Grace Slick (Starship vocalist; ‘Vanity Fair,’ June 2012): I was such an asshole for a while, I was trying to make up for it by being sober, which I was all during the '80s, which is a bizarre decade to be sober in. Chordally and harmonically it's—this isn't an ego thing—it's incredibly skillful. That’s partly because some of those lyrics are genuinely meaningless. Wolf: I said to Bernie, “I wrote a chorus. Marty Balin, their other lead singer, left a year later. This a very good collection of Starship,there are 17 tracks on the CD and all are mostly recorded in the 1980's when the band were at there best.The well known tracks on the Album are : We built this city,Jane,Sara,& Nothing's gonna stop us now,but the rest of the … Garland: You know me, kind of a clown. They were stars. Lambert: It's part of the price you pay for making hit records. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1985 Vinyl release of We Built This City on Discogs. In a band, either you're in or you're out. Pete Sears (Starship bassist): That album, for me, was musical hell. We Built This City: Blue centre labels, 1st sleeve variant with 'RCA'-logo on the rear. Main genre: Rock / Pop. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Ad Choices, An Oral History of “We Built This City,” the Worst Song of All Time, It has been playing, ceaselessly, for three decades now, and it will stay lodged in your brain, like a barnacle made of synthesizers and cocaine, for hours after you read this article. “That album, for me, was musical hell. Marconi was the first one to send music across the ocean. Kantner also sued the band. It was an embarrassment. And I went into therapy for a year. And punish him. Wolf played keyboards on the track. Was sampled in 6 songs see all. “I don't think anybody can take all the credit,” says Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico, “or all the blame.”. The music itself was a huge gamble. Notwithstanding this curious beginning, the group went on to a series of hits in the mid-'80s, including the chart-toppers "We Built This City," "Sara," and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" in a polished, mainstream … I did one take, then threw the earphones on the floor. It complains about techno-pop, but it’s a techno-pop song. Working with Starship, they turned “We Built This City” into a big, blaring synth-rock song with an ultra-bouncy beat and a sickly, unpleasant sort of catchiness. I shaved my mustache. I love it.” Because people love Mickey. I had a family.”—Pete "We Built This City" is a song written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf, and originally recorded by the group Starship and released as its debut single on November 10, 1985. In a way, then, “We Built This City” is Starship’s debut single. Barry Sadler’s “The Ballad Of The Green Berets.”) “We Built This City” is, however, a very bad song. gradually the music had become vacuous, sterilized, escapist. Thomas: At one point I did start to sing “mambo,” to try and be more grammatically correct, and after a while I thought, “Fuck it,” and went back to “mamba.”. MP3 Music Listen with Music Unlimited. Slick is singing about building something, but she’s singing it on this song that seems to symbolize everything shitty about the differences between the ’60s and the ’80s. Sears: In 1987, I quit the band. Jim Jones’ highest-charting single, 2006’s “We Fly High,” peaked at #5. The Jefferson Airplane were the first of the San Francisco bands to sign with a major label, and their 1967 sophomore album Surrealistic Pillow went platinum and launched a couple of top-10 hits. Sears, Starship bassist. The track sounds like a rough draft, sung by puzzled musicians who don’t quite understand what they’re supposed to be so excited about. We were re-inventing ourselves, so I wanted to re-invent my personal look as well. When we spoke with Martin Page in 2014, he explained: "To me, 'We Built This City' is live music's been pulled away from the streets of LA. I'm still here and *Blender'*s not. Here, we're going to sing this song, “We Built This City on Rock & Roll.” Oh, you're shitting me, that's the worst song ever. “We Built This City” isn’t even the worst song ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. We Built This City Starship 2013 ... More by Starship. Page: About two years ago, I saw an advert in London for the mobile service Three UK with a little girl riding a bicycle and singing the song, and it went viral. From left, Thomas, former Starship drummer Donny Baldwin, Slick, and Sears. probably should’ve tried harder to oppose it. The Synclavier was cutting-edge. Page put some synth music to Taupin’s lyrics, and he recorded a demo in his living room. “Knee-deep in the hoopla”? I sent a telex to the Starship: “Thank you so much for backing me up on my No. We did. