Song of the Day #3,799: ‘We Got the Beat’ – The Go-Go’s

Miles Copeland, brother of Police drummer Stewart Copeland, co-founded the indie rock label I.R.S. and in early 1981 signed a Los Angeles-based, all-female New Wave quintet called The Go-Go’s.

The band landed a gig opening for The Police thanks to that connection and within a year their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, topped Billboard’s albums chart, spending a month and a half at #1. It was the first time in the chart’s history that an all-female group who wrote their own music hit the top spot.

Anchored by hit singles ‘We Got the Beat’ and ‘Our Lips Are Sealed,’ Beauty and the Beat is an infectious collection of gentle punk, surf rock and New Wave pop. And it holds up beautifully. You would not go wrong playing this album at a party in 2018.

The band had a lesser hit the following year with Vacation, but in-fighting and drug use got in the way of future success. 1984’s forgotten Talk Show was their last album until a 2001 reunion record titled God Bless the Go-Go’s.

[Verse 1]
See the people walking down the street
Fall in line just watching all their feet
They don’t know where they wanna go
But they’re walking in time

[Chorus]
They got the beat
They got the beat
They got the beat, yeah
They got the beat

[Verse 2]
See the kids just getting out of school
They can’t wait to hang out and be cool
Hang around ’til quarter after twelve
That’s when they fall in line

[Chorus]
They got the beat
They got the beat
Kids got the beat, yeah
Kids got the beat

[Verse 3]
Go-go music really makes us dance
Do the pony puts us in a trance
Do the watusi just give us a chance
That’s when we fall in line

[Chorus]
‘Cause we got the beat
We got the beat
We got the beat, yeah
We got it

[Outro]
We got the beat
We got the beat
We got the beat
Everybody get on your feet
We got the beat
We know you can dance to the beat
We got the beat
Jumpin’,get down
We got the beat
Round and round and round
We got the beat
We got the beat…

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,799: ‘We Got the Beat’ – The Go-Go’s

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It’s fascinating how familiar I am with each of your 1981 albums. I guess there is really no other time in life to be so atune to music as junior high and high school.

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