Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" by Starship

Song#:  2679
Date:  04/05/1986
Debut:  71
Peak:  26
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This new iteration of the Jefferson Airplane/Starship legacy opened up their new era with a bang. The band's debut album, Knee Deep in the Hoopla, scored back-to-back #1 singles with "We Built This City" and "Sara." It was the first time that any version of the band reached the top spot on the Pop chart and they did it twice. Hoping to squeak out another hit, this third single was released from the album. While it couldn't get near the apex of the chart, it did okay getting inside the Pop Top 30. It managed to do one spot better at Rock reaching #25.

ReduxReview:  The tracks gathered for Knee Deep were meant to take the band in a more commercial direction. In fact, only one song on the LP was written by band members. The ploy certainly paid off with the first two singles. This follow-up wasn't too bad of a choice. It has a good chorus and I like the spacey break section. However, it was nowhere near as memorable as the previous hits and that played out on the charts.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Getting in on the soundtrack game, Starship provided a song for the sports (hockey) drama film Youngblood, which starred Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze. The band supplied the song "Cut You Down to Size" for the film and related soundtrack. The band kind of supplied a second song titled "Stand in the Fire," yet despite using some of the same personnel, the song was solely credited to Starship front man Mickey Thomas. The tune was penned by Diane Warren and was, more or less, set to be the theme song from the film. Most likely, the song had been chosen for the film and Thomas was asked to perform it. He then just used his Starship team for the recording. The song was issued out as a single and it got to #35 at Rock, but it failed to reach the Pop chart. With no real hit to promote it, the soundtrack album, which also had songs by Mr. Mister, John Hiatt, and Nick Gilder, stalled at a lowly #166. The film got lukewarm reviews and was not all that successful at the box office. However, it wasn't a total dud and it later gained a following thanks to VHS rentals. (Side note: The score for the film was done by William Orbit. While not well-known at the time, his name certainly came to the forefront when he collaborated with Madonna on her 1998 album Ray of Light. Orbit co-produced the LP and co-wrote several songs for it including the Grammy-winning title track.


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