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The Go-Go's - We Got The Beat (1980)

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“We Got the Beat” is a song recorded by the American rock band The Go-Go’s. Written by the ...

“We Got the Beat” is a song recorded by the American rock band The Go-Go’s. Written by the group’s lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, and considered to be their signature song, the band recorded the song in 1980 and it was released in July as a single in the UK on Stiff Records. The song’s single release brought the Go-Go’s underground credibility in the UK. The song climbed to No. 35 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart due to the popularity of the song in clubs as an import. It is considered a new wave classic hit.

Background, composition and release

Clocking in at only ?2 1⁄2 minutes, the song is instantly recognizable by its drumming intro. The song evolved out of the group covering the song that served as the group’s namesake, the 1965 hit “Going to a Go Go” by the Miracles.

“We Got the Beat” mentions various early ’60s dances such as the Pony, the Watusi and Go-Go dancing.

The Go-Go’s re-recorded the song for their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, released in July 1981. “We Got the Beat” was released as the album’s second single in January 1982.

The song’s music video, filmed at a live performance at Palos Verdes High School in Los Angeles, CA on December 4, 1981, received heavy airplay on MTV at the time. It gained further exposure when it was used in the opening sequence of the Amy Heckerling-directed film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, released in August 1982.

Chart performance

“We Got the Beat” became the Go-Go’s biggest hit, spending three weeks at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, behind Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”. It was during the song’s time in the U.S. top 10 that Beauty and the Beat topped the U.S. Billboard 200.

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