[Review] Starship: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1987)

nothing's gonna stop us now 45 rpm singleStarlog: 10.5: MUSIC FOR DUMMIES. This song first appeared in the film Mannequin. No irony there. Of course it’s product, written by professional songwriters Diane Warren and Albert Hammond. It also became the band’s most successful song, topping the charts in the US and the UK, so somebody at RCA obviously knows their product. The B side features a live version of “Layin’ It On The Line” recorded at Louisiana State University. Honestly, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” is at least as annoying as “We Built This City,” although if I was going to build a Worst 10 Songs of the 80s list it would have to include “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Wild Thing” by Sam Kinison, “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds, all of which have the distinction of being associated with horrible, horrible visual images.

Original 7-inch Single Version
A1. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Diane Warren/Albert Hammond) 4:29
B1. Layin’ It On The Line (live) (Craig Chaquico/Mickey Thomas) 4:15

12-inch Single Version
1. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
2. Layin’ It On The Line (live)
3. We Built This City (Special Club Mix)
4. Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight

The Players
The song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” was produced by former Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer Narada Michael Walden.

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch and 12-inch in January 1987 in the US and Canada (Grunt, 5109-7-G), UK and Germany (FB-49757/FT-49758), Australia (RCA, 104647) and Japan (RCA, RPS-237); reached #1 on the US charts (charted January 31, 1987 for 22 weeks; RIAA certified gold record on February 24, 1989) and #1 on the UK charts. Regional releases feature a picture sleeve.

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