Top 5 Songs from Starship
One of the big musical voices of the 1970s and 1980s was Jefferson Starship, the successor to the 60s folk band Jefferson Airplane. Started by Airplane member Paul Kantner and his girlfriend Grace Slick, Jefferson Starship was their attempt to put together an updated version of the band that has electric guitars and keyboard sets instead of the California Folk music that had been played in the previous band. Here is a selection of Starship’s most memorable music with these Top 5 songs from Jefferson Starship
Released in October 1979 off the “Freedom at Point Zero” album that was released a month later in November. This was a big song featuring new lead singer Mickey Thomas. It was said that this song was played live in concerts by both the band led by Thomas as well as the previous version of the band led by David Freiberg. It is a song that has spanned both versions of the band and had been around in their collection long before they released it on a record.
Winds of Change
This song was the title track from the album “Winds of Change” and was released in October of 1982. It was written by band member Pete Sears. This brought in a very electric guitar sound to their music and the video has the band leave the folksy look of jeans and T-shirts behind and wear more futuristic costumes to show they were more modern and even ready for the future. Some say this change in look was part of why Paul Katner left the band a few years after this.
This song was released at the tail end of 1985 off the “Kneedeep in the Hoopla” album and was written by Peter and Ina Wolf. This song topped the charts in the United States and Canada. It came out right when the band was recovering from a trademark lawsuit and had adjusted their name to Starship after being called Jefferson Starship for years thanks to band founder Paul Kanter who had left the band and owned the name Jefferson Starship.
Nothing is Gonna Stop Us Now
This song was first released in the early fall of 1987 as a single with the song used in the film “Mannequin.” It was written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond and it was said that the basis for this song was Hammond’s soon happening marriage and the divorce from his previous wife that was soon to be finalized. Despite the inspiration for the song, it is looked back on as the most famous of duets between Starship’s lead singers Mickey Thomas and Glace Slick. The song topped the charts in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Portugal with it ranking high on many other charts around the world.
We Built This City
Released in August of 1985 from the album “Knee Deep in the Hoopla”, it was written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf. It reached the top of the charts in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It is sometimes listed as The Worst song of the ’80s if not of all time as it tops polls of the readers of Rolling Stone magazine or by the readers of GQ. Readers of those publications site such things as the disagreements between writers Bernie Taupin and Martin Page in the song’s construction, and the backlash over the song that became such a hit. No matter if it’s looked at badly or positively, it has been remembered since 1985.