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The Go-Go’s provide spirit and fun at Chastain

meetandgreet12Lou Grant might hate them for it, but the Go-Go’s have spunk – plenty of it, even three decades into a career that peaked in the ‘80s, weathered solo detours, in-fighting and personal problems.

Back on tour for the “Ladies Gone Wild” tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beat,” their debut album, the quintet of sparkplug guitarist Jane Wiedlin; quietly precise keyboardist/guitarist Charlotte Caffey; beauty queen singer Belinda Carlisle; and the anchor of the group’s sound, drummer Gina Schock and Kathy Valentine; charmed a small but fun-seeking crowd at Chastain Park Amphitheatre Tuesday night.

From the first metronomic thumps of Schock’s floor tom – a hallmark of her playing – for the opening “Vacation,” fans surged to their feet and stayed there throughout the 80-minute show.

Though these ladies – renowned for being the first all-female group to play their own instruments, write their own songs and top the charts – scaled the charts throughout the ‘80s with a string of sudsy pop singalongs, their roots have always leaned toward melodic punk.

“How Much More” and “Tonite,” both lesser known songs from “Beauty,” showcased the band’s crunchy power pop side, while “This Town” demonstrated their knack for sweeping pop-rock.

Throughout the show, it appeared that the days of inter-band sniping and “drama” referenced by Wiedlin had been shelved, even if only for the time spent on stage.

Wiedlin in particular seemed to enjoy herself as she ran in circles and, with Carlisle, humorously bopped across the stage to exhibit some classic ‘80s dance moves. Clearly, last year’s knee surgeries after Wiedlin’s scary hiking accident have healed well.

Carlisle, always the focal point of the group, gracefully swung her hands and her hips to the music, her unique voice sounding particularly husky (in a good way) on a Go-Go-fied version of her solo hit, “Mad About You,” which benefited from Schock’s busy floor tom work and dual guitars (for the trivia minded: Andy Taylor of Duran Duran played the guitar solo on the studio version of the song).

While the ladies’ rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper” was musically tough – and a well-chosen cover – Carlisle’s vocals warbled a bit, a hitch quickly rectified by a featherweight fun “Cool Jerk.”

gogosbeauty By the time the show arrived at “Our Lips Are Sealed,” a song that still sounds like sunshine, and “We Got the Beat,” steered by Valentine and Schock’s driving rhythmic intro, the audience was completely flushed with nostalgia.

Never a bad state to be in.

Earlier in the evening, the Tom Tom Club, the early ‘80s offshoot of Talking Heads, performed a 45-minute set of intricately crafted New Wave-pop songs that quickly reminded of their originality and quirkiness.

It’s almost impossible to believe bassist Tina Weymouth is nearly 61. Not only does she still play tremendously, laying down a sinewy groove with drummer husband Chris Frantz, but she emits an impressive youthful spark.

An array of congas, keyboards and a DJ (“Kid Ginseng”) decorated songs such as “The Man with the Four Way Hips” and “She’s Dangerous,” while a version of the Talking Heads’ “Take Me to the River,” sung by guitarist/cowbell maven Victoria Clamp, chugged appropriately.

Of course the show’s highlight was an extended rendition of Tom Tom Club’s most recognizable song, “Genius of Love,” filled with its trademark “ribbet”-ing keyboard chirps and modernized with some turntable scratching from Kid Ginseng.

But it was “Wordy Rappinghood” – the band’s 1981 dance hit that is still reminiscent of Blondie – that might have best exemplified their kooky charm.

49 comments Add your comment

Butch Carpetmuncher

August 10th, 2011
6:05 am

First

Totally MILFs

downsouth

August 10th, 2011
8:09 am

“…a version of the Talking Heads’ “Take Me to the River,…”

c’mon, that’s an Al Green song.

or did you mean it to read, “while they played a cover of the Talking Heads cover of the Al Green song “Take Me to the River”??

one of the GoGo girls put out a book about their antics from back in the day, and those ladies were partying pretty hard back then.

Giada's real man

August 10th, 2011
8:10 am

I’ll take sloppy seconds.

Wink

August 10th, 2011
8:57 am

Good review of the night. I thought the Go Go’s got better as the night progressed. I was disappointed in the number of people in the audience. I guess their fans who enjoyed them in high school and college are too old to go out on a Tue night.

Susan

August 10th, 2011
9:12 am

I was there with 6 of my gal friends..We LOVED it! :-) Had a great time, danced, and so glad to see the original group. We made lots of friends handing out glow sticks. Good times.

Jinxo1964

August 10th, 2011
9:54 am

Susan, thanks for the glow stick you gave to my little boy!! Great show, by the way; lots of fun!

Hillary Rodham Clinton

August 10th, 2011
9:58 am

Glad to see a good turnout by the Lesbian crowd last night. I was “head over heels” all night !

When is the next Indigo Girls show?

crackbaby

August 10th, 2011
10:09 am

@downsouth – EVERYBODY covered that song. Only the Talking Heads version was noteworthy.

Wish I went to see TTC. Go Gos headlining failed to excite me, though.

dtanner

August 10th, 2011
10:12 am

how old are these old bags,got to be at least 60 right?

Anthony "The Package" Weiner

August 10th, 2011
10:56 am

Nice looking group of MILF’s. I’d do them all!

