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The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed

A commenter said that I only feature Go-Go’s imitator groups and never the Go-Go’s themselves. Although once I did feature post-Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle. See here.

Mainly, the reason is that there aren’t any good Go-Go’s music videos on YouTube. The Bangles, who came a few years later than the Go-Go’s, did much better music videos. Like Manic Monday.

The best Go-Go’s video on YouTube is this one, and there’s nothing special about it, just the four of them driving around L.A. in a convertible interspersed with performance footage. Of course they have great eighties hair! And Belinda Carlisle does look so cute, like the slightly zaftig girl next door who got a slutty makeover and got drugged up. Wow! (Back the the good old days when being slutty didn’t mean having disgusting tattoos.)

The Go-Gos are to be commended for being a real girl band, they played their own instruments, wrote their own songs. Which is rather uncommon. Girls are great at singing and performing, but less good at playing musical instruments, and generally not good at all at composing music and writing songs. For example, the Bangles best song, “Manic Monday,” was written by Prince. And their other big hit, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” was written by Liam Sternberg. And they did a really great cover of the Simon and Garfunkel song “Hazy Shade of Winter.” And Going Down to Liverpool was also a cover.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 27, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Posted in Music videos

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  1. True, in general, about the girls though Carol King may be the single greatest songwriter of the last 60 years. And, Laura Nyro is the equal of most any male songwriter excepting Lennon and McCartney. Both girls Jewish BTW.

    Curle

    May 27, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    • Raising the question where have all the Jewish songwriters gone? Are they still out there just not visible?

      Curle

      May 27, 2018 at 9:23 AM

      • Amy Winehouse was jewish. I believe she wrote most of her own songs/ lyrics.

        toomanymice

        May 28, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    • My mother knew Carol King, they were in the same high school.

      • That’s cool. “No Easy Way Down” is one of the greatest songs ever. One of many by her.

        Curle

        May 27, 2018 at 12:25 PM

      • I heard Carol wrote another song – one she offered to Annette Funnicello. It’s called “My cute little Lion keeps calling me a guido” The lyrics are interesting. It talks about how distraught she is about her inability to give her “lion” boyfriend an “E. Rekshun” and so she gets in her Magnavox brand automobile and “drivesallnight.” She ends up arriving at Mike Street Station. Then she meets JS. But he only calls her a guidette prole, and this makes her feel even worse. Especially since she has no idea what “Meriprolestan”
        refers to.

        maryk

        May 27, 2018 at 12:41 PM

      • DEEP THOTS

        driveallnight

        May 27, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    • I think that part of the discrepancy is that female success in music depends so much on their visual appeal. Songwriting ability is pretty rare, but song-writing ability combined with good looks is an order of magnitude rarer.

      I think it’s much easier for an average or below-average looking man to make it in music than an average or below-average looking woman.

      But yeah, men are also much more creative than women.

      fortaleza84

      May 27, 2018 at 10:37 AM

      • That is probably less true now than ever though. Adele is one of the most popular female singers today and she is fat. Another British female singer named Duffy came out at the same time. She was very talented but her career didn’t last long and many say being conventionally attractive hurt her.

        Jay Fink

        May 27, 2018 at 4:03 PM

      • What you say about men in music is still pretty much true though. Bruno Mars has been one of the most popular male pop singers over the past 5 years….one big hit after another. I was very surprised to learn he is 5”5. In the real world women hate short guys…yet they can make it huge in music…this has always been true through the decades.

        Jay Fink

        May 27, 2018 at 4:22 PM

      • Same height as Roman Polanski, and two inches taller than Paul Simon.

      • Steve Sailer discussed that before. Many, if not most rock singers and pop singers are below average in height. Country musicians (and I’m willing to bet, rap ones) tend to be taller on average.

        GondwanaMan

        May 27, 2018 at 8:12 PM

      • Jay Fink – no, what happened was that Duffy made a big splash with “Mercy,” and she was hyped as the anti-Winehouse, the blue-eyed soul singer you could take home to Mom. But then she made a Diet Coke commercial. It did for her what the “Rock Me Tonite” video did for Billy Squier.

        njguy73

        May 27, 2018 at 10:55 PM

      • [men are also much more creative than women.]

        I’m not sure this is true across the board. Many outstanding female writers, musicians, dancers, actresses, artists/ illustrators.

        The one exception I can think if is comedy. Even the supposedly great female comedians aren’t that funny. Look at what a failure the all female ghostbusters was.

        toomanymice

        May 28, 2018 at 8:05 AM

      • Just because someone works in a field that’s considered “creative” doesn’t mean they are actually creative. “Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas.”

