Thursday Inspiration #182 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word heart, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, or by going with another song by Starship, or anything else that you think fits.  Starship recorded this song on their 1987 No Protection album and this song charted #1 in both the UK and the US.  Jefferson Airplane started out in in mid-65 while the British Invasion was happening.  They were led by singer, songwriter, and musician Marty Balin, rhythm guitarist, and vocalist Paul Kantner, vocalist Signe Toly Anderson, lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Bob Harvey, and drummer Jerry Peloquin, but Peloquin would soon be replaced by Skip Spence, and Jack Casady took over for Harvey.  Skip Spence was then replaced by Joey Covington and Grace Slick took over for Signe Anderson.  Violinist Papa John Creach joined the band and Balin elected to leave the group.  After 1972, Jefferson Airplane effectively split into two groups.  Kaukonen and Casady moved on full-time to their own band, Hot Tuna.  Slick, Kantner, and the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane recruited new members and regrouped as Jefferson Starship in 1974, with Marty Balin eventually joining them.  The Airplane’s lineup was frequently in a state of flux, and it was with the same with Starship, substance abuse, personal conflicts, and constant disagreements over the musical direction contributed to lineup changes.

In 1984, Kantner left Jefferson Starship feeling the group had become too commercial, they ditched the ‘Jefferson’ and named the group ‘Starship’ to avoid legal disputes with Kantner.  No Protection was the second studio album by Starship and the group consisted of Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick singing lead vocals with Craig Chaquico on guitar and Donny Baldwin playing electronic drums.  ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ was written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond and recorded with Thomas, Slick and Chaquico and some veteran session players for the additional personnel.  Hammond drew inspiration for writing this song after he lived with his Argentinian model girlfriend Claudia Fernández for seven years waiting to get divorced from his first wife.  He felt like he was being stopped from marrying this woman for seven years, and now nothing was going to prevent him from doing it.

Baby, we can make it
If we’re heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now

12 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #182 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

      1. I remember liking “It’s Not You, It’s Not Me.” Jim you might know this…was Mickey Thomas and Balin ever in Starship at the same time?

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      2. I just looked around…. in 1995 they reunited without Thomas but with Balin…. but….that year he played a concert with them…under different circumstances:
        June 27 Jefferson Starship, now comprising Kantner, Balin, Casady, Gorman, Prince, Aguilar and Gould, releases a new album, “Deep Space / Virgin Sky” on the Intersound label.
        August 12 Mickey Thomas and Starship perform in front of a totally nude crowd at the 160-acre Turtle Lake Resort, Union City, MI nudist park for the American Association for Nude Recreation.

        I wonder if it’s video to that one?

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