FB-14170 We Built This City
Produced by Peter Wolf & Jeremy Smith
Released on August 1985
US CHART POSITION #1 (charted Sept. 7, 1985 for 24 weeks) . . . GOLD RECORD (2/24/89) . . . UK CHART POSITION #12
Find it at GEMM
FB-14170 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

T hey were knee deep in something alright. Here was a song that purported to be an anthem against faceless corporate product, yet embodied the castrated pop that was clogging the airwaves. Ah, the irony of it... ah, whatever. Today, it doesn’t rankle me so. They say you get mellower with age, or more malomar-y, or something. The flip side is a funky instrumental with found voices (radio speakers, the lady who tames the time) that reminds me of The Tubes. This single marked a couple of firsts: (1) the first time Jefferson Starship appeared as the abbreviated Starship and (2) the first #1 single for the band in any incarnation. There’s more constructive commentary to be found at Songfacts.

TRACK LISTING

  1. WE BUILT THIS CITY    (Bernie Taupin/Martin Page/Dennis Lambert/Peter Wolf)    4:49
  2. PRIVATE ROOM    (Craig Chaquico/Mickey Thomas)    4:54

    12-inch single track listing
  3. WE BUILT THIS CITY (SPECIAL CLUB MIX)
  4. WE BUILT THIS CITY
  5. PRIVATE ROOM

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 1985 Grunt 7" FB-14170 picture sleeve
US 1985 Grunt 12 FW-14226  
US 1985 Grunt 12PRO JR-14226 feat. A special club mix on both sides
UK 1985 RCA 7" FB-49929  
UK 1985 RCA 12 FT-49930  

 

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