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San Francisco, United States (1985 – 1989, 1992 – present)

Starship is an American / band best known for their hits “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “We Built This City” that operated from 1985 to 1989, reforming in 1992 although featuring just vocalist Mickey Thomas. In 1984, Paul Kantner left the San Francisco, California group Jefferson Starship. His former bandmates wanted to continue with that name, but Kantner, as the last founding member of Jefferson Airplane, took legal action over the “Jefferson” name. Kantner settled out of court and signed an agreement that neither party would use the names “Jefferson” or “Airplane” unless all members of Jefferson Airplane, Inc. (made up of Bill Thompson, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady) agreed. The band then took the name “Starship”. Keyboard player David Freiberg, who had been increasingly marginalized, left as well.

In contrast to Paul Kantner’s more and direction, Starship moved towards a sleek direction reminiscent of contemporaries Foreigner and Journey. In 1985, the band, based primarily around dual vocalists Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick, released ‘Knee Deep in the Hoopla’ and immediately scored two #1 hits. The first was “We Built This City”, written by the team of Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf (producer), which was inspired by Bay Area rock n roll station KSAN-FM.

That song was trashed at the time by Kantner and later criticized by co-singer Grace Slick, and it was later declared to be the “worst song of all time” by Blender magazine.

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