Mickey Thomas joined joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. Mickeys voice had become legendary after recording Fooled Around and Fell in Love with the Elvin Bishop Band and he was planning to pursue a solo career. Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision as they recorded their first hit, Jane, almost immediately after getting together.
In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits We Built this City and Sara the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum.