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7" 45 Single
Jefferson Starship - "Light the Sky on Fire"
This was the song performed by Jefferson Starship in the Holiday
Special. During this scene, an Imperial Guard watches the band
playing on a portable holo unit.
The 1978 7" single, released around the same time as the
Holiday Special, proudly proclaims on the cover "AS SEEN AND HEARD
ON THE CBS-TV 'STAR WARS' HOLIDAY SPECIAL". On a double A-side
promotional version, it also says "ESTIMATED VIEWING AUDIENCE
50 MILLION PEOPLE - PLAY IT NOW!". However, the association
was soon dropped after the Special aired. In 1979 the single was
reissued in a generic sleeve with no references to Star Wars.
The B-side was a song from 1974 called "Hyperdrive", which might
seem to be an even more relevant Star Wars reference, but in reality
the song had nothing to do with leaping to light speed Milennium
Falcon-style. Perhaps the song was chosen just for its title in
The single version of "Light the Sky on Fire" is not the same
version performed on the Holiday Special, but a rather shortened
edit. There was also a plain white sleeved promotional 12" featuring
the 7" single version plus a longer extended version on the
other side, and though the longer version is even closer to the
one used in the Special, it's still not exactly the same. As far
as we know, the Holiday Special version has never been released