Starz is a rock band that formed in the mid-1970s. Since then, it has been active on and off, as shown by how it missed most of the 1980s and 1990s. Starz has never seen the same commercial heights as AC/DC, Aerosmith, or Led Zeppelin. Even so, it has managed to carve out a fanbase for itself. Something that few bands can claim in truth. Indeed, Starz’s fanbase includes members of several well-known acts of the 1980s.
One example would be Bon Jovi, while another would be Motley Crue. As such, Starz has been more influential than interested individuals might have expected, meaning its music is worth exploring.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Starz songs ever released:
10. “Subway Terror”
“Subway Terror” is one of the creepier songs in Starz’s body of work. Its narrator is a predator looking for victims in a subway system. There is mention of thefts, murders, and sexual assaults. Besides this, interested individuals should know the third rail mentioned in the lyrics is dangerous because it has electricity running through it, meaning it can electrocute those who come into contact with it. Starz made “Subway Terror” because of several incidents on New York City’s subway system in the 1970s.
9. “Hold On to the Night”
“Hold On to the Night” came from Attention Shoppers! in 1978. Specifically, it was the song that opened the record. As such, “Hold On to the Night” had a challenging role that it played well. Interested individuals should have no problem understanding why the song connected with listeners. It is all about withstanding adversity with a lover’s support.
8. “(Any Way That You Want It) I’ll Be There”
Of course, relationships are two-way. We receive support from our loved ones. Simultaneously, we should offer support to the same. This song is quite the contrast from “Hold On to the Night.” The critical difference is that the narrator doesn’t seem to be in a romantic relationship with the focus character but offers his support anyway.
7. “Coliseum Rock”
“Coliseum Rock” is the title track of the studio album of the same name from 1978. It was never chosen to represent the release in a significant way. That makes sense when one realizes it is an instrumental rather than something more typical. Still, “Coliseum Rock” offers interested individuals a superb sample of the band’s catchy and energetic guitar playing that would inspire many listeners.
6. “Pull the Plug”
Most of Starz’s work consists of stereotypical rock and roll fare. There is nothing wrong with that. Even so, the band has been known to diverge from this. “Pull the Plug” from Starz’s self-titled debut album is an excellent example. Given the name, interested individuals might be tempted to guess it is a breakup song. The funny thing is that it both is and isn’t. After all, “Pull the Plug” is about a man taking his significant other off life support despite knowing he could face serious criminal charges because he doesn’t want to see her suffering anymore. It caused quite a bit of controversy at the time. Something that Starz used to bolster their image by naming their follow-up album Violation.
5. “Detroit Girls”
Detroit has an unenviable reputation. However, this wasn’t always the case. “Detroit Girls” is a straightforward celebration of the people named in the title. It can seem strange with hindsight. Despite this, it is one of Starz’s more enjoyable songs.
4. “So Young, So Bad”
“So Young, So Bad” was another song from Coliseum Rock. It is notable for being the album’s opening track. On top of that, “So Young, So Bad” was the only song from Coliseum Rock to receive significant attention. It made it onto the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at the number 81 position.
3. “Sing It, Shout It”
Meanwhile, “Sing It, Shout It” was released earlier in Starz’s career. The song was the second track on Violation. Fittingly, it has something of the boisterous spirit one would expect based on the album’s provocative name. That is because the song encourages people to make their love known. “Sing It, Shout It” did well enough to wind up at the number 66 position in the United States.
2. “She’s Just a (Fallen Angel)”
This song was the last track on side one of the band’s self-titled debut album. The lyrics describe someone who has been “sullied” in the eyes of the world, thus matching the expectations set by the name. However, the song itself is sympathetic to its focus character. It notes that she hasn’t done anything worth condemning. Simultaneously, it stirs sympathy by pointing out her loneliness because she has no one in her corner even though she is being belabored from many sides. The song goes as far as to say that everyone is a “fallen angel” like her, presumably because it wants listeners to empathize by saying we aren’t so different from the focus character.
1. “Cherry Baby”
“Cherry Baby” sees a man singing about his lover while he serves his prison sentence. Unsurprisingly, there is much longing mixed with sadness and vulnerability, thus making it one of the most soulful Starz songs ever made. Regardless, “Cherry Baby” is the closest the band has ever come to superstardom. It climbed to the number 33 position in the United States, meaning it was widely known while failing to make it into the ranks of the most popular songs ever released. Still, everything is relative. “Cherry Baby” is rightfully considered one of Starz’s best songs. Moreover, it is a signature single that has held up surprisingly well.
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