I was defenseless in the face of “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat” back in 1981. It was grade 11 and it didn’t get any better for all-night dancing tune-age. I connected with the sheer joy of it all. Only later would I understand how important it was to have all female band, writing and playing their songs, zooming up the charts. But at the time the fact was that the Go Go’s were as good as poprock could get, regardless of gender. After Beauty and the Beat, “Vacation,” “Head Over Heels” and “Turn To You” would later send me back to the record store, again and again. But then, poof, they were gone.
Well now the Go Go’s are back in more ways than one. Fans can check out the career-spanning documentary The Go Go’s that tracks their career from LA punks, to touring the UK with The Specials and Madness, to their breakthrough and dissolution in the US from 1981 to 1985. For those of us who lived through it, the doc is an emotional journey that tracks the highs and lows that faced women in the business that was rock and roll at that time.
But that’s not all. They’ve got a brand new single and “Club Zero” is proof the band has lost none of the magic that made them such big stars in the early 1980s. Check it out and see if you don’t agree that the Go Go’s sound is timeless.