Few of the many, many synchs of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" have been as literal as the trailer for 'The Matrix Resurrections.'
Six months ago, somebody from Warner Bros. Pictures called Jeff Jampol, manager of Jefferson Airplane, and asked if a mysterious, unnamed big-budget film could license "White Rabbit" for a synch. "They wouldn't tell us a lot of details," he recalls. "They told us it was a high-budget film, and 'were we OK with cutting up the song and adding orchestration?'"
Yes, responded the classic '60s band, whose surviving members are Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, as long as they could approve the final cut -- which turned out to be the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, posted Sept. 9.
"White Rabbit," the 1967 psychedelic-rock classic written by Slick, has provided cosmic context for numerous movies and TV shows, from the spooky Platoon scene with Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe smoking from opposite ends of a rifle to a paranoid and jittery moment in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. Few have been as literal as the trailer for Matrix, whose labyrinthine plot matches Slick's opening lyric: "One pill makes you larger/and one pill makes you small."