After psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane fizzled in the early 1970s, co-founder Paul Kantner spun his sci-fi-themed solo album (which featured a assembly of musicians titled Jefferson Starship) into a new band featuring a revolving door of Airplane members, including singer Grace Slick. The new project would become one of the most successful arena rock bands of the 1970s and early 1980s. Kanter left the group in 1984 and, following a lawsuit, the band shortened its name to Starship. That band’s 1985 album, “Knee Deep in the Hoopla,” embraced the 1980s glossy pop sounds, embodying the notion of “corporate rock” and standing in stark contrast to what Jefferson Airplane stood for. Starship achieved artistically disastrous, albeit commercially successful, results, yielding the No. 1 hits “Sara” and “We Built This City,” which Blender and VH1 later named the worst song in history. —Jeff Royer
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