The Go-Go's - Beauty And The Beat

The Go-Go's - Beauty And The Beat

Fun story from my youth: Growing up a metalhead with lots of metalhead friends this band and this album were one of my guilty pleasures that I was constantly defending myself over.  My teenage defense always started with "yeah but the singer is hot".  (Which, point of fact, no one has ever disagreed with.)  But I've got to tell you this is one of the best pop albums the 80's ever produced in my mind. 

Their debut album originally released in 1981, the two big hit songs ("Our Lips Our Sealed" and "We Got The Beat") were chosen for the right reasons.  They are the poppiest, catchiest songs on the record and make perfect sing-a-long-in-your-car-just-like-in-the-video songs.  But the rest of this album deals with slightly darker subject matter, incorporates elements of punk and post-punk influences and isn't nearly as radio friendly as you'd imagine.   I'm not saying they'd rival The Cure or Black Sabbath for 'darkness' factor but this band's body of work was much more impressive and talented than just their radio singles.  Highly recommended though if you are looking for something to put on to dance to in your kitchen.