Beauty and the Beat is the debut album from Californian new wave band the Go-Go's. Released in 1981 on the I.R.S. Records label, the album reached number one on Billboard's Top LPs & Tape chart in March 1982, bolstered by its two big Hot 100 hit singles: "Our Lips Are Sealed" (no. 20) and "We Got the Beat" (no. 2), initially released in 1980, but in a different version. After a long and steady climb, Beauty and the Beat reached number one in the album chart dated March 6, 1982, the week before "We Got the Beat" entered the Top Ten of the Hot 100. The album stayed at the top for six consecutive weeks, and ranked second in Billboard's year-end Top 100 of 1982 (behind the self-titled debut album of Asia). The LP sold in excess of two million copies, and was RIAA-certified double platinum, qualifying it as one of the most successful debut albums of all time. Critically acclaimed, it has been described as one of the "cornerstone albums of American new wave".The title is a play on the European fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast".Wikipedia
Well, this one took my by surprise. Everyone knows The Go-Go's big hit "We Got The Beat" of course. That's where my knowledge of them ended until today. This is considered a cornerstone Nu Wave band but damn if it doesn't sound like a poppy punk album to me. A freaking great one at that. I found myself absolutely cranking this one and loving it. No negatives. Haters be damned, this album is fire. Loved it.
A classic. Not just an 80's classic, not just a new wave classic. A classic. I could bump this all day
Very refreshing! A upbeat, feel good rock-pop album with many catchy songs. Individual songs could be a bit longer
Super fun and Joyous.
Big love for The Beauty And The Beat! The gorgeous and bad ass 80s new wave rockers stole my heart in high school and still give me a rise when I hear their music. Fun album!
The songs kind of sound like they’d be used in some Jimmy Neutron montage
“Beauty and the Beat” by The Go-Go’s (1981) Not familiar with this album. I’ve heard of this group. This album is pop. Musically, very simple, reminds me of The Archies and every other commercial pop group of the late 1960s. Instrumentals are plain. Lead and backing vocals lack talent. Poor diction and pitch control. No power. No vibrato. Songs seem to be written specifically for singers with limited range. Good engineering and mixing. Well-produced. Actually these are the talents on display in this album. “Lust to Love” had the potential for a powerful, driving rock song, but the vocals and instrumentals weren’t up to it. Almost every song ends with a too definite slam on the tonic. I wanted to say “cha cha cha” after each one. Lyrics are sappy. Even when they strain to sound profound, the “pony” and the “watusi” are so desperately retro. Cringe. I can only think of one reason why any record label would have wanted to sign them. 1/5
Classic 80s vibes!
Aw New Wave. You make my heart go Oingo Boingo.
Omg how did I not know these people? I knew half the songs already, classics!
Great pop rock album from beginning to end!
A few songs I recognized and new ones I'd listen to again. All around just sounding nice and happy.
I'd never heard of this band before, but this was excellent.
This album is yet another example of why the 1001 journey is great. Because the album is great…and I never would have listened to it otherwise. The consistency of the tracks is remarkable. They are high energy, and there isn’t a bad one, nor even a mediocre on IMHO, in the whole lot. I wouldn’t say any individual track is amazing on its own, but 11 very, very good tracks on a row is elite. Belinda Carlisle’s, who I hadn’t known started out in The Go-Gos, vocals are wonderful as are the harmonies with the backup vocalists. The instrumentalists each stand out at various moments throughout the album. However, the bass guitar deserves the most recognition to me. It and the drums are the driving force behind this boot-sole-to-the-chest pop album. I can’t believe this is the first, and still only, all-female band debut album that topped the Billboard where the band wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. There are a couple qualifying categories there, but this fact is still insane to me. That alone has to make this one of the most important female albums of all time. 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘
New wave goodness. Wild that this was recorded nearly 40 years ago.
This was a really fun album to listen to. There were some songs that I had heard before. The new wave sound took me back to playing grand theft auto vice city. This was praised as being one of the first new wave albums.
Un excellent album de la part de ce groupe de gonzesses survoltées. Le titre How Much More a d'ailleurs été choisi comme générique de l'émission Petits plats en équilibre présenté par Laurent Mariotte et accompagne aujourd'hui à merveille les passages très télégéniques de cuisson au four.
Pretty good, consistently strong tracks. "Our lips are sealed" > "We got the beat". Revolutionary in 1981 I'm sure, though listening in the modern day it sounds a little samey.
This was a fun album! After listening to this, I can now hear the fingerprints of The Go Go's on many more modern bands, including one of my favorites, Harvey Danger. I assume this album made the list because it was one of the first albums with this sound, which, with a 1981 release date, would make sense to me based on my limited musical knowledge Also, great album title. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 4/5
A crisp packet floating like gossamer in a gentle Spring breeze, but filmed with a faded neon filter and replayed at x3 speed. Yum.
I like the go gos
Really enjoyed this. Early stages of pop punk at its best
Musicianship, hooks, energy. Perfection
An album so great, they never even tried to top it. "Beauty and the Beat" sounds like 1981, yet somehow timeless at the same time. "Our Lips Are Sealed" is a classic opener, letting all 5 members shine and setting you up for everything. And the rest of the album is full of absolute bangers. I'm surprised this didn't have at least 4 more monster singles. The Go-Go's would throw out a few more albums, even have some more hit singles, but their long overdue Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame election is because of this album. Truth be told, there's an argument suggesting Belinda Carlisle had a more successful career than the Go-Go's. I don't necessarily agree with that; Carlisle had more hit singles (including a number 1 in "Heave On Earth"), but I couldn't come up with a title of one of her solo albums to save my life. But this album is still as close to a perfect blend of new-wave meets power-pop as you'll ever hear.
Led Zeppelin is beloved for a reason. I think legalization will help resurrect them a little.
Absolutely loved it
I can see how they are so influential.
Really great album! Got two listens within 24 hours, a rare feat. Released in 1981, it's part of a (new) wave of change in pop music. The songwriting is good and the tempo is enjoyably up-beat. Good dish-washing music.
I love the Go-Go's! This album is a perfect slice of nostalgic pop heaven.
we got the beat :D
Great Album, nice to sit back and listen to some more unknown GoGo's songs that isn't just we got the beat.
This was a fun album to listen to. My favourite tracks were Our Lips Are Sealed and Can't Stop The World.
The start of the "girl band" in rock, this album is pure pop/rock joy from start to finish.
Contains Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got The Beat and no filler at all. Jane Wiedlin en Belinda Carlisle released excellent solo albums and the other Go-Go's albums are great too, but this album is perfect. Catchy guitar songs, lots of hooks, some kind of new wave blueprint for many 90s alternative rock albums, but what I like most about their music is that -just like the Ramones, Blondie, B-52's - they mix their guitar songs with 60s pop influences, which combined with excellent vocals really makes their music stand out.
AMAZING. Top notch. Every song was so fun. I was wondering how I knew the words to every single song, but then I remembered that my mom used to play this album for me all the time when I was a kid! Love it.
The Go-Go's are one of the original all girl pop punk bands. What a joy to listen to this album in full. I was already across their two main hits in Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got the Beat, but the whole album was full of great songs that really makes you feel like you're a part of their girls club, in the best possible way. Best: Our Lips Are Sealed; We Got the Beat Worst: Skidmarks On My Heart
Rating: 10/10 Best songs:
A great album or the right album at the right time, that is the question. Nonetheless, the only album written and performed by an all female group to go to number one. Holds up well as tightly written, imminently catchy, well produced pop songs. While it frequently gets categorized as new wave (and often referred to as a cornerstone of the genre), it is more good old fashioned power pop. That is probably responsible for its enduring appeal.
How much do I love this album?! I bought the cassette in 1983 and it has been one of my favorites ever since. "Our Lips Are Sealed" is one of my all-time favorite songs of the 80's. Every time I listen to it I fall in love with it all over again. "We Got The Beat" is right up there with it. But no one should miss songs like "Lust to Love", "This Town", "Fading Fast", "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)", "Can't Stop The World." Actually no one should miss listening to this album from beginning to end. It is so satisfying to hear "Lust to Love" after "Tonite" leading into "This Town" and it makes me very happy when I do. The album is great and I never tire of listening to this. I'm so glad to see this album on this list!
I have memories of bopping along to this on cassette while driving my mom's car in the summertime, wearing white Keds with no socks. I've definitely always thought of it as pure pop fun. But how great to listen to this with grown-up ears and hear such aggressive musicianship! This band ROCKS! The bass! The drums! These women have SWAGGER! I have a renewed love, admiration, and gratitude for The Go-Go's today.
I don't have a specific memory of every listening to this album in it entirety before, but I certainly remember when it was on the charts. It is full of great tracks by talented women...and lots of fun!