      • “I’m not sure this is true across the board. Many outstanding female writers, musicians, dancers, actresses, artists/ illustrators”

        Is there any creative field where the best people are mostly women? Certainly that’s not the case in writing, music, and art.

        fortaleza84

        May 28, 2018 at 11:23 AM

      • I think what fort might have meant is men are more inventive than women, which I would agree with 100%. But in terms of purely artistic creativity, even confining it to original content, I wouldn’t agree women are uniformly lacking. There are just too many talented female writers, musicians etc to say this.

        toomanymice

        May 28, 2018 at 1:21 PM

      • There ill never be an all-female group like The Beatles that moves music in an entirely new direction.

      • “I wouldn’t agree women are uniformly lacking. ”

        I’m genuinely curious: Why are you lying about my position? It’s right there in black and white. I never stated or implied that women are uniformly lacking in creativity. What I said was that men are “much more creative than women.”

        I get into these internet discussions, and so many people just invent stuff I never said but which is clearly extreme, unreasonable, and wrong.

        Seriously, why do you do this? And do you think you are fooling anyone with your lies?

        I really would like to know.

        fortaleza84

        May 28, 2018 at 4:37 PM

      • I believe you misunderstood me. I meant women are not uniformly lacking [in regard to original content] not innate creative aptitude. I apologize if this came across as some kind of intentional distortion of your stance.

        I absolutely agree men are more innovative and inventive. If the world were women only, I’m not sure we would even have the wheel, no offense to the incans.

        lion there have been some platform changing female musicians (imo). had amy winehouse lived I believe she would have been one of them. of course, not on par with the beatles. but not infinitely far off either.

        toomanymice

        May 28, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    • True, in general, about the girls though Carol King may be the single greatest songwriter of the last 60 years.

      Are you basing that on the stuff she cowrote for other people or her solo career stuff? I’ve never even heard of Laura Nyro…

      You have really idiosyncratic taste. Most people would point to Joni Mitchell.

      Magnavox

      May 27, 2018 at 10:49 AM

      • “Are you basing that on the stuff she cowrote for other people or her solo career stuff?“

        Both. Geffen got his start with Nyro whose songs were covered by others.

        Curle

        May 27, 2018 at 12:09 PM

      • Laura Nyro was famous in the 60’s and 70’s. I believe she wrote Barbara Streisand’s song “Stoney End.”

        Her most famous song, “Eli’s Coming,” was done by her as well as the band by 3 Dog Night. Her real last name was “Nigro.” For obvious reasons, a white woman in the 1960’s couldn’t use this last name.

        maryk

        May 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

      • Carol King wrote 118 songs that made it into the Billboard Hot 100. That’s “idiosyncratic”??

        Steverino@steverino.com

        May 27, 2018 at 1:41 PM

      • Laura Nyro has been frequently covered by jazz musicians. I would throw in Carly Simon, too.

        GondwanaMan

        May 27, 2018 at 8:15 PM

      • I’m not a fan but I hear Taylor Swift has written a lot of songs.

        Joni Mitchell is more my era. The girls in Heart and Fleetwood Mac were pretty productive too.

        There doesn’t seem to be much excitement about singer songwriters anymore. The pure singer types have taken over music, yet again.

        Mrs Stitch

        May 27, 2018 at 8:46 PM

      • Nigro is definitely an Italian surname. And according to Wikipedia, she was part Italian.

        Lewis Medlock

        May 27, 2018 at 10:28 PM

      • Just a sample of Nyro’s songs popularized by others:
        “Blowing Away”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Save the Country”, “And When I Die”, “Eli’s Comin’ ” and “Stoney End”.

        Nyro’s influence on popular musicians has been acknowledged by such artists as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Tori Amos, Bette Midler, Rickie Lee Jones, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan and Melissa Manchester. Todd Rundgren stated that once he heard her, he “stopped writing songs like The Who and started writing songs like Laura. Elton John said “I idolized her.”

        Nyro’s worth checking out.

        Curle

        May 28, 2018 at 2:16 PM

      • Her mother was Jewish.

        sestamibi

        May 29, 2018 at 8:42 PM

    • You want a Jewish female songwriter? Two words: Diane. Warren. Thank you and drive through.

      njguy73

      May 27, 2018 at 12:47 PM

  2. In September 2001, the 43-year-old Belinda Carlisle appeared in Playboy, which was still an influential publication at the time. As with many women in that time span Carlisle was in a transitional phase and had a landing strip. Almost certainly it soon vanished and never made a reappearance.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    May 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    • And with that comment, Lion’s entire male readership opened tabs for Amazon and eBay, searching for “Playboy Sept 2001.”

      njguy73

      May 27, 2018 at 12:49 PM

  3. I read Belinda Carlisle’s autobio from a few years ago. She said during the shoot for this video she was brutally hungover and also thought it was dumb to make a video. With that bad attitude she didn’t even bother to get out of the car during the “Hush, my darling” part, and just stayed in the driver’s seat leaning over and trying not to puke, but you can still see the back of her head.

