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114.  The Go-Go’s

Historically speaking, Music of all genres is full of all male bands. Sure, there was the occasional female lead singer or two, but generally, it did not get much further than that. That ceiling was forever broken in 1981, when the Go-Go’s topped the charts becoming the first all female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. Seriously, it took until 1981 for that to happen.

 

Originally a Punk band, the California quintet shifted their focus to the burgeoning New Wave sound. The move proved to be fruitful as they quickly caught on with listeners who embraced their fun party music which was among the more popular of the first half of the 80’s. They broke up in 1985, and after a few reunions they never did come close to matching their earlier success. Regardless, by showing the world that an all woman outfit could be successful and breaking down the gender barrier in music they are far more influential than one would realize.


The Go-Gos

www.gogos.com

 



Should The Go-Go's be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 72.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.3%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 10.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #75
    2011: #78
    2012: #90
    2013: #101
    2014: #98
    2015: #99
    2016: #98
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2005
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Why they will get in: Their gender works in their favor here.
  • Why they won't get in: They are dismissed as fluff by many.
  • Essential Albums: Beauty and the Beat (1981)
    Vacation (1982)
    Talk Show (1984)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: We Got the Beat (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981)
    This Town (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981)
    Our Lips are Sealed (From Beauty and the Beat, 1981)
    Vacation (From Vacation, 1982)
    Turn to You (From Talk Show, 1984)

Should The Go-Go's be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 72.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.3%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 10.2%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:10

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+5 #6 Michael Tabor 2016-02-21 22:05
Maybe after the Runaways get in!
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0 #5 Christopher Ingle 2015-12-17 22:23
OF COURSE THE Go-Go's should be in the Hall of Fame. The FIRST female band to hit number one with their debut album- 5 top 40 singles 2 in top 10, second album was top 10. The Bangles that followed had number one singles but not a number one album. Their music is still relevant whether current tastes have changed or not.
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+1 #4 Anthony Picco 2015-07-11 17:52
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+6 #3 Dennis O. 2014-11-01 15:26
Even at lowly # 98 The GoGos are greatly overrated. What was their big contribution ... being female?
Meanwhile bands with originality and who compose intelligent lyrics, like XTC, are nowhere to be found on this list.
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+2 #2 P Smith 2013-01-29 18:04
The Go-Gos? The Bangles? They were crap compared to Shonen Knife, who are far more deserving but will never get in. Shonen Knife have a few North American hits, they opened the door for Asian groups to get noticed in the west on _talent_, not novelty, *and* they played a huge role in the growth of the DIY philosophy of bands both in Japan and elsewhere.

Even L7 and the Runaways were far better and more important among all-women bands than the Go-Gos.
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+3 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
The Go-Go's were cute, and yes, they showed once more that women can play in bands too, but their music was way too fluffy. Nothing great, nothing influential, just some catchy pop tunes and that's it. I do not forsee The Go-Go's ever getting into the Hall Of Fame. Sorry, ladies.
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