"Detroit Girls" is the first song on Starz' self-titled debut album. The group had formidable talent, including a rhythm section that was formerly in The Looking Glass of "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
" fame. Their manager was Bill Aucoin, who also managed Kiss, and their producer was Jack Douglas, who was on a hot streak with the Aerosmith albums Get Your Wings
and Toys In The Attic
. Their second album, Violation
, was released in 1977 and included their biggest hit, "Cherry Baby
," which went to #33 in the US. They charted four more songs but never reached the level of the bands they opened for: Blue Öyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foghat.
According to Richie Ranno, their record label, Capitol, hung them out to dry with poor promotion and little support. It got very contentious between the band and the label, and Starz got the worst of it. Capitol pulled funding so they had to record their third album on the cheap without a producer. It flopped and killed their momentum. They released one more album on Capitol before breaking up.
Years later, Starz earned a certain nostalgia as a great band that never got their due. Members of Bon Jovi, Cinderella, and Mötley Crüe named them as an influence, and when their music was made available for streaming, many old fans rediscovered them.