Music: The Go-Go's

Left to right: Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin

The Go-Go's are an all-female American pop band formed in 1978. They made rock history as the first all-woman band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts.

The Go-Go's rose to fame in the early 1980s. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is considered one of the "cornerstone albums of new wave" (Allmusic), breaking barriers and paving the way for a host of other new American acts. In the beginning, they played primarily a pop-inflected form of the emerging punk sound, and later defined themselves with the distinct sound of 1980s rock. The Go-Go's had five U.S. Top 40 hits. Musical influences include The Ramones, The Shangri-Las, the Buzzcocks, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Blondie. During their career, the Go-Go's have sold more than seven million albums.

The band included Belinda Carlisle (who later had a successful solo career), Jane Wiedlin, Kathy Valentine, Charlotte Caffey, and Gina Schock. Although the lead vocalist, Belinda Carlisle, is the most well-known of the band, both with the band and in her aforementioned solo projects, other members of the band have contributed to other projects as well. Jane Wiedlin, the rhythm guitarist, was the writer and co-writer of several of the Go-Go's songs. Away from the group, she had several solo albums, including the top 10 hit, Rush Hour, and an acting career with roles in Star Trek IV, Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure (as "Miss 'of Arc'"), and Clue, as well as voicing the character Gwen on Mission Hill.

Not to be confused with a British pop band also known as the Go-Go's, who in 1964 released the Christmas novelty single "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek." Nowadays, they're completely forgotten except in a few corners of the Doctor Who fandom. Never heard of them? Exactly.

Albums:

  • Beauty and the Beat (1981)
  • Vacation (1982)
  • Talk Show (1984)
  • Greatest (1990)
  • Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's (1994)
  • VH1 Behind the Music: Go-Go's Collection (2000)
  • God Bless The Go-Go's (2001)

"We got the tropes, we got the tropes, we got the tropes!":

  • Alliterative Name: Aside from the band itself, there is Charlotte Cafffey
  • Bathtub Scene: The cover art for Beauty and the Beat depicts them at a spa, wearing mud masks, towels and one of them is in a bathtub.
  • The Chick: Averted, since all the members are women.
  • Cover Version: The Capitols' "Cool Jerk," on Vacation
  • Creator Provincialism: "This Town":
    "This town is our town
    This town is so glamorous
    Bet you'd live here if you could
    And be one of us."
  • Crosscast Role: In the prom-set "Turn to You" video, the whole band except for Gina is male while onstage. Offstage she's the only one dressed as a boy.
  • The Eighties
  • Ladykiller in Love: Gender-inverted in "Lust to Love".
  • Long Title: "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)"
  • Panty Shot: A quick one in the video for "Our Lips Are Sealed" and all five members on the cover of Rolling Stone issue #375.
  • Silly Love Songs
    • Breakup Song: "Fading Fast" is a pretty nasty one, with Belinda throwing the guy out and singing about how she is actively putting him out of her memory.