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Knee Deep in the Hoopla

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All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886971637625
  • Catalog Number: 716376
  • Sales rank: 44,066

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Starship Primary Artist
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Grace Slick Vocals
Pete Sears Bass, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar, Synthesizer Bass
Mickey Thomas Vocals
Craig Chaquico Guitar
Martin Page Background Vocals
Peter Beckett Background Vocals
Simon Climie Background Vocals
J.C. Crowley Background Vocals
Lorraine Devon Background Vocals
Kevin DuBrow Vocals, Background Vocals
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Ina Wolf Background Vocals
Donny Baldwin Drums, Vocals, Electric Drums, Electronic Drums
Dave Jenkins Background Vocals
Chris Sutton Background Vocals
Peter Wolf Keyboards, electronics
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Composer
Mickey Thomas Composer
Craig Chaquico Composer
Martin Page Composer
Michael Fischer Contributor
Randy Goodrum Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer, Executive Producer
Stephen Broughton Lunt Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jeremy Smith Producer, Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Ina Wolf Composer
David Roberts Composer
Ted Raess Artwork, Art Direction
Robert Randall Composer
Bill Goodman Contributor
Michinari Yamada Liner Notes
Kazuhisa Fujita Reissue Design
Jeremy Holland Smith Producer, Engineer
Steven Cristol Composer
Peter Wolf Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Size Engineer
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