The Go-Go’s Albums Ranked in Order of Awesomeness
Despite their beginnings in the original Los Angeles punk scene, the Go-Go‘s wound up becoming one of the biggest and best pop bands of the early ’80s. We’re ranking all of the albums by this groundbreaking group in order of awesomeness.
Formed in 1978, they were formed by singer Belinda Carlisle (aka “Dottie Danger”), who had briefly been a member of the Germs, and guitarist Jane Wiedlin. They soon picked up Charlotte Caffey, who had spent time in the Eyes, and drummer Gina Schock and bassist Kathy Valentine joined up with them later on.
They originally signed to the U.K. label Stiff — best known as the home of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and the Damned — releasing an early version of “We Got the Beat,” which got them on the U.S. Dance chart. By that time, the band’s punk roots had been taken over by a more ’60s influenced pop sound, incorporating elements of surf, girl group and garage rock, and in 1981, they signed with I.R.S. Records, who released their classic debut, Beauty and the Beat that summer. The LP was a huge hit, topping the Billboard chart and selling into the millions. They would release only two more albums in their first lifetime before reuniting in 2001 for a fourth.
Their catalog is short on quantity, but long on quality. 2016 marks 35 years since their classic debut, and finds the girls hitting the road with what is billed as their farewell tour. Whether that holds true or not, the music they have made will continue to live on.