Sunday, June 28, 2020

"It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" by Starship

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3178
Date:  06/20/1987
Debut:  67
Peak:  9
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Rock



Pop Bits:  Earlier in '87, Starship released the single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," a song they recorded for the rom-com flick Mannequin. It would be the band's third #1 hit. While that song was making its way up the chart, Starship put the finishing touches on the follow-up to their 1985 platinum-selling album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Titled No Protection, the LP would include the soundtrack hit along with this next single. It would do well at Rock and Pop hitting #9 on both charts. A week after this song debuted on the Pop chart, the album would be released. It would nearly crack the Top 10 reaching #12.

ReduxReview:  Like their previous album, Starship mainly relied on outside material for No Protection. Some of it came from top songwriters like Diane Warren, Martin Page, and as in the case of this track, Robbie Nevil. Nevil, whose own career was on the rise in '87, co-wrote this son with John Van Tongeren and Phil Gladston. Although this tune leans more towards rock than the blissful pop of "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," it is still flavored with mainstream appeal. It was a good follow-up track, but in the long run it wasn't one of the band's most memorable hits. In fact, it has pretty much disappeared these days. In essence, it was a disposable track. It arrived, did it's job, and then got tossed away.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Grace Slick had been a member in all three iterations of the band: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship. Each group had their own hits, but it was Starship that scored the biggest hits. However, that came at a bit of a cost as a larger chunk of their material was composed by songwriters outside of the band and their sound had become even more mainstream. Apparently, this ended up not sitting well with Slick and she finally threw in the towel and left the band not long after the No Protection album was released. A couple of years later, Slick joined a reunited Jefferson Airplane for an album and a tour. After that, Slick decided to retire from music. She would make occasional one-off appearances over the years, but her main focus became painting, mainly images of rock icons. She also published an autobiography in 1998 titled Somebody to Love? A Rock and Roll Memoir.

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