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Knee Deep in the Hoopla

Starship Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars D E S P E R A T E H E A R T ! ! ! April 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
Of all the tracks in the "Hoopla" CD one track stands out, "Desperate Heart." Mickey Thomas sang this tune as if his life depended on it. The phrasings are so darn wonderful. Especially the part where he sang, "I can't let go til' my love is gone..." with a catch in his throat strikes me and brings me to tears. All other tracks, well, I would rate them from terrible to great, but "Desperate Heart" is STUPENDOUS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars At the top of their game. Jan. 24 2003
By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With "Knee Deep In The Hoopla", the Starship was finally catching up with the 80's. The production as well as the performance may have been dubbed "generic and anonymous", and Starship got harsh critics for playing the AOR card, but in fact they were at the top of their game. It's as if some people wanted Starship to apologize for being contemporary (remember, this band was the evolution of the 60's essential hippie band Jefferson Airplane), when in truth they didn't need to apologize for anything. "Knee Deep In The Hoopla" is a fine mid-80's album that still holds up well today in spite of its slightly dated arrangements, and this CD version makes it sound crisp and bright all over again. Besides, Grace Slick's unique vocal presence kept the band from being "just another top 40 band"; her chops lifted even banal songs like "Hearts Of The World" to another level.
Oddly enough, the band started getting bad critics only after the album became a piece of platinum. It's easy to forget that as soon as this album was released, everyone thought it was so cool and it became an immediate smash. The album yielded two # 1 singles, "We Built This City" and "Sara", before predictably faltering with a weak third single ("Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight", an energetic rock song that was not quite catchy enough to break into the top 10). A fourth single was released, the moving "Before I Go" (yes, it should have been the third single), but by then interest had waned and it peaked outside of the top 50.
Besides the hits, there are several worthy tracks on this album, such as the emotional "Desperate Heart" (another "should have been a single" song), the well-titled "Rock Myself To Sleep" and the touching final song, "Love Rusts".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun '80s pop/rock Dec 30 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
I look at this band from a different perspective than many, as I was not a Jefferson Airplane fan. I simply look at it from the viewpoint of an '80s music fan. From that perspective, this album sounds pretty darn good after all these years. It may not have aged that well, but it is still a lot of fun.
Everyone who likes this album raves about "We Built This City", and with good reason. Talk about a catchy, fun way to open up the album. Also worthy of note, the radio DJ's voice is not included on the Starship Greatest Hits CD I have, but it is on the version here--which is a good thing. "Sara" of course was a classic pop ballad in its day. These two songs went to number one, making this album memorable already. However, the more obscure later hit on the album, "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" is also a worthy pop/rock anthem. "Rock Myself To Sleep" is pretty heavy for this band, while "Before I Go" is a good mid-tempo ballad. "Love Rusts" may recall the earlier Jefferson Starship days a bit--a rather cool track to close the album.
At 9 tracks and about 40 minutes, this album was a cassette classic for me back when it came out. It still sounds pretty good, if a bit dated, on CD today. With the possible exception of the opening classic track, not a lot of new ground is broken here. Nonetheless, a very respectable listen for those who like pop/rock melodies of the '80s. That would include me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Dec 16 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
one of the greatest bands from the 80s... they inspire some current artistes... some of their songs are still classic today!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
WE BUILT THIS CITY - what a song - good rhythm, lyrics and really puts a smile on my face. Love it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars So horrible it's entertaining May 16 2004
By SH
Format:Audio CD
If you, like me, find humor in extremely hideous 80's music, this is a perfect cd for you. I honestly cannot listen to ten seconds of "We Built this City" without a smile gushing from my face. In all practical musical senses, I'd give this cd a resounding 1, but for entertainment purposes, a 5. Average them, and you get 3 stars, just what I rated it.
Here's my advice for anyone who buys it on its humor merit: play it in your car as loud as possible while driving through a city. You'll definately turn some heads and get some weird looks. I guess they're just jealous that you're the coolest person in the galaxy!
Another great buy is Asia's "Then and Now." Between these two cds, you'll have enough over-produced, cheesy 80's music to last you a life time. And you'll never get sick of annoying people with it. Trust me, if you're like me, its well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback into Childhood!!!!!!!!!!! Oct. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
My parents used to listen to this album when I was little, and I knew all the words to every song! It was my favorite album when I was younger. All the songs on this album are incredible. When I was little I was into the music but now i'm into both the music and the lyrics. THEY"RE GRRRRRRRRREAT! When I listen to this album now it brings back so many memories of when I was little. I recommend this to anyone who grew up in the 80's and wants a little flashback into they're childhood!
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