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1985 Indianapolis Pressing Vinyl release of We Built This City on Discogs. I didn't think a second thing about it. Slick had a real drinking problem, and Kantner kicked her out of the band in 1978. We Built This City: 2nd pressing variant with black label blanks crediting manufacturing to … At times, I've thought it is the worst song ever, yes. I said to him, “We're a few minutes away from a huge hit.”. Chaquico: The No. Genre Rock Comment by NMW. About a minute in, he hit the pause button and in his Austrian accent started to sing: “Vee built dis seety on vock and VOLL.”. Maybe Bernie meant to say “mambo.” Maybe it means: If you don't like this music, some really angry snakes are gonna come out of the speakers. 1 song. Martha Davis (vocalist, the Motels): As best I remember—and we're talking about the '80s, so I don't remember much—[Elton John lyricist] Bernie Taupin sent me the lyrics to “We Built This City” so I could write music to it. I I remember watching Miami Vice in between takes. Wolf and Dennis Lambert, a pop-industry veteran who’d co-produced Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” and Player’s “Baby Come Back,” became Starship’s new producers. Stream We Built This City by Starship from desktop or your mobile device. When I wrote it, it still had that feeling to me like something's wrong here. Russell Brand has sung it, Fergie and the Muppets have performed it. Paul Kantner. We Built This City. I really don't know. Les Garland (former head of programming, MTV): This is a great Garland story. Taupin had, for instance, co-written the 1978 Alice Cooper album From The Inside; its big single, the Elton-esque ballad “How You Gonna See Me Now” peaked at #12. I saw that. We Built This City. GQ may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. In some ways, “We Built This City” foreshadows the elegant, mathematical Swedish-style factory-pop that would take over the charts in the years ahead. Rob Tannenbaum is the co-author of ‘I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution,’ which somehow mentions Starship only once. Everyone wanted to go more modern, and he didn’t want to… He argued with everybody, and I hated that.”, Wolf and Lambert liked Taupin and Page’s demo for “We Built This City,” but they didn’t think the chorus was big enough, so they wrote a bigger one and gave themselves co-writer credits. Chaquico, rocking two sweet axes at once. Francis Delia (video director): I got a call from the band, asking if I could be in Kalamazoo to join them for a dinner. Say you don't know me, or recognize my face Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight Too many runaways eating up the night. Label: RCA Victor - PB-14170 • Format: Vinyl 7 Starship - We Built This City (1985, Vinyl) | Discogs For instance: “Marconi plays the mamba.” Mickey Thomas in the GQ piece: Bernie didn’t say “mambo,” he said “mamba,” which is a snake. The Jefferson Starship needed a new singer, so Kantner recruited Mickey Thomas, the Georgia-born vocalist who’d sung on blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop’s 1976 hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love.” (“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” peaked at #3. You want people to see the quality in the song, and the beautiful melody. It’s a 10. All rights reserved. Some days, I like it better than ’60s rock. Starship (2) ‎– We Built This City Label: Grunt (3) ‎– FT49930, Grunt (3) ‎– FT 49930, RCA ‎– FT49930, RCA ‎– FT 49930 I called him and said, “Dude, I'm on one of the worst songs ever, but you're on two. He was pissed. BONUS BEATS: Here’s the Diplomats rapping over producer Just Blaze’s sped-up chipmunk-soul sample of “We Built This City” on their 2002 track “Built This City”: (As a group, the Dipset never had a Hot 100 single, but almost everyone who raps on “Built This City” has hits. Juelz Santana’s highest-charting single, 2005’s “There It Go (The Whistle Song),” peaked at #6. “Only The Lonely” is a 6, and “Suddenly Last Summer” is a 7.). Starship will be in this column again. I'm still here; *Blender'*s not. BONUS BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: In 2018, the British YouTuber LadBaby scored the UK’s fabled Christmas #1 with “We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls,” a food-themed parody of “We Built This City.” Here’s his video: (A year later, LadBaby landed another Christmas #1 with “I Love Sausage Rolls,” a parody of Joan Jett And The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘N Roll.” The world eagerly awaits the next time LadBaby substitutes the words “rock ‘n’ roll” with “sausage rolls.”), The Number Ones: Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald’s “On My Own”, The Number Ones: Billy Ocean’s “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”, Album Of The Week: Paul McCartney McCartney III. Tags: GTA, US #1 Hit. an embarrassment. The moment it comes on, people go, “I know that. A producer named Peter Wolf—not the J. Geils Peter Wolf, but a big-time pop guy and Austrian record producer—got ahold of the demo and totally changed it.