Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for The Go-Go's

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I forgive The Go Go’s even though they aren’t supposed to have an apostrophe in their name. You don’t use an apostrophe for plurals. They were the first pop band I listened to. My friend and I mouthed the lyrics while we performed for one another when I was in fifth grade. They were fun and cute. They had the beat.

Last year, I attended a joint concert with The B-52s and The Go Go’s. I thought I’d enjoy the B52s more, but I was wrong. When the Go Go’s play live, they have an edgier sound. And I heard they used be an edgier band until they were bubble-gummed up by their record label.


Before Polish


After Polish


Our Lips are Sealed:

At 1:40 Jane Wiedlen sings. I loved her voice and hoped that a curly, brown-haired girl like me could be as pretty as her.


This is the concert I saw in Boston last year. Here they’re playing “Vacation”.


They were fun to listen to back in fifth grade and they’re still fun songs to bop around to in concert now.


Honorable Mention: Genesis, Peter Gabriel


If you didn't hear the news, I have a short story on page 12



55 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun concert. And I loved your short story. It was really good. Congrats on getting it published.

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    1. Natalie, thank you very much. I appreciate it.

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  2. I have never heard of them, but enjoyed what I heard on the videos. I loved your piece in the journal.

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    1. Glynis, thank you for reading my piece. I enjoyed yours.

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  3. I love the before and after shots of the band. I've heard raunchy tales of their backstage behavior. Not as sweet and innocent as they looked or sounded. ;)

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    1. L.G. Smith, I don't know anything about their behavior. They were badass, apparently.

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  4. I liked the Go Go's when I was a small fish, but haven't heard them in like forever! :)

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    1. Tracy, until I went to the concert, I hadn't listened to them in ages either.

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  5. OMG, a concert with the B52's AND the Go Go's? I'll bet that was so fun! Your story was soooo cool.

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    1. Julie, it was so much fun. I need to go to more concerts.

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  6. LOVE THE GO GO'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not heard them on the radio in a long time. Loved reading this Theresa. (I laughed about the apostrophe) Happy weekend, pal.

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    1. Robyn, they don't get much airplay, do they? Hope you're having a happy weekend! : )

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  7. How great you got to see the Go-Go's. I remember seeing them and thinking "Hey, maybe me and my friends could have a band."

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    1. Jaye, they did make it look effortless and fun, didn't they?

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  8. I saw a special on the Go-Go's - they began as a punk band with a real edgy sound.

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    1. Alex, that's what I heard, but I haven't looked up any of their old concerts.

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  9. I'm afraid the Go-Go's, Went-Went before I knew they existed. I think I was in another country, maybe another planet!

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    1. Cleemckenzie, it probably wasn't more than a couple of years. 2 albums were big, and then I think one of the bandmates had a heart issue. Belinda Carlisle went solo for a while.

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  10. Was that the band Belinda Carlisle started in, or am I getting confused?

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  11. Maybe the Go Go's owned something and forgot to tell us what.
    They are fun music. I think my favorite song of theirs is "We Got the Beat".

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    1. Is that the song that Disney channel just remade for Debby Ryan and "Radio Rebel"?

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    2. Ruth, The Go-Go's dresser? The Go-Go's instruments?

      Brooke, I don't know.

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  12. I loved the Go Go's :)
    Yay for your story

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  13. The Go-Go's were great. I even saw Belinda Carlisle on her own in the late 80s or early 90s. My boyfriend at the time was ga-ga over the Go-go.

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    1. Susan, my sister saw Berlinda Carlisle solo also. She got a long, closet-length poster, which I teased her about.

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  14. I wasn't a huge fan but definitely appreciated the all-girl band thing, which is rare even now.

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    1. Tonja, yeah, why aren't there more all-girl bands?

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  15. I read Belinda Carlisle's memoir last year. I enjoyed it.

    Will check out your story ;)

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    1. LR, I didn't know she had a memoir.

      Thanks for reading my story.

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  16. I much prefer the "unpolished" look! Much more REAL. And I'm impressed by how good they sounded when you saw them in Boston.

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    1. Bish, I think they looked better before too. Yes, they sounded great live.

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  17. Congratulations on your publication in Vine Leaves!

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

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  18. Hey Theresa, where do you live? Wish we could play mah jong together - wouldn't that be fun?
    I'll have to check out the Go Gos.
    Karen

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    1. Karen, I'm in Massachusetts. Where are you? It would be fun to play again!

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  19. Beauty and the Beat is a really solid album, despite the "polish."

    And the apostrophe denotes that they own something. They just don't want to reveal what it is.

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    1. Brent, it is a solid album. After I saw the concert, I downloaded their greatest hits album. Lots of songs from Beauty and the Beat.

      I wonder what they own...

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  20. I completely forgot that Jane Wiedlen was with The Go-Go's. I only ever remember Belinda.

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    1. Jane Wiedlen had such a pretty voice. She had a solo album, but it wasn't that great.

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  21. How fun. I've never heard of them. *blushes*

    Congrats on the publication of your short story!

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  22. Well done on the short story. Don't know the Go Go's. I'm lacking in the band department.

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  23. The difference before and after polish is pretty incredible.

    And congratulations on the short story!

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  24. This isn't a band I'm familiar with, but congrats on the short story publication! WOOT!

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  25. Maybe the Go Go's used the apostrophe to stop their name being mispronounced eg Go Gos (Goss) lol... I'm making it up.
    Hope you had a great Easter!

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    1. Lynda, your theory makes as much sense as anything else!

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