Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Get Up and Go" by The Go-Go's

Song#:  1189
Date:  09/25/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  50
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The title track to The Go-Go's second album, "Vacation," became their second Top 10 hit reaching #8. This second single couldn't get near the upper portion of the chart and stalled exactly at the halfway point. They would issue a third single, "This Old Feeling," but it failed to make the chart. Although the album would reach #7, the lack of another significant hit stopped the album at gold, which was a steep drop following their multi-plaintum debut album.

ReduxReview:  I thought for sure this was going to be a much bigger hit. The song seemed to capture some elements of "We Got the Beat" and, if memory serves me right, it had a neat stop-action video (I can't seem to find it anywhere now). So it was really disappointing when the tune couldn't even crack the Top 40. It's still a quality song, but hearing it now, it doesn't sound as single-worthy as my Go-Go loving ears thought back then. In reality, save for the title track, nothing on the album was truly strong enough to be a major hit. But I do think the LP should have had a couple more Top 40's. The James Bond-ish "He's So Strange" and album closer "Worlds Away"could have been contenders.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Properly promoting an album can certainly help garner attention and potentially boost sales. One possible reason for "Vacation" not doing as well is the lack of promotion. However, it was for an unfortunate reason. The Go-Go's drummer, Gina Schock, was forced to have surgery for a congenital heart defect following the release of the album. This put the band on hiatus which basically limited (or really ended) their promotion of the LP. Schock would recover in time for the band's next album and tour.


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