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Starship

Starship was a band created by the settlement of a lawsuit. Notwithstanding this curious beginning, the group went on to a series of hits in the mid-'80s, including the chart-toppers "We Built This City," "Sara," and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" in a polished, mainstream pop/rock style before splitting up in the early '90s.

Starship was the remaining sextet of musicians that, with Paul Kantner, had made up Jefferson Starship until the rhythm guitarist/singer's exit from that band in June 1984. Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, the precursor to Jefferson Starship, had also helped found Jefferson Starship in 1974. Ten years later, Kantner decried the band's tilt toward commercial rock and decided that it was time for the group to dissolve. His bandmates disagreed, and Kantner sued over money and the ownership of the band's name in October 1984. The suit was settled in March 1985, resulting in a cash payment to Kantner and the agreement that the name "Jefferson Starship" would be retired, while the band would change its name to simply Starship (with that name owned by singer Grace Slick and manager Bill Thompson).

Thus, at its inception under its new moniker, Starship consisted of Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing in or near Chicago, IL, October 30, 1939), co-lead singer Mickey Thomas (born in Cairo, GA, December 3, 1949), guitarist Craig Chaquico (born September 25, 1954), keyboardist David Freiberg (born in Boston, MA, August 24, 1938), bassist Pete Sears (born May 27, 1948), and drummer Donny Baldwin. Freiberg, however, then dropped out. The newly christened band, freed from Kantner's ties to their old sound, quickly entered the studio. The first product of their efforts was "We Built This City," written by Dennis Lambert, Martin Page, Bernie Taupin (Elton John's lyricist), and Peter Wolf (not the former singer of the J. Geils Band), who co-produced the track and played keyboards on it. The song did two things that no Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship single ever had: it hit number one in November 1985 and it went gold, proving a strong calling card for the first Starship album, Knee Deep in the Hoopla, which reached the Top Ten and went platinum, a better showing than any Jefferson Starship album since 1978. Starship followed with a second number one single, "Sara," written by Wolf with his wife Ina and also featured on the album. A third single, "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight," made the Top 40.

The record sales established Starship as a separate entity with a new audience. The group was reduced to a quartet with the departure of Pete Sears prior to their next recording, a song from the movie Mannequin. Released as a single in January 1987, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond, became Starship's third number one hit in April and eventually was certified as their second gold 45. The second album, No Protection, released in July 1987, was prefaced by the single "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)," which reached the Top Ten as the album peaked at number 12 and went gold.

At the start of 1988, Grace Slick left Starship, reducing the band to the trio of Thomas, Chaquico, and Baldwin. They added two new members, keyboard player Mark Morgan and bassist Brett Bloomfield, and in the summer of 1989 released their third album, Love Among the Cannibals, which boasted the Top 20 hit "It's Not Enough" but sold disappointingly. The band was set to tour from mid-August to the end of September, but on September 24, Thomas was involved in a fight that left him severely beaten, suffering serious facial injuries that required surgery. Although no charges were filed, it eventually emerged that he had been beaten by Baldwin, who immediately left the band. While Thomas recovered, Chaquico also departed in 1990. In the spring of 1991, the band's label, RCA, released Greatest Hits (Ten Years and Change 1979-1991), which featured one new track, "Good Heart," written by Martin Page and performed by Thomas, Page, Wolf, and guitarist Peter Maunu. Released as a single, it reached number 81. With that, Bill Thompson declared Starship to be inactive.

In 1992, Thomas organized a band that began playing dates billed as "Mickey Thomas' Starship" or "Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas." Although Thomas did not own the right to use the name "Starship," Thompson and Grace Slick, the co-owners of the name, took no action to stop him, and he continued to perform using the name. In 2003, the Brilliant label issued an album credited simply to Starship called Greatest Hits on which a Thomas-led band re-recorded Starship's biggest hits and some songs from Thomas' tenure in Jefferson Starship as well as "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the hit Thomas sang with the Elvin Bishop Group in 1976. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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you think starship is good, you should hear my band The Fantastic F**ks.
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80's music can never beat that decade
Gosh, I remember this song. Takes me back to those days :-)
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works.
Smiles
hydrovdragon
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
Still love the 80's music....
I love your songs
I luuuuuuvvvvv v this song
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hate this song
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tenillerider 3
I. Did see them In Elko
Great song
Remember when they were called Jefferson Airplane in the 60s and Jefferson Starship in the 70s.Man Im getting old.
christian485 3 5
Just like naked eyes, starship has only 2 albums. Wow.
I have such an old soul lol
dimples01090 3
This song is awesome!!! I love it!!! Totes cool!!!<3 :D
Good song!!
Pandora might want to get the name right; Starship, not The Starship!
I love this song
lOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! !
Omg I love this song. It makes me smile!!! Every time I hear it I think of the Mannequin
love this music hate newer music
except for the punk rock bands.
Very good song!
i love 80s music. Songs that are worth listening to. Unlike the cheap songs of my generstion. Yuck.
mari_12981
I love the 80's
kareliz76
Maniqui!!!
80's!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! yeah!!!!!!
ahh the f**king 80's!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! music these days f**king sucks!!!
Amazing and the best of *Starship* I love them!
sarakay68
I LOVE THIS SONG IT IS ABOUT ME IT IS TAKING ABOUT MY NAME SARA I THINK THAT IS COOL
cinemadude
During the late 80s it bacame cool to dump criticism on this great band, accusing them of going commercial. Well, you know what, just be cause HORDS of people LOVE the stuff they put out, didn't make them bad, it just made them popular. And I reiterate Sara's correct sentiment-- I LOVE THIS SONG. You hear the first notes and every cell in your brain jumps to attention and you are pulled into it's great energy and incredible melody. Not cool to like Starship and Gracie Slick?....th e n I and d
connie0948
This is from the 80s movie Mannequin with Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall!
I LOVE THIS SONG ITS AWSOME
Starship is a GREAT 80's Group. Love We built this city & Sara Listen to them with my father growing up Rocking out in the Car.
Given the geographical homes of these band members, how the heck did they become known as a San Francisco band? Curious.
I agree about not comparing Starship to Jefferson Airplane. Airplane was horrible druggie ramblings. Starship actually made songs with a melody.
loasporter23
really like his new album Marauder.
SARA... SAAAAARAAA
vmuse07
Uh, the bio clearly states that this Peter Wolf is "not the former singer of J. Geils Band" but the link takes you to that Peter Wolf. :)

Whatever about hating on "popular" bands. Starship is pablum, which the masses will purchase from time to time. No sense in trying to make a case for them musically or compare to earlier formations. Just like going to see the "one original member" of Three Dog Night at some casino.
Genesis did the same thing.
Although Jefferson Airplane may have helped define a "new" genre in it's day, it's not "selling-out " to morph into a commercial success as well. "Airplane" may have been a higher form of art, but "Starship" paid the bills. I'll tell you what - in business, I'll take the solid retirement plan any day, over staying "hip" forever.
People always hate and decry success. "Edgy", "Raw", "Innovative" , all bullshit words for bands which no one but their mothers actually enjoy listening to.
Are Starship and Jefferson Starship the same thing? I read the bio but I was still a bit confused.
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