Political Animal


October 18, 2012 8:14 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

On a morning when I’m really wishing this election cycle would come to a merciful end, here’s Hot Tuna performing “Hesitation Blues” in 1970.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • G.Kerby on October 18, 2012 12:23 PM:

    Jorma and Jack ... the BEST !

  • TCinLA on October 18, 2012 4:33 PM:

    Hot Tuna were a bunch of compleat incompetents. After every song when doing a live performance (and likely here during recording) they had to spend 15 minutes tuning their instruments because they were too bloody stupid to get it right.

    I remember seeing a concert at Winterland in 1970 - Hot Tuna, the Muddy Waters Blues Band and John Mayall. Hot Tuna spent half their 45 minute set tuning between songs. Muddy and his band came on, went "strum" to tune up and launched into a solid hour of non-stop music that only made Hot Tuna look more ridiculous. John Mayall came on after that and the first thing he said was he couldn't understand why it was that Muddy was opening for him instead of the other way 'round.

    Was Hot Tuna not a vanity project of Jefferson Airplane they'd have been consigned to the ranks of Never-Were's where they belonged.