Starship ‎– We Built This City (US 12″)

So the last of the Rock V Indie series.

From 1985 and I always wondered which city was built on Rock N Roll (San Francisco ?) and that it doesn’t have that much guitar in it but a shed load of synths and samplers. Their biggest Hit and one of the 80’s anthems. Elton John’s main songwriter , Bernie Taupin, was one of the co-writers. Peter Wolf (another co-writer) and Jeremy Smith produced it and the remix was done by Victor Flores. So apart from Wolf no really Big name studio bods.

I’ve never properly listened to the second half of the track which it does get quite interesting., a fine example of an 80’s Twelve inch. But not sure about the lyrics;

“Who counts the money underneath the bar
Who writes the wrecking ball in two wild guitars
Don’t tell us you need us, ’cause we’re just simple fools
Looking for America, coming through your schools”

Eh? “Marconi plays the mambo” ??? Eh , Eh?

The song is really broken down into all its techy part with that big synth bass played by Pete Sears. It is less busy than the LP version

B-side shows off more Technology with a funky instrumental of track “Private Room” from the album “Knee Deep In Hoopla”, it reminds a bit of Dolby’s “Wreck Of The Fairchild” with some weird samples about British politics,


Grunt ‎– FW-14226 SAM_0541

A We Built This City (Special Club Mix) 7:00
B1 We Built This City 4:49
B2 Private Room (Instrumental) 4:54

11 thoughts on “Starship ‎– We Built This City (US 12″)”

  1. Hah! a perfect start for Halloween week…a very scary effort by Jefferson Starship… top ten success, and considered to be the absolute worst effort by anyone or anything connected with Jefferson Airplane or Starship. a crap lyric for a bsnd that did not translate well into 80’s music.

  2. One of the biggest musical abominations that the 80’s produced, right down there with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and “Human.”

    1. In the 80’s when this was new we used to quip, “you can change the bands’ name but it still sucks.”
      I heard this tag teamed with Toto’s “Africa” in the grocery store yesterday. 100 years of recorded music and this is what I have to hear, there should be a War Crimes Tribunal for abominations like this. Damn song is still stuck in my head.

  3. I first heard this song when it came out, and used to watch the clip a lot on MTV, but I only found out this year, as in 2019, that the middle-aged lady who does the backing vocals and also stands in as background on the clip, also once sang the White Rabbit at Woodstock. There, I said it.

  4. Big shouts to AO Joe !

    The stabs on the longer version are crying out for sampling !!!

    BTW. I agree the city in question is San Fransicko [no typo, it was a Daniel Clowes-ism].

    The [is it a faux] radio station clip [that doesnt appear on the Extended version] claims to be ‘the city by the bay’….

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