Knee Deep in the Hoopla

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Knee Deep in the Hoopla
Studio album by Starship
Released September 10, 1985
Recorded 1984–1985 at the Record Plant, Sausalito and the Music Grinder, Los Angeles
Genre Arena rock, pop rock, AOR, melodic rock
Length 40:10
Label Grunt/RCA Records
Producer Peter Wolf, Jeremy Smith, Dennis Lambert (exec)
Starship chronology
Knee Deep in the Hoopla
No Protection
(1987)No Protection1987
Singles from Knee Deep in the Hoopla
  1. "We Built This City"
    Released: August 1, 1985[1]
  2. "Sara"
    Released: December 1985
  3. "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight"
    Released: 1986
  4. "Before I Go"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Knee Deep in the Hoopla is the 1985 debut album by Starship, the successor band to Jefferson Starship. It was certified platinum by the RIAA, and is best remembered for spawning the No. 1 hits "We Built This City" and "Sara"; The album's title comes from a lyric of the former.

The track "Desperate Heart," written by Michael Bolton and Randy Goodrum, also appears on Bolton's album Everybody's Crazy, released the same year. Two Grace Slick-sung tracks were recorded for but left off the album: Slick's own "Do You Remember Me?" (released on The Best of Grace Slick) and the Peter Wolf-Jeremy Smith composition "Casualty" (included as a bonus track on the 1999 remaster). Jeannette and Pete Sears wrote a song for the album called "One More Innocent," though it was rejected for its political lyrics.[3]


No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Built This City" Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, Peter Wolf 4:53
2. "Sara" Ina Wolf, P. Wolf 4:48
3. "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Steven Cristol, Robin Randall 3:41
4. "Rock Myself to Sleep" Kimberley Rew, Vince De la Cruz 3:24
5. "Desperate Heart" Randy Goodrum, Michael Bolton 4:04
6. "Private Room" Craig Chaquico, Mickey Thomas 4:51
7. "Before I Go" David Roberts 5:11
8. "Hearts of the World (Will Understand)" Stephen Broughton Lunt, Arthur Stead 4:21
9. "Love Rusts" Taupin, Page 4:57


Additional personnel
  • Peter Wolf – producer, arrangements
  • Jeremy Smith – producer, engineer
  • Dennis Lambert – executive producer
  • Skip Johnson – production coordinator
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Bill Bottrellmixing engineer on "We Built This City"
  • Tom Size – additional engineering
  • Paul Ericksen, Dana Chappelle, David Luke, Maureen Droney – assistant engineers
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering engineer
  • Raess Design (Ted Raess) – art, design
  • Bill Robbins – photography
  • Recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA; The Music Grinder, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixed at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
  • "We Built This City" re-mixed at The Soundcastle, L. A.
  • Mastered at Precision Lacquer, Los Angeles


  • "We Built This City" (1985)
  • "Sara" (1986)
  • "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" (1986)
  • "Before I Go" (1986)



Year Chart Position
1986 The Billboard 200 7


Year Single Chart Position
1985 "We Built This City" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1985 "We Built This City" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1985 "We Built This City" Adult Contemporary 37
1986 "Sara" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1986 "Sara" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
1986 "Sara" Adult Contemporary 1
1986 "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Billboard Hot 100 26
1986 "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
1986 "Before I Go" Billboard Hot 100 68


  1. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Database
  2. ^ McCombs, Joseph (2011). "Knee Deep in the Hoopla - Starship | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Sears, Jeannette (January 3, 2012). "We Built This City".