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(NPR)   The time has come to finally admit that the Jefferson Starship classic "We Built This City" is one of the best rock songs of the '80s and is undeserving of the scorn it receives from people who deride it only because others do   (npr.org) divider line 186
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2014-02-01 11:50:18 AM
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I just want to say one thing to Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick:  You didn't build that.
 
2014-02-01 11:51:51 AM
Subby, you're a sick puppy.  I do have a feeling that the worst rock song has yet to be recorded.  But give that brain damaged hermaphrodite Justin Bieber enough time and I'm confident he'll pull it off.
 
2014-02-01 11:58:50 AM
Even the members of Starship hated it... Grace Slick said LA was built by oranges and oil, not rock & roll
 
2014-02-01 12:43:24 PM

Rain-Monkey: Even the members of Starship hated it... Grace Slick said LA was built by oranges and oil, not rock & roll


Not to mention a HELL of a lot of cement.
 
2014-02-01 12:51:52 PM
Working at a radio station, it seems like every week I get sent a different song that becomes my new worst song ever.
 
2014-02-01 01:05:09 PM
You need to find your way back to the bridge you live under, subs.
 
2014-02-01 01:10:04 PM

Someone's always playing corporation games.
Who cares; they're always changing corporation names.
We just want to dance here; someone stole the stage.
They call us irresponsible; write us off the page.
Marconi plays the mamba. Listen to the radio.
Don't you remember. Remember.
We built this city... WE BUILT THIS CITY ON ROCK AND ROOOOOOOOOOOLL


Haunting, haunting lyrics.
 
2014-02-01 01:12:34 PM

Prey4reign: Subby, you're a sick puppy.  I do have a feeling that the worst rock song has yet to be recorded.  But give that brain damaged hermaphrodite Justin Bieber enough time and I'm confident he'll pull it off.


Are you seriously suggesting any Bieber song can be classified as rock?  I think I just barfed in my mouth a bit.

/always liked We Built This City
//unashamed
 
2014-02-01 01:26:48 PM

Radak: /always liked We Built This City
//unashamed


Solidarity!  I'm not saying it's as good as say, Open Arms or Take It on the Run, but it's not the worst song ever.  Whenever I hear it, it puts me in a good mood, what else does one need in a song?
 
2014-02-01 01:28:25 PM
I'm pretty sure Starship's current tour rider was copied word-for-word from state regulation on preparing a cell for a prisoner on suicide watch
 
2014-02-01 01:35:15 PM
I was a bar DJ when WBTC came out.
It was the manager's favorite song.
The fat little Ron Jeremy look alike son of a biatch had me play that farkin' song a dozen times a shift,
all the while drinking his nightly liter of peach schnapps, and singing along every time it played.

I heard he died a couple of years ago.
I hope he suffered.
 
2014-02-01 01:43:03 PM
That's like saying Hitler was an okay guy because Pol Pot, Mao, and Stalin.
 
2014-02-01 01:56:04 PM
It's still MUCH better than 99% of the music released today.

Bernie Taupin is one of the greatest lyricists of our time.
 
2014-02-01 01:59:27 PM
That song is the sole reason al-Qaeda hates the U.S.
 
2014-02-01 01:59:56 PM

Rain-Monkey: Even the members of Starship hated it... Grace Slick said LA was built by oranges and oil, not rock & roll


LA was built by Ranchero music.
 
2014-02-01 02:01:44 PM
"Wonderful Christmastime" came out before "We Built This City."   It was never the worst song.
 
2014-02-01 02:02:04 PM
No.
 
2014-02-01 02:05:53 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-01 02:11:44 PM
Not ashamed to admit it is a good song.

/great album too
//Knee deep in the hoopla FTW!
 
2014-02-01 02:14:04 PM
I don't care if everyone else in the world loves it, I hate that song.
 
2014-02-01 02:15:14 PM

Ennuipoet: Radak: /always liked We Built This City
//unashamed

Solidarity!  I'm not saying it's as good as say, Open Arms or Take It on the Run, but it's not the worst song ever.  Whenever I hear it, it puts me in a good mood, what else does one need in a song?


