Radio X, side B, track 7: “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

Oh, Starship, this song!  Oh, Starship, this movie!  Where to begin, Starship?

If there was one movie that shaped my childhood more than any other, it was “Mannequin“.  I loved it then, and I love it now, and I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it, but it’s more than I can count.

What is it that I love about it, you ask?  Well, let me tell you:

–It introduced me to Kim Cattrall, who I would love from the first moment I saw her dressed as an Egyptian princess who would eventually become a time-traveling mannequin and at one point would flash the camera wearing nothing but a fur coat and a bikini (that image kept me warm on many a cold Minnesota night).  If you’d told me that later on in life I would be able to see her naked multiple times on “Sex and the City” I would very much have looked forward to the future.

–It introduced me to Andrew McCarthy, but more importantly, it introduced me to the wonderful lunacy that is James Spader.

–It made me realize that Estelle Getty was actually much younger than Sophia from “The Golden Girls”

–It introduced me to homosexuality as being a normal, everyday part of life.  I doubt very much that the gay community would look at Meshach Taylor’s portrayal of Hollywood, the gay window dresser, as being a great gay role model, but as a kid, when I realized that Hollywood had a crush on Andrew McCarthy, it made complete sense and I never thought there was anything wrong with it and in fact loved Hollywood very much and wished he was my friend.

–It introduced me to Starship and this amazing song that to this day fills me with a deep feeling of love and happiness.

And let’s not forget the quotes, Starship!  To this day, I quote “Mannequin” on a fairly frequent basis.

If I want to make a dramatic exit?  “I’m a dream that once was.”

If I find that someone has done or said something kinda gross?  “Ew, Switcher, you are one sick puppy. . .”

If I’m sick of someone’s canine?  “Screw your dog!”

And the one quote that has defined my life and has best been summed up by the movie “Mannequin”?  “Reality is very disappointing.”

I understand that many don’t find my love of “Mannequin” as normal or in good taste, Starship, but here’s one more quote that I think of when I’m faced with such criticism, direct from your song:  “Let ’em say we’re crazy.   What do they know?”  You tell ’em, Starship!

“Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

Lookin’ in your eyes I
See a paradise
This world that I found
Is too good to be true

Standin’ here beside you
Want so much to give you this love in my heart
That I’m feelin’ for you

Let ’em say we’re crazy
I don’t care ’bout that
Put yer hand in my hand, baby, don’t ever look back

Let the world around us
Just fall apart
Baby, we can make it if we’re heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standin’ strong forever
Nothin’s gonna stop us now

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothin’s gonna stop us
Nothin’s gonna stop us
Now, oh, nooo

I’m so glad I found you
I’m not gonna lose you
Whatever it takes
I will stay here with you

Take it to the good times
See it through the bad times
Whatever it takes
Is what I’m gonna do

Let ’em say we’re crazy
What do they know
Put yer arms around me, baby, don’t ever let go

Let the world around us
Just fall apart
Baby, we can make it if we’re heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standin’ strong forever
Nothin’s gonna stop us now

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothin’s gonna stop us
Nothin’s gonna stop us

Ooo, all that I need is you
All that I ever need
And all that I want to do
Is hold you forever
Ever and ever

Hey!

<awesome Starship jam>

And we can build this dream together
Standin’ strong forever
Nothin’s gonna stop us now

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothin’s gonna stop us
(Nothin’s gonna stop us, whoooaa!)
And we can build this dream together
Standin’ strong forever
Nothin’s gonna stop us now
(Nothin’s gonna stop us now)
And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothin’s gonna stop us
(Oh no!)
And we can build this dream together
(Hey, baby!)
Standin’ strong forever
(I’m yours)
Nothin’s gonna stop us now
(Hey, baby!  Nothin’s gonna stop us!)
World runs out of lovers
(Hey, baby, woo hoo!)
We’ll still have each other
(Nothin’, baby!)
Nothing’s gonna stop us
(Nothin’s gonna stop us!)

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4 thoughts on “Radio X, side B, track 7: “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

  1. mskatykins says:

    “Momma put the coins on my eyes because I sure do not believe what I am seeing!” and “Those jelly doughnuts keep calling out to me – HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD!”

    Ha, I can totally relate to this. Of course, one of the great things for me other than literally all of the things you’ve mentioned, is that I also liked the ‘In My Wildest Dreams’ title track because Belinda Carlisle sang that. You know my feelings about her…! 🙂

    This is a great film. It’s fantastically cheesy and in such a great way. I love Andrew McCarthy, he’s so cute… 🙂 GREAT post and a great track! This could be a good first dance track for the wedding… hmm. 🙂

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    • Starstorm says:

      That’s right, I totally forgot to mention the Belinda Carlisle goodness. And you just became even more awesome with some super-choice Hollywood quotes!

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      • mskatykins says:

        Thanks for making me laugh out loud! I’ve really enjoyed remembering the fun of ‘Mannequin’. A long time ago I worked in a call centre and my really camp friend used to constantly shout “Jonathon!” at me between calls. Good times. 🙂

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  2. […] maybe I just really wanted to like this song because it was you, Starship, and you already sang a couple of the songs that I absolutely loved as a small lad (and still love as a large, overweight lad).  […]

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