Instantly recognized by most the moment the steady drum march begin, "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane is a track that has been played and covered repeatedly over the past few decades. Since childhood, I've been collecting all things Alice in Wonderland. The Lewis Carroll story is heavy-laden with dark themes of abandonment, confusion, and finding oneself. Tiny Alice inspired treasures scatter my apartment and my bookshelf holds a collection of editions (my most prized being the story accompanied by Ralph Steadman illustrations.) Like the Hello Kitty freaks, I find myself digging and trying to choose between a Mad Hatter tea-cup or a silver necklace with a Cheshire Cat smile. Except not similar in that it's not as easy as diving into a $1 bin at a Target to find these things.
Naturally, when my father began introducing me to music from the decade, "White Rabbit" became an anthem of mine and has remained so. When I came across this gem of a cover, I was ecstatic. I still haven't seen the movie so there's no need to worry about spoilers, but Sucker Punch released a motion picture soundtrack comprised of covers from amazing cult songs ranging from The Beatles, to the Pixies, to Iggy Pop.
The Icelandic singer, Emilíana Torrini, establishes a perfect tone for this cover. The eerie guitar riffs have a slight more Arabian vibe and there are various background noises that fill in the more quiet and secretive doorways of the original.
Have a listen.