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Vh1 Behind the Music: Go-Go's Collection Original recording remastered

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"America's sweethearts," Rolling Stone once dubbed the Go-Go's, and it was certainly as true as it could've been in any post-'50s milieu. The surf-tinged New Wavers sold more than 2 million copies of their 1981 debut, Beauty and the Beat, while carrying on backstage in the grand manner of rock stars with much "dirtier" images. Thus the Behind the Music episode that occasions this 17-cut overview. Highlights of the L.A. quintet's three albums fill the disc, though "Forget That Day," the Talk Show track that precipitated jill-of-all-trades Jane Wiedlin's departure from the group, is intriguingly absent. Whether double-edgedly celebrating romance and the ties of band life (the ringing "Our Lips Are Sealed"), wickedly satirizing post-teen female concerns ("Girl of 100 Lists"), or affectionately saluting their pop-culture forebears ("Beatnik Beach"), the Go-Go's were one of the era's most pounding and poignant pop outfits. This CD recalls them as they deserve to be remembered: lovingly. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. We Got The Beat
  2. Our Lips Are Sealed
  3. Lust To Love
  4. Skidmarks On My Heart
  5. This Town
  6. Can't Stop The World
  7. Fading Fast
  8. Vacation
  9. Beatnik Beach
  10. Get Up And Go
  11. Speeding
  12. Girls Of 100 Lists
  13. Head Over Heels
  14. Turn To You
  15. Yes Or No
  16. I'm The Only One
  17. Mercenary


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00004T9UN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Back in 1981 a little known all girl band began to hit it big. Hot off of their first single, We Got the Beat, The Go-Go's quickly saw their debut album Beauty and the Beat go double platinum. Two subsequent albums later, a 1990 greatest hits package and 1994's double disc anthology, the Go-Go's are back for 2000 with VH1's first Behind the Music CD collection.
Packed with hit after hit, this album concentrates on what worked for the Go-Go's and left what didn't work for the special. With 7 tracks from their first album, 5 tracks from their Vacation album and 5 tracks from perhaps their best overlooked effort, 1984's Talk Show album.
The choice cuts include We Got The Beat, Our Lips Our Sealed, Vacation, Beatnik Beach, Head Over Heels and Turn To You. But also included among these are songs that were great but never released as singles. Skidmarks on My Heart (one of the few Carlisle penned tracks--and her favorite), Fading Fast, Can't Stop This World, Girl of a 100 Lists, and I'm The Only One.
I think that perhaps the girls should have included some new songs here but perhaps a new album with new material will materialize before the end of the year. You may already have their greatest hits collections, but this one packs all the hits and then some...a must for any Go-Go fan!
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If you don't, then you just don't know what you're missing. This a killer collection of 17 songs. A very comprehensive collection of songs from the GO-GO's original 3 albums from 1981-84, all 24-bit remastered, so they sound even better than ever. Mega hits 'We Got The Beat', 'Our Lips Are Sealed', 'Vacation', and 'Head Over Heels' are here. I just love the arrangement on the bridge of 'Head Over Heels'. That cool bass line and piano solo just rock my world. Also the lesser known tracks are great, 'Skidmarks On My Heart', 'Beatnik Beach', 'Girl Of 100 Lists', 'Lust To Love', and 'Mercenary' are just some of them. If you're familiar at all with their music, you'll know that this is supercharged, fun, fun, fun! Gina Schock plays her signature fast, slammin' drum tracks. Charlotte Caffey with great lead guitars and keyboards. Jane Weidlin adds great rhythm guitars, Kathy Valentine with sensational bass play, and last(but certainly not least) the great Belinda Carlisle with her signature vocals. All of these women are also great in their songwriting ability. They wrote every single song and played every instrument on this album. (Try that N-stynk) This music is guaranteed to be the cure for the common pop song of today. These girls know how to rock, I finally got a chance to see them in concert last year, and of course they rocked! It was possibly the greatest concert I've ever been to. If you get the chance to see them, you must. If you don't have this one, don't wait. Pick it up, and ROCK ON!
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So far, we have as many greatest hits albums of the Go-Go's as...albums!
As a collection this has a number of hits that the 1990 anthology: Greatest missed: Yes or No, and Skidmarks On My Heart. That's good news.
However, this package is also a little idiosyncratic. For example: It's Everything But Party Time was heard in the VH1 special, live and studio, it was even mentioned by the group. So, where is it? The same applies to Cool Jerk, and also How Much More.
Why is Speeding on this? We had that on Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's.
So we have a greatest hits package that is molded after the VH1 special, that misses being molded after said special.
Suggestion: buy Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's. You get all these songs, great live tracks, early live tracks with the original line-up. In otherwords, the previous anthology did a better job of reflecting the VH1 special than this, and that wasn't its intent.
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The name Go-Go's sum up the starting of everything for me in life, Those gals were the very first musical group for me to hear and love and the first concert I went to with my friend in High School. The concert was such a great time in my life with everyone dancing on the lawn, screaming to see who was going to catch Ginas drum sticks, Though I must say my friend and I were very close at catching one. The songs on this cd has the hits from We Got The Beat, Our Lips Are Sealed, Lust to Love, Head Over Heels , Yes and No and a top favorite of mine Mercenary. All of my favorites from the band who started it all. If you do have any info of the group please let me know. Thank you.
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After hearing rumors of books, a movie, and (new) recordings, this latest musical offering is dissapointing. Nearly all the songs here can be found on several other "greatest hits" formats, including, and probably, the most complete collection offered, "Return to The Valley of The Go-Go's." Save your money, and find another "Greatest Hits" alternative, or spend a few more dollars and get a true collector's offering with a cool return trip to "The Valley".
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Funny how one of the things I got out of seeing Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" was a desire to pull out this best of set from the Go Go's. "Vacation" is used as a predominant backdrop for one of the more humorous scenes in the film, but the song itself is a simple pop confection from one of the best new wave bands of the eighties. In three albums, the Go Go's made super hooky pop tunes guaranteed to stick to the roof of your brain, starting with the impossible to ignore twin blast of "Our Lips are Sealed" and "We Got The Beat" from their number one debut album "Beauty And The Beat." The ladies became inescapable during the summer of 1981, their cutesy image all over TV and their album played everywhere. They became the super safe face of "new wave" and the first bona fide smash on IRS records.
But underneath that image of America's Sweethearts throbbed the triple rock and roll threat of excess, drugs, booze and ego. "Vacation" may have been a terrific follow-up album, but the Go Go's were beginning to split at the seams. And by the third (and arguably their best) album, "Talk Show," tensions drove Jane Wieldlen away and the band called it quits.
Darn shame that. Those three albums kept showing growth as a band (listen to "Mercenary," the best track off "Talk Show") and the semi-biographical "Head Over Heels" was as good a rocker as most of the new wave was churning out in 1984. The songs on all three albums were frequently deceptively simple songs that were radio safe but deliciously memorable.
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