Fight the power!  I think I always liked the song unironically, except for that period where you were allowed to like the song but only ironically.

Marconi plays the mamba!
 
2014-02-01 02:20:17 PM
Farkin' Muppets.
 
2014-02-01 02:21:09 PM
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' blows the goats that roam the deepest depths of hell.  It is a far, far, farfarfar worse song.

/oh, records I turn to?  In no particular order, Fugazi- Repeater, Tool- Undertow, Bob Marley & the Wailers- Survival
//F*ck YOU, journalist, Paradise By the Dashboard Light is an AWESOME song
///
 
2014-02-01 02:21:48 PM

Rain-Monkey: Even the members of Starship hated it... Grace Slick said LA was built by oranges and oil, not rock & roll


It's an annoying song, but of the several cities referenced in the lyrics, LA is not one.
 
2014-02-01 02:23:50 PM
"We build this city" is the worst farking song in the history of sound. Even GOD hates that song. So sad that when the band got off the airplane and got onto a starship that they started to suck.
 
2014-02-01 02:24:06 PM
It's freakin' Eleanor Rigby compared to "The Piña Colada" song. Rupert Holmes peaked with "Timothy".
 
2014-02-01 02:25:02 PM
 
2014-02-01 02:25:15 PM
They built this city, but then they lit the sky on fire.

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2014-02-01 02:26:04 PM
Okay, I liked the radio banter, adjusted per city, during the bridge.

/"Billy, Don't Be a Hero" still holds the standard
 
2014-02-01 02:26:38 PM
And it's nowhere near the pinnacle of sheer suckitude that is Pokerface. As bad as some aspects of '80s pop was, that song took the very worst elements of that decade and revived them for a new millenium, which is just evil.
 
2014-02-01 02:28:05 PM
Sorry, but We Built This City is one sh*tty ditty,
 
2014-02-01 02:28:55 PM
I'm tired of 80's apologists trying to convince me that their farts aged like fine wine.
 
2014-02-01 02:29:15 PM

ten foiled hats: Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' blows the goats that roam the deepest depths of hell.  It is a far, far, farfarfar worse song.

/oh, records I turn to?  In no particular order, Fugazi- Repeater, Tool- Undertow, Bob Marley & the Wailers- Survival
//F*ck YOU, journalist, Paradise By the Dashboard Light is an AWESOME song
///


/csb on
I ended up having to pay a buddy $150 to replace his head unit after he wouldn't stop playing that farking song over and over and over again on a  road trip.

I tore that kenwood out of the dash with my bare hands while we were going 65 down i94 and pitched it right out the damn window

No, he didn't do a very good job mounting the thing into the dash
Yes, that total included $10 for him to replace the tape too
/csb off
 
2014-02-01 02:30:36 PM
Pretty much any of the offerings from Huey Lewis and the News crush this song.
 
2014-02-01 02:33:45 PM
Wow ... I lived through the 80s and I think I escaped listening to that song all the way through or watching the video until now.  I didn't know it was possible to pack that much 80s cheesiness into five minutes.

I did get a kick out of the part where the people were fleeing the giant die rolling down the street....
 
2014-02-01 02:34:02 PM
BURN THE HERETIC!
 
2014-02-01 02:34:32 PM

Foxxinnia: I'm tired of 80's apologists trying to convince me that their farts aged like fine wine.


As an '80s  teen I never once did I think the music, fashion, or hair of the '80s was anything but a joke upon itself.
 
2014-02-01 02:36:28 PM

Lorelle: It's still MUCH better than 99% of the music released today.

Bernie Taupin is one of the greatest lyricists of our time.


How to tell when someone is old and/or refuses to actively look for new music.
 
2014-02-01 02:37:36 PM
I've been sick of that song since the fall of 1985.
 
2014-02-01 02:38:10 PM
To be fair, it's not the only generic pop song with lyrics so cringe-worthy they make a person physically uncomfortable.
 
2014-02-01 02:40:08 PM
My idea of a good Jefferson Starship song: Count On Me
 
2014-02-01 02:57:27 PM

Rain-Monkey: Even the members of Starship hated it... Grace Slick said LA was built by oranges and oil, not rock & roll


Isn't "We Built this City" about SF?

