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Vacation is to Beauty and the Beat what The Clash’s Give ‘Em Enough Rope is to The Clash: a hastily-assembled album that attempts to recreate the impact of a smashing debut. Among Go-Go’s fans, Vacation has always been unfairly maligned as the ugly stepsister to the band’s breakthrough debut. Yet, beyond its diamond title track — with “Our Lips Are Sealed,” the band’s most immortal pop confection — Vacation matches its predecessor pound for pound, even if the punk roots that were still in evidence on Beauty and the Beat have been completely smoothed over. “He’s So Strange,” “We Don’t Get Along,” and “I Think It’s Me” continue the band’s talent for inscribing the confusion of teenage romance with candy melodies, while “It’s Everything but Partytime” and “World’s Away” give voice to a darker undercurrent lying behind the group’s cheery façade. Even though rifts in the group were starting to grow, “Beatnik Beach,” “Cool Jerk” and the Jane Wiedlin-led “Girl of 100 Lists” show that the Go-Go’s were still the snappiest, smartest band in the New Wave class.

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Although this album isn't as fantastic as "Beauty and the Beat," it is still a fine album with many good songs and a few great ones. My favorites include "Beatnik Beach," "Get Up and Go," and "Cool Jerk," all of which are great jumpy tunes that get your body moving! Although pop music is even more fluffy, superficial, and manufactured now in 2006 than it was in 1982, this album stands out as still being a unique album made by five women who helped change pop music.

Solid, Nostalgic, Always Fun

The truth about this album, and the Go-Go's is that they were the sexy, punky, girls you wished you knew and could date back then. The self-confidence, the nod to the previous girl-groups of the 50's and 60's and then the big middle-finger to the entire ethos of femaledom during the 80's is really present. This album, though poppy and full of hooks, is really an anthropological statement about the anti-Valley, Los Angeles Culture of Southern California in the 80's. A great album, always will be.


This song is great! It has so much history with my friends and I, becasue in a Rugrats episode this song gets played when they go to Las Vegas. We always antisipate the moment until this song comes on. Its so catchy and amazing [=


Formed: 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Go-Go's were the most popular all-female band to emerge from the punk/new wave explosion of the late '70s and early '80s, becoming one of the first commercially successful female groups that wasn't controlled by male producers or managers. While their hit singles -- "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels" -- were bright, energetic new wave pop, the group was an integral part of the Californian punk scene. And they did play punk rock, even if many of their rougher...
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