The Go-Go's formed in 1978 as an L.A. punk band, and
could be found playing at the popular spots like The Masque and Whisky a
Go Go. After some shuffling of band members, the Go-Go's began
forming their pop sound that we are more familiar with. By 1980,
the band had released a demo album and began touring with the band
Madness in L.A. and in the U.K.
By 1981, the Go-Go's had landed a record deal, and their
first album, Beauty and the Beat,
was released in 1981. This debut album was a huge hit, and
featured songs like "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips are Sealed".
Their follow-up release,
did not fair nearly as well as its predecessor, but still featured the
title track as a hit. Their last album before their break up was
Show in 1984. This album featured the songs "Head
Over Heels" and "Turn to You".
By 1985, conflicts within the band finally took their
toll, and the Go-Go's broke up. Members went onto solo careers,
the most successful solo effort being that of Belinda Carlisle.
Over the years, the Go-Go's have reunited from time to time, as well as
released new material (example
Bless the Go-Go's in 2001). At the time of this writing in
late 2013, the group was still together on stage. The Go-Go's
Discography is as follows:1981: Beauty and the Beat
1984: Talk Show
1990: Greatest of the Go-Go's
1994: Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's
2000: Vh1 Behind the Music: Go-Go's Collection
2001: God Bless the Go-Go's