I loved this when it was new, and it still sounds so good!
I like girls who rock (..сказала дрю берримор, а я чувствую то же)
Always been a fan of the Go-Gos. Some of it is pure bubblegum pop, but there's some solid rock and near punk in there too.
Practically flawless. A solid collection of songs with some real standouts.
Insane hooks, so much fun
I freaking had so much listening to this. Automatic is a fucking banger. The whole album made me want to go to ethyls.
I really like how upbeat this is
Classic that was new to me. Couple big hits and the song automatic is where the band automatic got their name
Great album and full of energy. Really unique sound and great vocals. "Our Lips Are Sealed" is my personal favorite despite the other hits like "We Got The Beat" on the album. Love the album cover too. 8/10.
This was like the cure but sped up, on a happier tone, and sung by girls. Amazing 5 stars i was surprised to like it this much
I loved this
This one is a big hit in our house. Love the melodic basslines and sing-along choruses. Catchy stuff.
Great album! Really good pop-punk-rock LA sound, six stars.
The first, iconic, life changing to my little 11 year old heart. Not the pinnacle of their achievements, but still outstanding.
9/10 absolutely killer pop album, what can I say
This was a really enjoyable pop album. I ended up listening to it twice and it has plenty of hits. I’m probably going to throw it on every now and then
Really catchy songwriting and punchy arrangements. The first 'pop punk' album?
Such a fun album
I liked it
A classic for sure, and pleased with the results overall on how it affected women in rock music.
Great, catchy, emotion-filled 80s pop.
Another rock entry with female vocalists and I am here for it. The simple harmonies they employ with multiple vocals is great. The sound is slick without being overproduced. Great album through and through.
Great fun, reminded me of a pop version of Hole. I had no idea Jane Wiedlin and Belinda Carlisle were in a band together. Will be listening again.
Liked them when I was a kid, but really never listened to this full album. Really good.
love my 80s jams, and this album has a bunch - C
it was such a bop. perfect new wave album with female leads. underrated honestly. last part dragged a bit as they all began to mesh together, but overall quality album.
Very groovy. Liked a lot. Made me smile
Had a great time listening to this one.
Okay, I'm ready. This is pretty easy to listen to... Lips ages really well... we got the beat, not as much. Some pretty strong songs mixed in, make this enjoyable.
Fun! Very poppy, very upbeat - I didn't know this group was Belinda Carlisle's origin story! Fave track - "Automatic", maybe? "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" is fun too...
I actually really enjoyed this one.
It was a fun album, the hits were definitely the highlight though
Our Lips Are Sealed is surprisingly solid lyrically for a pop song. I liked the album more than I thought I would and only knew their two hits prior to listening.
Very pleasantly surprised. Really expected cheesy 80s pop and, while there we’re definitely strong elements of that (especially in the vocals), it some really solid tracks. Favorite tracks: “Lust To Love,” “This Town,” and “Automatic”
Fine a bit thin. A couple of the tracks are filled but a couple are real bangers.
Upbeat and sometimes hypnotic. Great to listen to when you're cleaning up around the house.
Really liked this. It grabbed me in the first 15 seconds and didn't let go. Every track is catchy, melodic and fun. Apparently it is 'new-wave'. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I would describe this as danceable, exuberant pop music played on guitars, with a bit of a punk edge. If this is what new-wave is, then I like new-wave. 4.5/5.
Bright, breezy, catchy..... like a prototype Kenickie without the snot nosed attitude. Enjoyed it immensely
Tiene muy buenas canciones, su problema siempre ha sido que lo sacaron con una producción muy popera, les falta la fuerza que tenían en directo.
Loved it bb
They really do have the beat.
Our Lips Are Sealed is amazing. The rest was listenable!
"How much more" was my favorite non-hit track. I also liked "You Can't Walk in Your Sleep" and "Can't Stop the World"
- feels like classic 80's - female beach boys - soundrack for a teenage movie where the outcast listens to this - very fun, DRUMS
Nice, saw them in concert in2018
catchy stuff. didn't expect to listen to the entire thing in one go at 730am. also didn't expect i'd start cleaning during it. feeling energized
This was a super fun album. Great early pop-punk songs and really well produced. This record casts an unacknowledged and long shadow on guitar pop bands to follow. 3.5/5 Favourite track: "Skidmarks on My Heart"