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Knee Deep In the Hoopla

Starship

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Album Review

Left for dead after the departure of bandleader Paul Kantner the previous year, the newly christened Starship experienced an unexpected commercial comeback with 1985's Knee Deep in the Hoopla. The long-running band's most overtly commercial effort to date, Knee Deep in the Hoopla featured two number one hits: the unusual and much-maligned "We Built This City" and the Mickey Thomas-sung ballad "Sara." The songs, most of which came from outside songwriters, are pleasant but lightweight; when co-lead vocalist Grace Slick rocks out, as she does on "Rock Myself to Sleep," it sounds laughably out of place. Nevertheless, if the tracks are less than memorable, they are very tuneful and melodic and sympathetically produced by Jeremy Smith and hitmaker Peter Wolf (who had penned the group's hit "No Way Out" the previous year). Slick's presence is heavily muted, leaving the spotlight to Thomas' high-pitched arena rock wails. Huge hits notwithstanding, the standout cut on this album is clearly "Love Rusts," an eerie duet between Thomas and Slick tracing the dissolution of a relationship. The album is hardly a great artistic achievement, but it's better than the Starship records that followed, and it fit perfectly with 1985's zeitgeist of '60s relics cleaning up and making MOR comebacks.

Customer Reviews

Great!

I don't see why they say this album is bad. I have always loved it. I consider it a must for my 80s collection.

Not an 80s Baby

I am not an 80s baby, I was born in 1991, but I have always loved eighties music. Anyways, I picked this album up at a garage sale and to this day is one of my favorites of the Era! Great mix of new wave and rock. Synthesizer Galore. Favorite tracks: Private Room, Before I Go, Hearts Of The World Will Understand

Bonus Track?

Why is'nt the re-issue of this available with the bonus track CASUALTY?

Biography

Formed: 1984 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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"...
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