Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Flashback - The Go-Go's Call It A Day................

I had originally planned on showcasing a different band today but on Wednesday the news was out that the Go-Go's were going to break up for good this time and are planning a farewell tour called "Happily Ever After - The Farewell Tour." This is sad news for me as I have always liked their music for a long time but at least I was able to see them in 2000 in Cincinnati along with The Psychedelic Furs and The B-52s. The band formed in 1978 as a punk band who couldn't really play very well before morphing into a new wave/power pop sound once their lineup had settled. The rest is history. Hey, they used to know X so that's saying something.
Let's look back at a few of their songs.

We Got The Beat (Live) (from the album Beauty and the Beat in 1981) A top 40 song and a video that was in constant rotation on MTV.

Our Lips Are Sealed (from the album Beauty and the Beat in 1981) This song reached top 20 status in the U.S. and helped the album reach #2.

The Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed
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Vacation (From the album Vacation in 1982) The album may have been rushed and a mixed result came from it but this song was top 10.

Head Over Heals (From the album Talk Show in 1984) A top 40 hit as was Turn To You but the band was becoming more pop and less power plus there were creative differences, personality conflicts and even drug problems which caused them to break up in 1985 after Jane Weidlin had left the group in October 1984.

Classic lineup:
Belinda Carlisle - vocals
Charlotte Caffey - guitar, keyboards
Jane Weidlin - guitar
Kathy Valentine - bass
Gina Schock - drums

Turn To You (From the album Talk Show in 1984)

Speeding (From the album Vacation in 1982) This was a b side off of Vacation but was featured in the movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Unforgiven (From the album God Bless The Go-Go's in 2001) The only official video from this album.

The farewell tour features a scant 14 shows which is a bit underwhelming. I would have thought that they would do a longer tour since it's their last. Who know, maybe they'll get over whatever problems they are having in a few years and get back together yet again. They're coming as close to Dallas to me but it's doubtful I'll be able to make that trip. At least I can say that I have seen them.

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