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The Go-Go's are an all-woman band. They formed in 1978 and first rose to fame in the ska punk community supporting Madness on tour. They played primarily pop punk and retro-1960s rock. They have had five top-40 hits. All-women bands are musical groups where women sing and play all the instruments. ... See also: 1977 in music, other events of 1978, 1979 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - The Sex Pistols played their final show (until a 1996 reunion) at San Franciscos Winterland Ballroom. ... Ska punk is a fusion of Jamaican ska and British and American punk rock. ... Album cover of One Step Beyond Madness were a British ska band of the 1980s. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...



Charlotte Caffey (born October 21, 1953) is a rock and roll guitarist and songwriter best known for her work in The Go-Gos in the 1980s, including writing We Got the Beat. She remained friends with Belinda Carlisle, encourging her to quit drugs following Caffeys rehab, co-writing, touring... This photo of Carlisle from about 1986 shows her in her more svelte weight after her initial stint with The Go-Gos. ... Gina Schock was born on August 31, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Kathy Valentine (born January 7, 1959) is the bassist for the legendary all-girl punk/pop band The Go-Gos. ... Jane Wiedlin Jane Wiedlin (born May 20, 1958 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, USA) is the rhythm guitarist of the all female multi-platinum rock band The Go-Gos. ...

Additional Personnel

  • Margot Olaverra, bass guitar (1978-1980)
  • Vicki Peterson, guitar and keyboards (circa 1994)
  • Paula Jean Brown, bass guitar (early 1985)

Vicki Peterson - Victoria Anne Theresa, (11 January 1958, Burbank, California - ) is a US pop-musician (guitar, vocals). ...


In 1980, the Go-Go's' "We Got the Beat" became an underground hit. After exchanging Olaverra for Kathy Valentine (the band's sound was turning from punk to pop, and Olaverra's punk persona was becoming a pop liability), the Go-Go's signed to IRS Records and released Beauty and the Beat, which was a surprise hit and topped the charts for six weeks. "Our Lips Are Sealed" and a new version of "We Got the Beat" were extremely popular singles. The follow-up, however, Vacation, sold well but quickly ran out of momentum. 1984 saw a return to critical acceptance with the album Talk Show, but sales were poor. In 1985 the band broke up. See also: 1979 in music, other events of 1980, 1981 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January January 1 - Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The only other pop music acts to be created MBEs are the Beatles and... Kathy Valentine (born January 7, 1959) is the bassist for the legendary all-girl punk/pop band The Go-Gos. ... A persona is a social role, or a character played by an actor. ... In the most general sense, a liability is anything that is a hinderance, or puts one at a disadvantage. ... I.R.S. Records was started in the US in 1979 by Miles Copeland (the older brother of Stewart Copeland, drummer of The Police). ... Beauty and the Beat is the debut album from Californian pop punk all-women band The Go-Gos. ... The Go Gos single, Vacation appeared on Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11 in which we see a clip of President George Bush Jr. ... See also: 1983 in music, other events of 1984, 1985 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - singer Michael Jacksons hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. ... See also: 1984 in music, other events of 1985, 1986 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon...

Rumor has it that what did the band in was excessive hedonism and drug abuse. Around 1983, Carlisle had a US$300-a-day cocaine habit, and Caffey had a heroin habit. In 1983, a videotape surfaced showing Carlisle and Valentine at a post-gig party at which both were inebriated and uninhibited. In 1985, Caffey underwent treatment to rid herself of the heroin habit, and Carlisle followed suit. After the drug treatment, the band recruited a replacement for the now-departed Jane Wiedlin, and finally selected Paula Jean Brown as their new bassist, with Valentine moving to rhythm guitar. They played the 1985 Rock in Rio festival with this new lineup, but personality conflicts soon led to the band's breakup. Hedonism (Greek: hēdonē pleasure + –ism) describes any way of thinking that gives pleasure a central role. ... Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions, all of them relating to the use or overuse of a drug for a nontherapeutic effect . ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Heroin or diamorphine (INN) (colloquially referred to as brown sugar, junk, babania, horse, golden brown, smack, black tar, H, big H, lady H, dope, skag, juice, jude, diesel, boy, etc. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Queen at Rock in Rio (1985) Rock in Rio was the biggest rock festival held in Brazil. ...

Belinda Carlisle had a successful solo career for most of the late 1980s, while Wiedlin did some recording and acting. Charlotte Caffey worked with Carlisle and then in 1990 formed a band called the Graces for Perfect View. // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 60s and 70s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... See also: 1989 in music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several...

In 1990, Wiedlin organized a reunion that began with a benefit for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and again in 1994, when they released Return of the Valley of the Go-Go's. In 2001, they released an album of new material entitled God Bless the Go-Go's. They have since decided to continue performing and recording together. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Hum disbands. ...

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