Saturday, January 26, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Starship

Song:Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Album:The Very Best of Starship: We Built This City

As many fans are probably aware, Starship was a spinoff of Jefferson Starship which was a spinoff of Jefferson Airplane. Starship had three number one hits including Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now in 1987. Jefferson Starship was very successful in the 70s. But by 1984, group leader Paul Kantner was unhappy with the band's direction and wanted out. Grace Slick wanted to continue Jefferson Starship but Kantner owned the name and didn't want it used. He sued and the result was that Slick and the band could continue as Starship. The members were Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas on vocals, Craig Chaquico on guitar, David Freiberg on keyboards, Pete Sears on bass and Donny Baldwin on drums. Freiberg soon left and was replaced by Austrian keyboard player Peter Wolf, not to be confused with J. Geils lead singer Peter Wolf. Wolf also took over as producer. Former Player keyboard player Gabriel Katona joined as Wolf didn't want to tour. Starship struck gold when their first single We Built This City topped the Billboard Hot 100. And so did the second single Sara. Jefferson Starship never had a number one hit. The album Knee Deep In The Hoopla reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 200 and was certified Platinum. Then Pete Sears left to join Hot Tuna. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now was in the 1987 hit film Mannequin and it topped the charts as well. It was written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond. Hammond said he wrote the lyrics after he divorced his wife and got a new girlfriend. Grace Slick left in 1988 and the rest of the band recorded the 1989 album Love Among The Cannibals. While on tour, Baldwin and Thomas got into a bar fight. Thomas was beaten so badly he needed reconstructive facial surgery. Baldwin was fired. After his recovery, Thomas continued and still tours as Mickey Thomas' Starship. You can get all of Starship's hits on this budget comp. Here's the video for Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship.

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