The Go-Go's Essentials

The Go-Go's Essentials

For all of the sweet, girly charm of album covers that featured the band in towels, bubble baths, and tutus, The Go-Go's had genuine L.A. punk cred. The band had formed in the scene surrounding Hollywood's notorious punk club The Masque, and lead singer Belinda Carlisle had even been the original drummer in The Germs. The pure-pop songwriting smarts of guitarists Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin brought the group smash hits, but a few months after the release of Talk Show, behind-the-scenes problems caused them to split in early 1985.

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