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Cute and perky, the Go-Go's bounced on the scene with "We Got the Beat" as if they were leading a new wave pep rally. As Greatest Hits documents, their energy was at its peak with their debut album, especially on its other hit, "Our Lips Are Sealed." Later hits like "Vacation" and "Head Over Heels" could still get 'em out on the dance floor, but also characterized a bit of a mood swing for the band. Troubled by their quick rise to fame, the Go-Go's couldn't sustain the pace because of pressures outside and within their band's structure (the subject of "Head Over Heels"). Regardless, Greatest Hits can manage to evoke more than just nostalgia with "This Town," "Lust to Love," and "Cool Jerk." --Steve Gdula

1. Our Lips Are Sealed
2. Cool Jerk
3. We Got The Beat
4. Head Over Heels
5. Get Up And Go
6. Vacation
7. Beatnik Beach
8. You Thought
9. I'm The Only One
10. This Town
11. Lust To Love
12. Mercenary
13. How Much More
14. Turn To You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000001I0L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on November 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I look back at the Go-Go's career in the 1980s, there are two interesting things that come to mind. The first is that the Go-Gos 80s career really only spanned a three year period from 1981 through 1984 in which they produced three albums ("Beauty and the Beat", "Vacation", and "Talk Show"). The second is that the Go-Gos were really much more than a "novelty" act. The Go-Gos got the reputation for being a novelty act probably because they were an all-female group that really appealed to the hey-dey of MTV's video days. But when you start to listen to much of the music made by the Go-Gos, you will really discover that this was a creative group that made some very good music. The collection "Go-Gos Greatest" includes 14 tracks from the three albums made by the Go-Gos in the 1980s and help to really give you a good feel for the music made by the group.

The Go-Gos were a quintet of five women - Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, and Jane Wiedlin. Belinda is often the best known of the Go-Gos as she went on to have a very successful solo career in the late 80s. However, much of the creativity of the Go-Gos emulated from lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey. While all of the Go-Gos would contribute to songwriting at one point or another, Charlotte would emerge as the lead songwriter with Jane as the secondary one (she authored 11 of the 14 tracks included on this collection - Jane would contribute to 7 tracks). Caffey would also go on to do some songwriting for Belinda Carlisle after the split of the Go-Gos.

The Go-Gos career was smack in the middle of the synth-pop revolution.
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The Go-Go's formed in 1978 and emerged from their ska punk roots to become goddesses of pop punk when "We Got the Beat" became an underground hit in 1980. The pop scene greeted The Go-Go's with a certain amount of surprise, it seemed, because the all-female band could play instruments and wrote most of their own songs. The contrast between their punk sensibility and their perky, poppy demeanor made for a curious, memorable image that suited the glossy cynicism of the 1980s. "Go-Go's: Greatest" is a best-of album covering the band's chart-topping hey day in the 1980s. The 14 tracks represent the 3 albums The Go-Go's recorded before their breakup in 1985. The ladies' line-up on "Greatest" is: Charlotte Caffey, lead guitar and keyboards; Belinda Carlisle, lead vocals; Gina Schock, drums and percussion; Kathy Valentine, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and backup vocals; and Jane Wiedlin, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.

From 1981's "Beauty and the Beat", we have the #2 hit "We Got the Beat", the #20 hit "Our Lips Are Sealed", and "How Much More", "Lust to Love", and "This Town". From 1982's "Vacation", there is the #8 hit title track "Vacation", along with "Get Up and Go", "Cool Jerk", and "Beatnik Beach". 1984's "Talk Show" is represented by the #11 hit "Head Over Heels", #32 hit "Turn to You", and "You Thought", "I'm the Only One", and "Mercenary". "Head Over Heels" is undeniably sophisticated pop punk, in defiance of those tempted to write off The Go-Go's as a bubblegum band. The "Talk Show" album generally has a lyrical and musical sophistication beyond The Go-Go's 2 previous albums. It's pretty darn good music. Among the non-hits in this collection: "Lust to Love" is a solid rockin' love song that manages to create a sense of anticipation.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Sager on April 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Formed in the late 70s, the Go-Go's quickly became the poster women for the women in rock movement. Their popularity, launched with the release of their first album, Beauty and the Beat, quickly ended in the mid-80s with the departure of Wiedlin quickly follwed by Carlisle and Caffey.
As for solo efforts, Carlisle emerged as the heavy hitter, but largely remains popular in overseas and all but forgotten in her home land. Don't second guess other solo Go-Go projects. Caffey formed the Graces in 1989 with then unknown singer Meredith Brooks. Wiedlin has done her own work and fromed fRosted but as been recently concentrating on her acting career.
But this is all to say that the Go-Go's formed the foundation for all of these women's talents. Greatest showcases all of their hits from their three albums, Beauty and the Beat, Vacation and 1984's Talk Show.
Included in this package is a reworked version of their 1982 cover version of Cool Jerk. The new version showcases trends in music and should have been released as a dance club maxi single.
The Greatest album is just that...the greatest. Followed in 1994 with a box set, the Go-Go's never seem to fall out of the limelight. Check them out this summer as they relaunch their successful "reunion" tour across the land. Sources say a new album is in the works. What made the Go-Go's popular in the early/mid 80's could certainly work again!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ever since the '80s, I have always adored the Go Go's music. I loved both them and The Bangles. Both bands were the best representative of the girl groups of the '80s. Their music was fun and catchy to listen to. Their music was a good mix of pop and punk music. Very infectious.I really don't remember how I got into the Go Go's except maybe that I always enjoyed listening to their songs on the radio and taping it off the radio (now their's an outdated activity...making mix tapes from the radio). For some odd reason, I have never really cared for "We Got the Beat", the band's biggest hit however I have always loved "Our Lips Are Sealed" and always will. I think what stuck out for me about that particular song was the visual of the girls dancing in the water fountain. I'm not really wild about "This Town" either. I've heard much worse songs than that and "We Got the Beat".Personally I prefer VH1's collection of the Go Go's music over this greatest hits compilation. The mixing on that cd is a lot better. The sound on this original compilation is a bit muddled. Nevertheless "Greatest" is a good Go Go's compilation. It is the perfect cd to throw into the cd player over the summer time. I wish music now was as fun as it was back in the '80s. There was an unspoken magic that I heard in the Go Go's music that I just don't hear in a lot of music today. Listening to "Greatest" is a nice trip down memory lane to a decade of cheesiness and excess (and I mean that in a good way :)).
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