Knee Deep in the Hoopla is the first release by Starship in 1985, the successor band to Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship. It went platinum, and is best remembered for spawning the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "Sara", which were also the first such hits from any incarnation of Jefferson Airplane.
"We Built This City" was written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf, and inspired by Bay Area power rock station KSAN-FM. It was trashed at the time by former Jefferson Starship band member Paul Kantner, and later declared to be the 'worst song of all time' by Blender magazine. VH1 also named it the number one 'Most Awesomely Bad Song' in a Top 50 countdown co-branded with Blender.
"We Built This City" was also released in different versions in different cities around the United States: on the album version of the song, the traffic report is for the San Francisco area; the version that played on the radio in New York, NY, included a traffic report describing conditions on the George Washington Bridge. A further version of the song released to radio stations lacked the spoken section so that the stations could add their own.
Additional Background Vocals on "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight":
Additional Vocal on "Rock Myself to Sleep":
Additional Background Vocal on "Desperate Heart":
Additional Background Vocals on "Love Rusts":
|1986||The Billboard 200||7|
|1985||"We Built This City"||The Billboard Hot 100||1|
|1985||"We Built This City"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|1985||"We Built This City (Remix)"||Hot Dance Music / Club Play||37|
|1986||"Sara"||The Billboard Hot 100||1|
|1986||"Sara"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||12|
|1986||"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight"||Billboard Hot 100||26|
|1986||"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||25|
|1986||"Before I Go"||Billboard Hot 100||68|