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The Go-Go's

The Go-Go's were the most popular all-female band to emerge from the punk/new wave explosion of the late '70s and early '80s, becoming one of the first commercially successful female groups that wasn't controlled by male producers or managers. While their hit singles -- "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels" -- were bright, energetic new wave pop, the group was an integral part of the Californian punk scene. And they did play punk rock, even if many of their rougher edges were ironed out by the time they recorded their first album, 1981's Beauty and the Beat. Even as they became America's darlings, the Go-Go's lived the wild life of rockers, swallowing as many pills and taking as much cocaine as possible, trashing hotel rooms, and just generally being bad. More importantly, their earliest music -- now collected on Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's -- was raw and rocking; it may not have directly inspired the female alternative rockers and riot grrrls of the '90s, but it certainly foreshadowed it.

Originally formed in 1978 as the Misfits, the group featured Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals), Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards), Margot Olaverra (bass), and Elissa Bello (drums). The band soon changed its name to the Go-Go's and began playing local parties and small clubs in California. In 1979, Gina Schock became the group's drummer. During that year, the band recorded a demo and supported the British ska revival group Madness in both Los Angeles and England. The Go-Go's spent half of 1980 touring England, earning a sizable following and releasing "We Got the Beat" on Stiff Records. An import copy of "We Got the Beat" became an underground club hit in the U.S., which meant the band was popular enough to sell out concerts, yet they had a difficult time landing a record contract.

At the end of 1980, bassist Olaverra became ill and had to stop performing; she was replaced by Kathy Valentine, a guitarist who had never played bass before. Early in 1981, the Go-Go's signed with IRS Records. Released in the summer of 1981, their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, became one of the surprise hits of the year, staying at number one for six weeks and selling over two million copies; "Our Lips Are Sealed" hit number 20 and a re-recorded version of "We Got the Beat" spent three weeks at number two.

The following year, the group released Vacation. Although it sold well -- the album made the Top Ten and it went gold, spawning the Top Ten hit single "Vacation" -- it failed to keep the momentum of the first record. During the next year the band was unable to perform as Caffey recovered from a broken wrist. In 1984, the Go-Go's returned with Talk Show, their most musically ambitious album. While it had two Top 40 hits -- the number 11 "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- it failed to even go gold. By the end of the year, Wiedlin had left the band, and the Go-Go's broke up in May of 1985.

Belinda Carlisle became the most successful solo artist to emerge from the group, scoring a string of mainstream pop singles in the late '80s, including the number one single "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." For a while, Charlotte Caffey was in Carlisle's backing group; she eventually formed the Graces, who released Perfect View in 1990. Jane Wiedlin recorded two solo albums and acted in a few films. Wiedlin also organized the group's brief 1990 reunion, where they performed at a benefit for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; they also recorded a version of "Cool Jerk" for their 1990 Greatest Hits album. The Go-Go's reunited once more in 1994, recording three new songs for the double-disc compilation Return of the Valley of the Go-Go's.

After recording new material, the group decided to continue as a full-time unit. In 2000, they appeared on VH1's Behind the Music series and released an accompanying best-of album, VH1 Behind the Music: Go-Go's Collection. God Bless the Go-Go's, the band's first studio album comprised entirely of new material, followed in 2001. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: God Bless The Go-Go's

1. La La Land

2. Unforgiven

3. Apology

4. Stuck In My Car

5. Vision Of Nowness

6. Here You Are

7. Automatic Rainy Day

8. Kissing Asphalt

9. Insincere

10. Superslide

11. Throw Me A Curve

12. Talking Myself Down

13. Daisy Chain

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Track List: Talk Show

1. Head Over Heels

2. Turn To You

3. You Thought

4. Beneath The Blue Sky

5. Forget That Day

6. I'm The Only One

7. Yes Or No

8. Capture The Light

9. I'm With You

10. Mercenary

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Track List: Beauty And The Beat

1. Our Lips Are Sealed

2. How Much More

3. Tonite

4. Lust To Love

5. This Town

6. We Got The Beat

7. Fading Fast

8. Automatic

9. You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)

10. Skidmarks On My Heart

11. Can't Stop The World

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My job plays a live version of this song.
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We got the beat
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I still got the best...;-)
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I love this song it reminds me when I was a young girl ❤️
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Went to concert with my mom when younger
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Originally formed in 1978 as the Misfits.

Not to be confused with Danzig's Misfits, though. I mean the Misfits someone may have actually heard of before.

Still, Go-Gos, seminal '80s stuff. Reminds me of my middle school French teacher.
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No question they got the beat in every song yet I never tire of it.
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Saw them in the 90's, Belinda was so Coked out you could actually see the partial outline of a Coke ring on the inter corner of her noise. (Yeah, we had good seats.) Even being high as a kit, she sounded awesome.
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:) !!!!!!
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Saw them live in fall 1981
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Now Playing: Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Go's on '80s FlashBACK! Radio (Hits1 Radio Network)
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This song is always going to be the fasttimes at ridgemont high song totally
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Let's go Bucs!
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And We got the beat good song
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Best female rock band the Go Go's my favorite songs vacation are lips are sealed
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80's had the best diversity of music....80' s music will live on forever!
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Missed the 80s.
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Our lips are sealed that song rocked
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1980.Not a bad song on the record.Janes backing vocals are sweet!
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Favorite Go Go's song. Song has a lot of energy.
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The go-go's are the best
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AWESOME BAND
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Doesn't matter what they say in the jealous games people say.
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How come Pandora can list Vacation as a hot of their's but not offer it as a choice to like?????
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Ima ina 80s' a wet dream YA! I miss being a teenager... SUMMER OF 86'... TOURIST CHICKS ROCK!!!
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GO GO.......... . G o Gos
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There best song by far Our Lips Are Sealed
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We Got the Beat Go -Go's rock
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They still totally rock , saw them in DC last year.....and at arenas when I was younger...no w that they are all sober mothers it was an early night!
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Otherwise, why would Fun Boy Three also release a cover of Lips?!?!
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I thought they supported The Specials, not Madness; as Terry Hall co-wrote Lips w/ Jane about their time together???
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Reminds me of the party days at the University of Tennessee back in the day.
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VACATION!
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Belinda Carlisle was so Sexy!
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I will love the go gos music forever and ever and they are the greatest punk rock girl group ever because they rock out loud!!! Rock on gogo's!!!!
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Love the Go-Go's
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