Thursday, May 30, 2019

"Before I Go" by Starship

Song#:  2784
Date:  07/05/1986
Debut:  96
Peak:  68
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Starship's album Knee Deep in the Hoopla was a big success for the band going platinum on the strength of two #1 hits and another Top 30 entry. They tried to keep the ball rolling with this fourth single from the album, but it sputtered out early in the bottom half of the chart. Although this would wrap up the singles for this album, they would return the following year with another major chart topper.

ReduxReview:  This song was a bit underrated. The repeating keyboard lick heard at the top of the song was quite memorable and the tune had a thoughtful, soft rock feel with a lovely chorus. I'm surprised AC stations didn't pick up on the track as it seemed like it might have done well there. Yeah, it's not the strongest single candidate, but it deserved to at least hit the Top 40.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was written by David Roberts. Born in Boston but raised in Toronto, the singer/songwriter worked as a session musician before getting signed to the Canadian branch of Warner Bros. near the beginning of the decade. He recorded a debut album for them titled All Dressed Up in 1982. It featured the soft rock single "Boys of Autumn," which made it to #30 on the Canadian chart. Although the album didn't do all that well, Roberts did get a Juno nomination for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year. Another track from the album, "Anywhere You Run To," would get picked up and recorded by Diana Ross for her 1982 album Silk Electric. Starship would record another one of Roberts' songs, "Say When," for their next album No Protection.


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