"To me, 'We Built This City' is live music's been pulled away from the streets of LA. We want to get back to rock and roll and play it live. When I wrote it, it still had that feeling to me like something's wrong here. The corporations had taken away great live music. We're being stamped on, the rock was being stamped on.'' - Martin Page
"It was a very dark song about how club life in LA was being killed off and live acts had no place to go. It was a very specific thing. If you heard the original demo, you wouldn't even recognize the song." - Bernie Taupin (songwriter)
''The song says we built this city on live music, let's bring it back, but the music is computerized. It complains about techno pop, but it's a techno-pop song. It exemplifies the problem it's protesting.'' - Craig Chaquico
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