… If you heard the original demo, you wouldn't even recognize the song. In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. By 1985, the Bay Area had entered the early stages of the Silicon Valley monster that it’s become, and a whole lot of the hippies had become yuppies. I could be totally wrong. Marconi created the radio. Like many things celebrated and awful, “We Built This City” has grown into a meme: It was the title of a 2008 episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation. I probably should've tried harder to oppose it. Everyone wanted to go more modern, and he didn't want to. It's a good question. Taupin loved it. Wolf: Journey was recording in the studio next door, and every time I opened the door, their band members were standing outside with their mouths open. It sounded like Peter Gabriel's “Shock the Monkey.” I sent it to Bernie, who said, “Bernie Taupin comes into the future.”. Conventional wisdom dictates that Starship’s “We Built This City” is the absolute nadir of recorded music, the shittiest piece of shit that any musician has ever shitted out. By the end of their run, the Jefferson Starship were working with Peter Wolf, an Austrian-born arranger who’d previously been a keyboard player for Frank Zappa. That's how she put it. Bernie Taupin (lyricist, in 2013): The original song was… a very dark song about how club life in L.A. was being killed off and live acts had no place to go. Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico, to GQ: “The song says we built this city on live music, let’s bring it back — but the music is computerized. Thomas: When the song went to No. A major smash song never stops earning money. Label: RCA - 104471,Grunt (3) - 104471 • Format: Vinyl 7 Starship - We Built This City (1985, Vinyl) | Discogs It’s a 7. Since 1957, GQ has inspired men to look sharper and live smarter with its unparalleled coverage of style, culture, and beyond. A year after forming, they recruited Grace Slick, a former model with an icy demeanor and an electric howl of a voice. But “We Built This City” is also clumsier and more muddled than most of the techno-pop that would follow. She gave me very specific marching orders: “I want to make hits.” She told me she wanted to tour, make a lot of money, and then retire. Taupin had written some lyrics about Los Angeles nightclubs being shut down and about the idea that live music was dying, and he sent those lyrics around. But later records didn’t do as well, and the band’s membership changed a bunch of times. Wolf: I saw them in Costa Mesa, and when they played the beginning of the song, 15,000 people were singing. It’s a 9.) … 1, I said to Bernie, “More than ever, people are gonna ask what ‘Marconi plays the mamba’ means.” He said, “I have no fucking idea, mate.”. “The worst song of all time.” That’s what we’re supposed to say. In 2004, Blender put the song at the top of its list of the worst songs of all time, and VH1 built a whole TV special around that list. Thomas: I do 60 to 75 shows a year, and it's probably the most popular song in the show. As a publicity stunt, Blender sent writer Russ Heller to listen to “We Built This City” on a loop for 24 hours in a glass booth that had been installed in a Manhattan Best Buy; it broke some kind of record. It was We had band meetings with big arguments. In another, more poignant way, they were an extension of a group that had been around for 20 years. • Cover art for the “We Built This City” vinyl single. The rest were a load of crap. We Built This City by Starship published on 2016-03-20T14:48:52Z. In a way, Starship were a new group. Page: “We Built This City” is like Mickey Mouse. This very uncatchy theme song is not even Smith's best movie-themed sellout. “We Built This City,” then, exists as a sort of unwelcome arbiter of cultural change. With the Airplane, Slick really did help build something — not a city per se, but one of the most beloved rock ‘n’ roll scenes in history. BONUS BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s the utterly absurd scene from the 2012 film Rock Of Ages where Russell Brand leads a mob of pro-rock ‘n’ roll protesters in a rendition of “We Built This City”: (The song that Catherine Zeta-Jones and the anti-rock ‘n’ roll protesters are singing is Twisted Sister’s 1984 single “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which peaked at #21 and which is way more of a rock ‘n’ roll song than “We Built This City.” It exemplifies the problem it’s protesting.). Thirty years ago, radio stations and MTV put an insidiously catchy song called “We Built This City” into heavy rotation and kept it there. Only Hell Rell has never charted.). Wolf: Chicago was looking for a new singer, after Peter Cetera left. Sears: Grace was unhappy. Slick (in 2002): The Starship, I hated. Starship was a band created by the settlement of a lawsuit. In the mid-’70s, Paul Kantner was getting more and more into sci-fi imagery, and he pushed the band into a change of direction. Yes, I'm proud of it. Slightly different from original track in that the guitar is more focused. GQ誌はそう思っています。 The first tab I have made so may not be perfect. by Starship. All the conversations about the song are loaded because of the Jefferson Airplane’s legacy, the patina of ’60s idealism that comes along with Grace Slick’s voice. Do you hear any mamba? Page: To make ourselves feel strong, we say, “We're running to the bank.” But it does hurt. Don't quote any of this. We want to get back to rock and roll and play it live. It keeps creeping back. There are some sharp little melodic turns in there. Occasionally, now, I hear “We Built This City” in a supermarket, or in some movie, and I'm grateful that it helps renew my health insurance, via SAG-AFTRA. MP3 Music Listen with Music Unlimited. Sears: That was the best song on the album, even though it's considered the worst song of all time. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. That's how I look at the lyric: Things change. In 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner, two San Francisco folk-scene types, had their minds blown by the Beatles, and they started up a rock ‘n’ roll band of their own called the Jefferson Airplane. Well, even Mark Twain wrote some bad prose. They say the word “bird” 84 times in 143 seconds, compounding a lack of originality: It's a rip-off of a Rivingtons song. (Don’t blame us—blame Starship.) The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. (That would be “Men in Black.”). Anyone who tries to make that case has probably never, for instance, survived prolonged exposure to the works of KK Slider. Song: We Built This City Artist: Starship Album: Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985) Bassist: Pete Sears Tabbed by LoudLon 5-string standard tuning (BEADG) PERFORMANCE NOTE: This song is mostly played slap-style. • Trigger warning: This photograph of Starship can cause unpredictable reactions in people who survived the 1980s. Banger. During the late-1980s peak of junk bonds on Wall Street, Michael Milken changed the lyrics to We built this city on high-yield bonds to celebrate his law-breaking firm, Drexel Burnham Lambert. Lambert: Grace Slick was the matriarch of the group, and everyone was focused on making her happy. Chaquico: If you listen to any song a million times, you'll get sick of it. “We Built This City” was written and recorded in stages, by an assembly line of songwriters. The chorus isn’t good, and it’s definitely not good enough to repeat as many times as it does. Label: RCA - FB 49929 • Format: Vinyl 7 Starship - We Built This City (1985, Vinyl) | Discogs We would also like to know who let the dogs out. 3 song on that Blender list was “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” by Wang Chung, which Peter Wolf produced. Thomas: I was upset at first, but the article was written with quite a bit of humor, so after about an hour, I laughed about it. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for We Built This City - Starship on AllMusic 1985年に打撃を受けたStarshipの「We Built This City」を思い出してください。急上昇のコーラスで、「私たちはロックンロールでこの街を造りました!」もちろんそうです。しかし、それは本当にすべての時間の最悪のロックソングですか?? (Garland also hired China Kantner, the daughter of Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, as a VJ.). Bringing them back wasn't gonna be easy. The whole saga of “We Built This City” starts with Bernie Taupin, the longtime Elton John collaborator who was trying to see what he could do without Elton. The hit single gave the members of the band Starship—which emerged from the ashes of Jefferson Starship, successor to Jefferson Airplane, the essential 1960s psychedelic band—unlikely second careers as pop stars. Love, Les Garland.”, Chaquico: It marked a new chapter in the band where we couldn't stop making No. Is that okay with you?” He said, “Yeah, but I don't want to write any more lyrics.”, Craig Chaquico (Starship guitarist): Peter came to my recording studio in Mill Valley and played the demo for me. What