Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane以及Moby Grape的前团员，一个真正意义上的精神分裂症患者，曾经在1968年近乎癫狂的拿着消防斧冲进录音室要和Moby Grape的其他团员拼命，Alexander 'Skip' Spence，平静的坐在镜框里笑着，画在嘴角上的獠牙比无邪的微笑更让人觉得这个经常辗转于各大精神病院的怪人其实只是一个孩子。
Alexander Lee "Skip" Spence (born April 18, 1946 in Windsor, Ontario - died April 16, 1999 in Santa Cruz, California) was a musician and singer-songwriter. He was a guitarist in an early line-up of Quicksilver Messenger Service before Marty Balin got him to be the drummer for Jefferson Airplane. After one album with Jefferson Airplane, their debut Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, he left to co-found Moby Grape, once again as a guitarist.
Suffering from schizophrenia, during the 1968 recording of the group's second album, Wow, Spence allegedly attempted to break down a bandmate's hotel room door with a fire axe while on LSD, and was committed for six months to the criminal ward at New York's Bellevue Hospital.Upon his release, he recorded his only solo album, the now-classic psychedelic/folk album Oar (1969, Columbia Records). However, mental illness and alcoholism prevented him from sustaining a career in the music industry, and he lived much of his later life as a homeless person in Santa Cruz. When it finally seemed that he might have been overcoming those afflictions, lung cancer claimed him.
Spence continued to have minor involvement in later Moby Grape projects and reunions, as well as helping the Doobie Brothers get signed to Warner Bros. Records (the Doobies idolized Spence and the Grape). More recently, Spence's "Land of the Sun," one of the only post-Grape recordings he ever completed, was nearly placed on the X-Files soundtrack.
More Oar: A Tribute to Alexander "Skip" Spence, featuring contributions from R.E.M., Robert Plant, Tom Waits, Beck, and many others, was released a few weeks after his death.
01. Little Hands
02. Cripple Creek
04. Margaret-Tiger Rug
05. Weighted Down (The Prison Song)
06. War In Peace
07. Broken Heart
08. All Come To Meet Her
09. Books Of Moses
10. Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin For Yang)
11. Lawrence Of Euphoria
12. Grey / Afro
13. This Time He Has Come
14. It's The Best Thing For You
15. Keep Everything Under Your Hat
16. Furry Heroine (Halo of Gold)
17. Givin' Up Things
18. If I'm Good
19. You Know
22. I Think You And I