    Bill

    May 27, 2018 at 10:08 AM

  4. Joni Mitchell is also a great songwriter, not so much for hit singles but incredible complexity (musical and lyrical).

    cliff arroyo

    May 27, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    • And no less an authority than Bob Dylan said “She plays guitar like a man.”

      Bill

      May 27, 2018 at 12:56 PM

      • Ha! Supposedly she used a different tuning for every song she wrote. I think that’s impossible but awesome if she tried that.

        GondwanaMan

        May 27, 2018 at 8:17 PM

  5. Towards the end of the video you get to see a couple of the girls’ panties, it’s interesting how plain and modest they are. If the video were being made today, you can bet they would be wearing something sexier.

    fortaleza84

    May 27, 2018 at 11:45 AM

  6. Does Lion like that first Elastica album? I thought it was fun and kind of sexy.

    Gozo

    May 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM

  7. I have the same tastes in women as you do Lion, maybe because I am near your age. Growing up in the 80s had a big influence on what I find attractive. I love the big hair. I like the slutty look but agree that tattoos are disgusting. It’s sad to me that today slutty automatically means being covered in ugly tattoos. I miss the 80s…it was perfect.

    Jay Fink

    May 27, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    • Yes, there are no women hotter than hot prole women… or, at least, that’s the way it used to be, before prole women started getting tatted, pierced, and/or fat.

      Hermes

      May 28, 2018 at 3:37 PM

  8. the Bangles best song, “Manic Monday,” was written by Prince.

    Rolling Stone Magazine to Eric Clapton: “How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world?”
    Eric Clapton: “I don’t know, go ask Prince.”

    Unbelievable Prince guitar solo at the 2004 R&R Hall of Fame induction ceremony –

    E. Rekshun

    May 27, 2018 at 5:05 PM

  9. “The best Go-Go’s video on YouTube is this one, and there’s nothing special about it, just the four of them driving around L.A. in a convertible interspersed with performance footage.”

    That seemed to be a default script for music videos in the 1980s. The writing staff’s run out of ideas? Ah, let’s just show the group/singer driving around and then performing on stage…lather, rinse, repeat.

    Of course, other 1980s music videos dispensed with the driving sequences entirely and simply just filmed an artist’s onstage performance.

    Oswald Spengler

    May 27, 2018 at 5:43 PM

  10. Question: Why can’t the Go-Go’s have babies?

    Answer: Because their lips are sealed!

    Question: What’s worse than grease on Olivia Newton-John?

    Answer: Come on Eileen.

    Deke DaSilva

    May 27, 2018 at 6:02 PM

  11. The Breeders weren’t really a girl band because they had a number of men (and women) in the band over the years. But the two core members (lead vocals and lead guitar) were sisters who wrote their own songs and played their own instruments.

    destructure

    May 27, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    • To clarify, I wasn’t a fan or anything. Just making an observation.

      destructure

      May 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM

  12. Our Lips are Sealed was co-written by Terry Hall of the Specials.

    Albert Mesrine

    May 28, 2018 at 6:37 AM

  13. Cover by Hillary Duff (Lizzie McGuire):

    sestamibi

    May 28, 2018 at 12:25 PM

  14. OT: “Two major studies conducted by psychologists from Cambridge and top US universities have found your personality type can be accurately predicted from your musical tastes – and vice versa.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/27/link-personalities-music-taste-unearthed-opera-lovers-likely/

    A fun topic for a post would be for people to list their favorite songs, singers, musicians, bands, etc. in the comments. Judging by the responses to your music posts, that’s something readers really like doing anyway. No long comments. Just a simple list. Then other readers can reply with what they think it means for their personality type.

    destructure

    May 28, 2018 at 12:38 PM

  15. Top Ten Bands In no particular order:

    The Police
    The Rolling Stones
    Genesis
    Simple MInds
    The Fixx
    Led Zeppelin
    Pink Floyd
    Steely Dan
    The Doors
    Dire Straits

    Polar Bear

    May 28, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    • Very nice selection!

      E. Rekshun

      May 29, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    • 53?

      J1

      May 29, 2018 at 11:04 PM


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