was his name, the gentleman who just died? So a lot of people got sick of that song, including me. by Starship. The '80s, in my personal life, were a total disaster for me. Stephen Holden (critic; ‘The New York Times,’ 1985): A compendium of strutting pop-rock clichés, Knee Deep in the Hoopla represents the '80s equivalent of almost everything the original Jefferson Airplane stood against—conformity, conservatism, and a slavish adherence to formula. Dennis Lambert (executive producer): The Starship was one more act in a long line of artists I worked with who, if they weren't given up for dead, were thought of as being in a deep career hole. Sure. Starship. It refuses to die. The show must go on. I don't think there's anything dumb about “looking for America, crawling through your schools.”. Martin Page’s muse would let him finish the song. (That distinction still belongs to Staff Sgt. This is the true story of how, The (S)Hit List: A Compendium of Fantastically Terrible Songs, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. Thomas: Anybody who says the lyrics are dumb hasn't taken the time to digest the verses. It's unbelievable!”. We Built This City 2003 (Radio Edit) This song is by Starship. In that GQ oral history, the Motels’ Martha Davis says that she told Taupin, “My artistic muse won’t let me finish the song.” (The Motels’ two highest-charting singles, 1982’s “Only The Lonely” and 1983’s “Suddenly Last Summer,” both peaked at #9. It's 1985. (It’s an 8.) She was being staunchly brave. Half a million people paid money to own this. That’s a heavy weight for a song to bear. 1 record. I wasn't exactly a Starship fan—I came out of soul music. It was a terrible video—cheap and ugly—and it got incredible play on MTV. Thomas: Doesn't every band want hits? (For reasons I don’t understand, Q-Feel’s 1982 single “Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)” peaked at #75 seven years after its release.) Rather than notate every slap, you shouldn't have a problem making them out on your own, as the bass is pretty clear in this song. So that we can find him. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Your California Privacy Rights. 4.7 out of 5 stars 48. Blender magazine first crowned it thus in 2004, and the label has stuck, thanks to a series of online polls, thickening into something close to empirical fact. Our big hit single, “We Built This City,” was awful.… I felt like I'd throw up on the front row, but I smiled and did it anyway. Slick is the only Airplane veteran even involved in “We Built This City.” With “We Built This City,” the 46-year-old Slick broke Tina Turner’s record and became the oldest woman ever to sing a #1 single. It’s a 6. People said, “You have to carry the mantle of the '60s.” C'mon. We had three in a year and a half: “We Built This City,” “Sara,” and “Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.”. Someone in the production crew thought it would be neat to release thousands of Ping-Pong balls. It’s a 7.). As a guest, Juelz will eventually appear in this column. (“Somebody To Love,” the band’s highest-charting single, peaked at #5. If it was cheesy, I'd know it. The Jefferson Airplane become the Jefferson Starship. After all these years, the song went back into the Top 20 in the UK. Lambert: We licensed the song to ITT for almost a million dollars. It's iconic, like Mickey's ears. At the time, Page was a member of the UK synthpop group Q-Feel. It exemplifies the problem it’s protesting.”. Accidental Racist (2013), Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1985 Vinyl release of We Built This City on Discogs. They wanted Starship to make hits, and they weren’t sorry to see Paul Kantner go. Only one song can be THE worst of all time—but just because “Rock Me Amadeus” didn't win doesn't mean we shouldn't trash it. Wolf: Do I have a sense of why people mock the song? Chaquico: It's a very '80s track. Imagine Bob Marley singing “We Built This City.”. He was the last remaining original member of the Jefferson Airplane; in a settlement; the other members of the group agreed not to use the words “Jefferson” or “Airplane.” So they shortened the band’s name and just became Starship. Or $5.94 to buy MP3. I joined the band in ’74, and He’d gotten sick of their more commercial direction, and he quit in 1984. Oh, hell no. Their 1975 album Red Octopus went double platinum, and its single “Miracles” peaked at #3. It was very moving for me. Grace Slick rejoined the Jefferson Starship in 1981, but Paul Kantner didn’t last much longer in the band. Anyway, I like ’80s techno-pop. It was a very celebratory time; a bunch of guys who were knocking on middle age suddenly had a No. "We Built This City" is a 1985 song