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People want to knock it and they want to love it. Song: We Built This City Artist: Starship Album: Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985) Bassist: Pete Sears Tabbed by LoudLon 5-string standard tuning (BEADG) PERFORMANCE NOTE: This song is mostly played slap-style. “Only The Lonely” is a 6, and “Suddenly Last Summer” is a 7.). And punish him. When I wrote it, it still had that feeling to me like something's wrong here. It's the most pussy thing I've ever heard. The Jefferson Airplane were the first of the San Francisco bands to sign with a major label, and their 1967 sophomore album Surrealistic Pillow went platinum and launched a couple of top-10 hits. Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll It's just another Sunday in a tired old street Police have got the choke hold, oh, then we just lost the beat Martin Page (co-writer): Bernie was moving away from working with Elton John. I could be totally wrong. Wolf played keyboards on the track. 1985年に打撃を受けたStarshipの「We Built This City」を思い出してください。急上昇のコーラスで、「私たちはロックンロールでこの街を造りました!」もちろんそうです。しかし、それは本当にすべての時間の最悪のロックソングですか?? The Synclavier was cutting-edge. Stream We Built This City by Starship from desktop or your mobile device. Our big hit single, “We Built This City,” was awful.… I felt like I'd throw up on the front row, but I smiled and did it anyway. Starship. Everybody wanted him to work with a Tom Dolby kind of writer—someone using new technology. “We Built This City” isn’t even the worst song ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. By 1985, the Bay Area had entered the early stages of the Silicon Valley monster that it’s become, and a whole lot of the hippies had become yuppies. In 2016, former Blender guy Rob Tannenbaum’s GQ oral history of “We Built This City” used the phrase “worst song of all time” in its headline. GQ誌はそう思っています。 Main genre: Rock / Pop. (It’s an 8.) 3 song on that Blender list was “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” by Wang Chung, which Peter Wolf produced. But over the years, as '80s music began to sound dated and ludicrous—and no song sounds more '80s than “We Built This City”—it developed a hideous reputation: the worst song of all time. That's awesome!”. In a 2012 Vanity Fair interview, Grace Slick, the longest-tenured member of Starship, had this to say: “Oh, you’re shitting me, that’s the worst song ever.” (In 2002, she also said, “Our big hit single ‘We Built This City’ was awful… I felt like I’d throw up on the front row, but I smiled and did it anyway. Taupin had, for instance, co-written the 1978 Alice Cooper album From The Inside; its big single, the Elton-esque ballad “How You Gonna See Me Now” peaked at #12. Dennis Lambert (executive producer): The Starship was one more act in a long line of artists I worked with who, if they weren't given up for dead, were thought of as being in a deep career hole. I said to him, “We're a few minutes away from a huge hit.”. It's unbelievable!”. Anyway, I like ’80s techno-pop. Wolf: It sounded like nothing else on the radio and had a very in-your-face, hard-edged machine bottom. Marconi was the first one to send music across the ocean. (That distinction still belongs to Staff Sgt. So a lot of people got sick of that song, including me. Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick traded off the vocals. If it was cheesy, I'd know it. Or $0.99 to buy MP3. Mickey Thomas (Starship vocalist): I joined Jefferson Starship in 1979, which was one of the pivotal points of re-inventing the band. Martha Davis (vocalist, the Motels): As best I remember—and we're talking about the '80s, so I don't remember much—[Elton John lyricist] Bernie Taupin sent me the lyrics to “We Built This City” so I could write music to it. Chaquico: The song says we built this city on live music, let's bring it back—but the music is computerized. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. She brings at least some of the forceful intention that she’d had back in her Airplane days, though she can’t really hit those gospel-style ad-libs that she tries out late in the track. Love, Les Garland.”, Chaquico: It marked a new chapter in the band where we couldn't stop making No. We Built This City. It refuses to die. Knee Deep in the Hoopla Grunt 1985. Chaquico: Peter Wolf was a genius synthesizer player. BONUS BEATS: Here’s the Diplomats rapping over producer Just Blaze’s sped-up chipmunk-soul sample of “We Built This City” on their 2002 track “Built This City”: (As a group, the Dipset never had a Hot 100 single, but almost everyone who raps on “Built This City” has hits. Well, even Mark Twain wrote some bad prose. During the late-1980s peak of junk bonds on Wall Street, Michael Milken changed the lyrics to We built this city on high-yield bonds to celebrate his law-breaking firm, Drexel Burnham Lambert. We had band meetings with big arguments. I “We Built This City” got dismal reviews, but it was a legit hit, and it made Starship into a real pop-chart presence in ways that the two bands with “Jefferson” in their names had never been. Lambert: It's part of the price you pay for making hit records. by Starship. It’s a 7. I don't think there's anything dumb about “looking for America, crawling through your schools.”. Bernie Taupin (lyricist, in 2013): The original song was… a very dark song about how club life in L.A. was being killed off and live acts had no place to go. In a way, then, “We Built This City” is Starship’s debut single. Today, its creators are ambivalent about what they've wrought. The most important stories and least important memes, every Friday. 