"It's Not Enough" - Starship
from the album Love Among The Cannibals (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9
Today's song of the day comes from the pop/rock band Starship, who had morphed from the remains of the 60s rock great Jefferson Airplane eventually into an ersatz soft-rock outfit that only had Grace Slick remaining from their classic incarnation, but still managed to hit #1 with the hit song from the movie Mannequin, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", along with a top-10 follow-up in "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)". However, by the closing of the 80's, Slick had departed to join a reunion of Jefferson Airplane, leaving lead singer Mickey Thomas with only guitarist Craig Chaquico and drummer Donny Baldwin from even the original version of the "non-Jefferson" Starship. With new bassist Brett Bloomfield and keyboard guy Mark Morgan, the band recorded their third studio album under the moniker, Love Among The Cannibals. That set included a song they contributed to the Cocktail soundtrack, "Wild Again", which went to #73 the previous year. The second single, "It's Not Enough", written by future top-40 artist Martin Page along with Tommy Funderburk, the track allowed Mickey to show off his vocal range, though even more trouble was brewing, as Baldwin ended up messing the shit out of Thomas in a fight onstage right before this single peaked, and was booted as well...
"It's Not Enough" became the band's last top-40 pop hit in October of 1989. The single also climbed to #10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. It also went to #19 in Canada.
A third track from the Cannibals album, "I Didn't Mean To Stay All Night", produced by Mutt Lange and a Def Leppard clone, was a minor pop hit at #75. However, with the slowed momentum (and stalled tour from Thomas' injuries from that fight), the group disbanded, and with a Greatest Hits album slipping "Good Heart" on to the Hot 100 at #81, their chart days were over. Mickey reassembled a new band under the Starship name, and continues to tour, and released a studio album in 2013.
Meanwhile, Slick's return to Jefferson Airplane manage to be moderately successful, going to #15 on the Adult Contemporary list with "Summer Of Love" and #24 on the rock radio chart with "Planes".
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...and here's the band performing live on TV to promote the single...
Up tomorrow: Goth group gets gushy.