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"Knee Deep In The Hoopla"

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Year of Release: 1985

track listing
  • We Built The City
  • Sara
  • Tomorrow Doesn't
    Matter Tonight
  • Rock Myself To Sleep
  • Desperate Heart
  • Private Room
  • Before I Go
  • Hearts Of The World
    (Will Understand)
  • Love Rusts

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    "Knee Deep In The Hoopla"

    Starship was in its third formation by 1985, as they were originally known as the Jefferson Airplane, a very popular psychedelic band in the late 1960s. Led by Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, their most popular songs were "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit." Neither of their songs and albums reached #1, yet when they changed their name and personnel to the Jefferson Starship, they accomplished one #1 album with Red Octopus. Many songs were also popular as the Jefferson Starship, such as "Miracles," "Jane," "Stranger," and "No Way Out."

    By 1984, Paul Kanter had left the group, and he took the "Jefferson" name with him. Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas were the focus of the new transformed Starship. The new Starship would record two albums, and they would accomplished what the Airplane and the Jefferson name never did: Three number songs, the first two from from their Knee Deeep In The Hoopla, album ("We Built This City" and "Sara") Their third #1 song would be from their No Protection release, and it was also from the movie Mannequin, ("Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now").

    "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" has a definite 1980s rock style, as compared to Journey. "Rock Myself To Sleep" also has the 1980s Pop sound, more sounding like a song designated for the younger female crowd. "Desperate Heart" has Mickey Thomas' vocals standing out, as it is a definite trip to 1980s Pop/Rock music. A medium ballad, it can also relate to another popular band of the 1980s, Survivor. "Private Room" has a more 1980s dance style as well, similar to music featured on movie soundtracks such as Top Gun and Footloose, or even "Dream A Little Dream Of Me," which Mickey Thomas had recorded a song for.

    "Before I Go" is a very good song, compared to the non-#1 songs which were popular. "Hearts Of The World (Will Understand)" is another trip to the 1980s rock, as in Journey. The last song, "Love Rusts" is a medium ballad, focusing again on Thomas' vocals. The song itself is fair, almost another Journey wannabe.

    Knee Deep In The Hoopla is definitely a 1980s album. Maybe to some, this album could be a bad trip of 1980s music. The two #1 songs from this release are the most popular, and the best. The other songs relate too much to Steve Perry & Journey. Although Journey was way better than Starship, this album is fair; an ok album to listen to. Paul Kantner was glad to leave when he did, as he disapproved the Starship's sound, as they were trying to sound like most of the popular bands in their style at the time. Again, the two well-known songs are the favorites, the rest is soooo 1980s...

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