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Friday, 13 February 2015

Alphabet Beats #044: G is for...The Go-Go's

G is for...

The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is considered one of the "cornerstone albums of (US) new wave" (Allmusic), breaking barriers and paving the way for a host of other new American acts. When the album was released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 chart, ultimately reaching No. 1, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The album sold in excess of 3 million copies and reached triple platinum status, making it one of the most successful debut albums ever. The Go-Go's have sold more than 7 million albums.

The Albums
*Link contains a song from the album as no link for full album is available
  Beauty and the Beat (1981)
    Vacation (1982)*
    Talk Show (1984)*

The original debut single
Stiff Records 1980

Although they began life as a Punk Rock band in 1978 they quickly developed into a pure pop band. They got their first recording break in the UK with Stiff Records (they had toured with Madness) releasing 'We Got The Beat' that would, almost a year later, be a major US Smash Hit after they had signed to I.R.S. It spent three weeks at #2 behind Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll'.

The Singles (Promos and TV Spots)


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