Radio K.A.O.S. is about LA.
 
2014-02-01 03:00:16 PM

hitmanric: Foxxinnia: I'm tired of 80's apologists trying to convince me that their farts aged like fine wine.

As an '80s  teen I never once did I think the music, fashion, or hair of the '80s was anything but a joke upon itself.


hitmanric: Foxxinnia: I'm tired of 80's apologists trying to convince me that their farts aged like fine wine.

As an '80s  teen I never once did I think the music, fashion, or hair of the '80s was anything but a joke upon itself.


You must have been fun at parties.

In no particular order, this is the kind of stuff I choose to remember from my life in the '80s: Depeche Mode, The Cult, The Cure, The Smiths, Talking Heads, U2, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Bruce Springsteen, Fine Young Cannibals, Simply Red (just their first album), The B-52s, Marillion, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Prince, Boomtown Rats, Terrence Trent Darby, Dead Kennedys, Tom Waits, Violent Femmes, INXS, Thin Lizzie, The Police, R.E.M., Bryan Ferry, Nina Hagen Band, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters and Midnight Oil.
You probably think some of that is crap, but all of it, really?
 
2014-02-01 03:01:04 PM
Always bothered that they made a video for that song, and Radio Ga Ga.  Don't hate it though.

The embers burn for that mess that started a lot of what is heard today... Cher's 'Believe'.
 
2014-02-01 03:03:26 PM
Rock people problems
 
2014-02-01 03:04:23 PM

Dansker: In no particular order, this is the kind of stuff I choose to remember from my life in the '80s: Depeche Mode, The Cult, The Cure, The Smiths, Talking Heads, U2, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Bruce Springsteen, Fine Young Cannibals, Simply Red (just their first album), The B-52s, Marillion, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Prince, Boomtown Rats, Terrence Trent Darby, Dead Kennedys, Tom Waits, Violent Femmes, INXS, Thin Lizzie, The Police, R.E.M., Bryan Ferry, Nina Hagen Band, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters and Midnight Oil.
You probably think some of that is crap, but all of it, really?


No Pet Shop Boys?
 
2014-02-01 03:05:30 PM
My 80s guilty pleasure is Everyone Have Fun Tonight because the bridge turns the whole song into celebration of hedonism in the face of societal decay.

"On the edge of oblivion
All the world is Babylon
And all the love and ev'ryone
A ship of fools sailing on"

It always makes me chuckle how it gets played at corporate parties despite the undertone of fiddling while Rome burns.
 
2014-02-01 03:07:09 PM

Ennuipoet: Radak: /always liked We Built This City
//unashamed

Solidarity!  I'm not saying it's as good as say, Open Arms or Take It on the Run, but it's not the worst song ever.  Whenever I hear it, it puts me in a good mood, what else does one need in a song?


Agreed.
 
2014-02-01 03:07:12 PM
The song, taken entirely in isolation, is a fun, good-sounding bit of enjoyable cheese (much like all pop music ever).

However, my theory why it repulses so many is that it represents the ultimate sellout of a 60's counterculture band into slick corporate product.  It mirrored the utter fall of 1960's Baby Boomer folk idealism into 1980's corporate yuppyism, which continues today in the perverse form of the diabolic Tea Party.

The baby boomers truly went from inspired forces of social progress to the lowest depravities of selfish evil--and this song precisely crystalizes that descent.
 
2014-02-01 03:07:51 PM

Glitchwerks: Dansker: In no particular order, this is the kind of stuff I choose to remember from my life in the '80s: Depeche Mode, The Cult, The Cure, The Smiths, Talking Heads, U2, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Bruce Springsteen, Fine Young Cannibals, Simply Red (just their first album), The B-52s, Marillion, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Prince, Boomtown Rats, Terrence Trent Darby, Dead Kennedys, Tom Waits, Violent Femmes, INXS, Thin Lizzie, The Police, R.E.M., Bryan Ferry, Nina Hagen Band, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters and Midnight Oil.
You probably think some of that is crap, but all of it, really?

No Pet Shop Boys?


I had to stop somewhere, but yes, Pet Shop Boys! I still love Westend Girls and Suburbia.
 
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