1 songs. We Built This City Starship 2013 ... More by Starship. We Built This City: Blue centre labels, 1st sleeve variant with 'RCA'-logo on the rear. Taupin had written some lyrics about Los Angeles nightclubs being shut down and about the idea that live music was dying, and he sent those lyrics around. Together, they made the song into a product. Was sampled in 6 songs see all. It has made them wealthy, but years of ridicule have taken a toll. All the conversations about the song are loaded because of the Jefferson Airplane’s legacy, the patina of ’60s idealism that comes along with Grace Slick’s voice. (For reasons I don’t understand, Q-Feel’s 1982 single “Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)” peaked at #75 seven years after its release.) 4.7 out of 5 stars 48. They wanted Starship to make hits, and they weren’t sorry to see Paul Kantner go. Lambert: Grace Slick was the matriarch of the group, and everyone was focused on making her happy. Slick had a real drinking problem, and Kantner kicked her out of the band in 1978. The '80s, in my personal life, were a total disaster for me. That demo ended up in the hands of Peter Wolf (not the one from the J. Geils Band) and Dennis Lambert, two producers who were working with the band Starship. Even amidst peers like the Grateful Dead, Big Brother And The Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Jefferson Airplane stood out. By the end of their run, the Jefferson Starship were working with Peter Wolf, an Austrian-born arranger who’d previously been a keyboard player for Frank Zappa. The Jefferson Starship needed a new singer, so Kantner recruited Mickey Thomas, the Georgia-born vocalist who’d sung on blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop’s 1976 hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love.” (“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” peaked at #3. Sears: That was the best song on the album, even though it's considered the worst song of all time. It keeps creeping back. They also brought in Les Garland, a former San Francisco DJ who’d become an MTV exec, to do some DJ patter in the middle of the song — a smart idea for a group trying to get MTV play. Chordally and harmonically it's—this isn't an ego thing—it's incredibly skillful. Starship was a band created by the settlement of a lawsuit. 2020-08-07T21:00:49Z Comment by EveryStep GT. Wolf: Do I have a sense of why people mock the song? The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The chorus isn’t good, and it’s definitely not good enough to repeat as many times as it does. Les Garland (former head of programming, MTV): This is a great Garland story. (Opening with the chorus is a total Max Martin move.) Paul [Jefferson Airplane's co-founder] was an old hippie who was not relevant anymore. (“Somebody To Love,” the band’s highest-charting single, peaked at #5. We had three in a year and a half: “We Built This City,” “Sara,” and “Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.”. Weird Al did. It’s a 6. Maybe Bernie meant to say “mambo.” Maybe it means: If you don't like this music, some really angry snakes are gonna come out of the speakers. It was an embarrassment. I felt it didn't do the song justice. A year after forming, they recruited Grace Slick, a former model with an icy demeanor and an electric howl of a voice. But later records didn’t do as well, and the band’s membership changed a bunch of times. Go back to filtering menu SoundCloud. He’d gotten sick of their more commercial direction, and he quit in 1984. Mocked by The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Weird Al—an honor reserved only for a truly special level of musical affront. 1 song. “We Built This City” was written and recorded in stages, by an assembly line of songwriters. We want to get back to rock and roll and play it live. The mockery came way later. For instance: “Marconi plays the mamba.” Mickey Thomas in the GQ piece: Bernie didn’t say “mambo,” he said “mamba,” which is a snake. “We Built This City,” then, exists as a sort of unwelcome arbiter of cultural change. We built this city We built this city on rock an' roll Built this city We built this city on rock an' roll. That's how I look at the lyric: Things change. They’re always changing corporation names.” There’s the devaluation of music: “Who counts the money underneath the bar?/ Who rides the wrecking ball into our guitars?”, Those lyrics are all vague as fuck, and they don’t exactly make a cogent argument for anything. "We Built This City" is a 1985 song written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert and Peter Wolf, and originally recorded by US rock group Starship and released as their debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. I joined the band in '74, and gradually the music had become vacuous, sterilized, escapist. (Cancer, too, develops in stages.) Some days, I like it better than ’60s rock. In 2004, Blender put the song at the top of its list of the worst songs of all time, and VH1 built a whole TV special around that list. The track sounds like a rough draft, sung by puzzled musicians who don’t quite understand what they’re supposed to be so excited about. In a way, Starship were a new group. We were re-inventing ourselves, so I wanted to re-invent my personal look as well. Yes, I'm proud of it. Page: “We Built This City” is like Mickey Mouse. Thomas: Anybody who says the lyrics are dumb hasn't taken the time to digest the verses. From left, Thomas, former Starship drummer Donny Baldwin, Slick, and Sears. There’s police brutality: “It’s just another Sunday in a tired old street/ Police have got the chokehold, oh, and we just lost the beat.” There’s corporate consolidation: “Someone always playing corporation games/ Who cares? 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