.
I wanted to like this more than I did.  Going with a 5 rating although if my wife likes it maybe I'll go to a 6 or 7....thanks for playing it, BillG...and Long Live RP!!
 lshinkawa wrote:

I don't think she's dead, is she?
 
 

Shhh, they're keeping it from her.
Wonderful song, not sure about this cover tho. I heard White Rabbit playing in my daughter's room recently and went in to discover that it was a cover by Grace Potter. Not bad!
Edit: Interesting... Wiki lists 42 different covers, there are probably more out there too. Kinda endorses my initial comment
Totally agree, no need for this in our shell likes.................. lshinkawa wrote:
Horrible. Unnecessary remake no. 47.
 


 sirdroseph wrote:
Grace Slick is turning in her grave.{#Wink}
 
I don't think she's dead, is she?
 
Horrible. Unnecessary remake no. 47.
Why do I have the feeling you folks have never listened to the Blue Man Group version of this song?...{#Ask}
Eeeeeewww! Who did that!? (Dog hides as I pick up with tongs and deposit into trash while holding nose and fighting the dry heaves...) 
A solid -1...

 kysmet wrote:
Sadly, the music was the best part of the movie.
 

{#Eek}
Grace Slick is turning in her grave.{#Wink}
Well, the extended coda is a bit—oh, hell, it's way—over the top, but it's hard to screw up a good song. A very long time ago Russ Syracuse on KSFO in San Francisco, an unapologetic DJ when it came to chops versus slop, cut off Dickie Betts's solo on "Jessica" saying, "I just can't play that." I feel the same way about this coda.
sac·ri·lege
noun ˈsa-krə-lij
Definition of SACRILEGE
1: a technical and not necessarily intrinsically outrageous violation (as improper reception of a sacrament) of what is sacred because consecrated to God
2: gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing


Yikes!  Pretty pale imitation of the original.
Why did they even bother wasting studio time on this?
 drewd wrote:
Is this the Radio Disney version ??
Dude, you nailed it!! It's Hanna Montana's psychedelic tribute album... "Donald wants to be a disco duck" and Emiliana wants to be the White Rabbit.
This is the song for which the "Ho Hum" rating was created.
Is this the Radio Disney version ??
{#Puke}
The cover-"art" tells me enough,
I do not need to hear this super-crap!