Beauty and the Beat

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not quite right to say that the Go-Go's' 1981 debut, Beauty and the Beat, is where new wave caught hold in the U.S., but it's not quite wrong, either. Prior to this, there had certainly been new wave hits -- Blondie had been reaching the Top Ten for two years running -- but the Go-Go's ushered in the era of big, bright stylish pop, spending six weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and generating two singles that defined the era: the cool groove of "Our Lips Are Sealed" and the exuberant "We Got the Beat." So big were these two hits that they sometimes suggested that Beauty and the Beat was a hits-and-filler record, an impression escalated by the boost the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not quite right to say that the Go-Go's' 1981 debut, Beauty and the Beat, is where new wave caught hold in the U.S., but it's not quite wrong, either. Prior to this, there had certainly been new wave hits -- Blondie had been reaching the Top Ten for two years running -- but the Go-Go's ushered in the era of big, bright stylish pop, spending six weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and generating two singles that defined the era: the cool groove of "Our Lips Are Sealed" and the exuberant "We Got the Beat." So big were these two hits that they sometimes suggested that Beauty and the Beat was a hits-and-filler record, an impression escalated by the boost the Go-Go's received from the just-launched MTV, yet that's hardly the case. Beauty and the Beat is sharp, clever, and catchy, explicitly drawing from the well of pre-Beatles '60s pop -- girl group harmonies, to be sure, but surf-rock echoes throughout -- but filtering it through the nervy energy of punk. With the assistance of Rob Freeman, producer Richard Gottehrer -- a veteran of the Strangeloves ("I Want Candy") who also wrote the girl group standard "My Boyfriend's Back" -- sanded down the band's rougher edges, keeping the emphasis on the hooks and harmonies but giving the Go-Go's enough kick and jangle that at times the group resembles nothing less than early R.E.M., particularly on "How Much More" and "Tonite." But this isn't Murmur; there is nothing murky about Beauty and the Beat at all -- this is infectiously cheerful pop, so hooky it's sometimes easy to overlook how well-written these tunes are, but it's the sturdiness of the songs that makes Beauty and the Beat a new wave classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 044797502125
  • Catalog Number: 75021
  • Sales rank: 7,310

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go-Go's Primary Artist
Belinda Carlisle Vocals
Jane Wiedlin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlotte Caffey Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gina Schock Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Kathy Valentine Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Belinda Carlisle Composer
Jane Wiedlin Composer
Charlotte Caffey Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Terry Hall Composer
Kathy Valentine Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Mike Doud Art Direction
Mick Haggerty Art Direction
Ginger Canzoneri Art Direction
Rob Freeman Producer, Engineer
Cindy Marsh Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yeah the GO GO'S Got the beat...

    Released in 1981, this debute album stayed at #1 for 6 weeks, the first album by an all girl band to do so. This wasn't a mistake, The Go Go's debute is powerful pop and has the catchiest songs since the likes of Blondie. Lust to Love and This Town are pumping jewels, pounding with great energy. Our Lips are Sealed and We Got the Beat are the two standout tracks and with both being the hits that they were, is what propelled this debute to #1. This album is a absolute must, it's sweet, it's sassy, it's great fun. Belinda Carlisle's vocals are as sweet and refreshing as a summer breeze, brilliant beginging from the Go Go's.

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