Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Yes or No" by The Go-Go's

Song#:  2055
Date:  09/22/1984
Debut:  86
Peak:  84
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band's third album, Talk Show, was just not performing as well as their previous two. With only its initial single, "Head Over Heels," getting any real attention, the album could only manage a #18 peak and it failed to reach gold level sales. Hoping for a bit of a turn around, this third single was issued. Unfortunately, it disappeared rather quickly and the song would end up being the band's final one to reach the Pop chart. With The Go-Go's experiencing a lot of inner turmoil, they called it quits not long after Jane Weidlin decided to leave the band. Solo careers were to follow with Belinda Carlisle having the most success scoring four Top 10's including the 1987 #1 "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." The band would have various reunions over the years including a successful 2016 Farewell Tour, which was billed as being their last full tour. However, they still plan to do one-off gigs on occasion.

ReduxReview:  I was quite disappointed when this was selected for the third single. I like the song and it's a great addition to the album, but I thought it was a very weak choice for a single. I'm guessing the label wanted to try something that would be more pop-friendly rather than a rock track and this one seemed to fit the bill. It just didn't work. There were better choices in my opinion. I thought "Beneath the Blue Sky" had much better potential. Regardless, Talk Show remains one of my favorite albums.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The Go-Go's are still often considered the most successful all-female band in rock history thanks in part to their debut album Beauty and the Beat. That LP became the first written and performed by an all-female band to reach the #1 spot. Regardless of what came after, the album secured them a permanent spot in rock music history. The Go-Go's would reunite on occasion after the break up. The first instance was in 1990 where they did some performances and recorded a new version of "Cool Jerk" for a hits package. Another hits compilation brought them together again in 1994 and they recorded the song "The Whole World Lost Its Head." Released as a single, it missed the Pop chart, but got to #21 on the Alternative Rock chart. In 2001, the still-classic lineup of the band got together to record a new album titled God Bless The Go-Go's. The album would do well getting to #57 and it's main single, "Unforgiven," would reach #22 on the new Adult Top 40 chart.


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