written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert and Peter Wolf, and originally recorded by US rock group Starship and released as their debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. John Kasich played it at campaign events. For a while, the Jefferson Starship were surprisingly successful. Starship - We Built This City (Official Music Video) - YouTube It exemplifies the problem it's protesting. Listening to “We Built This City,” it’s pretty clear that nobody involved in the production has any idea what “We Built This City” is about. Knee Deep in the Hoopla Grunt 1985. Listen to both songs on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. Thomas: People seem to have convinced her that it's a blot on her legacy. (Opening with the chorus is a total Max Martin move.) From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. I joined the band in '74, and gradually the music had become vacuous, sterilized, escapist. Maybe Bernie meant to say “mambo.” Maybe it means: If you don’t like this music, some really angry snakes are gonna come out of the speakers… At one point, I did start to sing “mambo,” to try and be more grammatically correct, and after a while I thought, “Fuck it,” and went back to “mamba.”, But “We Built This City” is also, at least on some level, a song about ’80s greed and societal collapse. Working with Starship, they turned “We Built This City” into a big, blaring synth-rock song with an ultra-bouncy beat and a sickly, unpleasant sort of catchiness. Starship - We Built This City (Official Music Video) “We Built This City” was written and recorded in stages, by an assembly line of songwriters. Weird Al did. Martin Page (co-writer): Bernie was moving away from working with Elton John. Paul [Jefferson Airplane's co-founder] was an old hippie who was not relevant anymore. As tone-deaf in form (rap + country = ugh) as it was in content: The laughable lyrics, shockingly, did not solve racism. I had a family. It’s probably not fair to look at “We Built This City” through that lens. Here’s Wolf, in that GQ article: “Paul was an old hippie who was not relevant anymore. hell fuckin yeah! Even amidst peers like the Grateful Dead, Big Brother And The Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Jefferson Airplane stood out. I was happy Paul left. Among the people who now say they hate it are two band members and the guy who wrote the lyrics. But listen to the radio now. © 2020 Condé Nast. Page: Hmm. I called Bernie and said, “My artistic muse won't let me finish the song.” Regrets? Garland: That year, they played the MTV New Year's Eve party for us. BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s the bit from the 2011 movie The Muppets where the Muppets sing “We Built This City”: (Kermit The Frog’s highest-charting single, 1979’s “Rainbow Connection,” peaked at #25.). Chaquico: I do the song with my band—sometimes as a full-on power trio, like if Cream or Jimi Hendrix were to do it, but we also do a reggae version of it, when we're in the mood. Marconi created the radio. The most important stories and least important memes, every Friday. That demo ended up in the hands of Peter Wolf (not the one from the J. Geils Band) and Dennis Lambert, two producers who were working with the band Starship. Thomas: Bernie didn't say “mambo,” he said “mamba,” which is a snake. by Starship. We built this city We built this city on rock an' roll Built this city We built this city on rock an' roll. Lambert: She's talking out both sides of her mouth, that's all I can say. There are way, way too many terrible songs in the world for anyone to seriously argue that “We Built This City” is the worst one ever created. It sounds like pop by committee, which is what it is. There’s police brutality: “It’s just another Sunday in a tired old street/ Police have got the chokehold, oh, and we just lost the beat.” There’s corporate consolidation: “Someone always playing corporation games/ Who cares? Everyone was drinking $100 snifters of brandy. It's Not Enough Starship It's Not Over ('Til It's Over) Starship Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship You May Also Like. Cam’ron’s highest-charting single, the 2002 Juelz collab “Hey Ma,” peaked at #3. It complains about techno pop, but it's a techno-pop song. But over the years, as '80s music began to sound dated and ludicrous—and no song sounds more '80s than “We Built This City”—it developed a hideous reputation: the worst song of all time. Wolf: It sounded like nothing else on the radio and had a very in-your-face, hard-edged machine bottom. I wanted to impress Bernie: I did a demo of the song on a Fostex deck in my living room. I felt it didn't do the song justice. 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