Fact Checker

August 10th, 2011
11:25 am

Not the first group of women to play their own instruments by a long shot. Isis, Fanny, Runaways, Girlschool, Rock Goddess, Orchids and many more predated the amazing Go-Gos.

Big Dawg

August 10th, 2011
11:42 am

She was yelling Go Go and I was …..

Jeff

August 10th, 2011
11:43 am

@dtanner, what the hell is YOUR problem? They are old enough to whip your punk ass

Jeff

August 10th, 2011
11:45 am

@factchecker….you may be right….but how many of those listed are still around? Or even had a MARGIN of success like the Go-Go’s? I’ll tell ya….NONE! Plus the Go-Go’s wrote their own songs. They controlled everything. Didn’t have someone telling them what they should and shouldn’t do. Don’t be such a bitter queen….

Sam

August 10th, 2011
11:45 am

The crowd at Chastain always talks so much. I always wish they would choke on their whole foods chicken and Costco spin dip. Was this show any better or still the lame season ticket crowd?

Richard Bagge

August 10th, 2011
11:57 am

Naw, Bryan Ferry’s cover of “Take Me To the River” is even better than the Heads’.

steve

August 10th, 2011
12:13 pm

factchecker: I was thinking the same thing. The Runaways predated go gos and were much better. Girlschool was awesome too and much more musically adept than the go gos. No. They didnt see the massive success the go gos did but so what.

steve

August 10th, 2011
12:16 pm

jeff: the runaways and girlschool and the other bands mentioned wrote their own songs too.

steve

August 10th, 2011
12:17 pm

Leather Angel wrote their stuff too.

Melissa Ruggieri

August 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

Downsouth: Yes, it’s an Al Green song, but I think it’s fair to refer to it as the Talking Heads’ version when members of that band were the ones performing it.

Melissa Ruggieri

August 10th, 2011
12:51 pm

Fact Checker: Fair enough. I neglected to note the distinction that they were the first female group to not only play their own instruments and write their own stuff, but also top the charts. It’s been clarified. Thanks!

GoGo Where U Go

August 10th, 2011
1:05 pm

Maybe a little promotion of the concert would have helped bring the crowds in….I am bummed I missed it… The one of the best concerts I ever saw was the GoGo’s& B52’s. Too much fun!

Michelle Bachmann

August 10th, 2011
1:35 pm

My husband and I had the gayest time dancing to the beat. It was great and my hubby picked out the cutest outfit for me to wear. We are getting our nails done today and are still excited!

The Bangles

August 10th, 2011
1:36 pm

what about us we were an all girl band

Sarah Palin

August 10th, 2011
1:39 pm

I didn’t even know that this concert was happening. I was like totally clueless.
Like, totally clueless.
Plus I had to stay home and babysit my unwed daughter’s baby.

admiral

August 10th, 2011
1:59 pm

I was there, unfortunately. We must have been watching two different shows. I thought they sounded pretty ragged — but were at least bolstered by the fact that the opener sounded even worse.

John Edwards

August 10th, 2011
2:37 pm

I had to babysit the brat ! I was hoping to hookup with Belinda Carlisle after the show.

suzanna hoffs

August 10th, 2011
2:47 pm

remember me, i was the lead singer of the bangles, back in about 1986 i was hot,not so much anymore(kinda old and wrinkled now)

Michelle Bachmann

August 10th, 2011
2:52 pm

@ John Edwards — My dear hubby was hoping to hookup with you after the show.

LastTimeEvah

August 10th, 2011
2:53 pm

Sam, unfortunately you are right. I love the Go-Go’s and was looking forward to the show, but ended up in a shouting match with two belligerent drunks who were having a loud, continuous conversation over the music. They weren’t even paying attention. Most people who go to Chastain shows think it’s an excuse to hang out with friends and get drunk, with a soundtrack.

Sarah Palin

August 10th, 2011
2:53 pm

@ John Edwards — My unwed daughter was hoping to hookup with you after he show. You should know that she’s awfully fertile.

Bill Clinton

August 10th, 2011
3:13 pm

If I had known Sarah Palin & her daughter were at the show, I would have wondered away from Hillary’s lesbo gang.

Michelle Bachmann

August 10th, 2011
3:19 pm

@ Bill Clinton — Oh, Mr. Clinton… my dear sweet, sweet hubby REALLY wants to meet you. Why at the mention of your name he gets all giddy and excited like a young school girl.

Bill Clinton

August 10th, 2011
3:25 pm

Michelle, honey; perhaps I could fix your hubby up with Al Gore. Al’s lisp is pretty popular in Midtown.

Bill Clinton

August 10th, 2011
3:30 pm

I was hoping Belinda Carlisle would blow on my saxophone after the concert.

Barry Obama

August 10th, 2011
3:36 pm

If you can afford concert tickets to Chastain you surely are making too much money and not paying your fair share to the common welfare of your fellow Americans. I will have IRS agents do a special audit of all persons who purchased tickets to the Chastain concert series. Revenue realized from this audit will go toward my next stimulus package.

Michelle Bachmann

August 10th, 2011
3:41 pm

@Barry Obama — You know that I will have to fight my hubby to get next to you. We all know why the GOP and Tea Party envy you. You have what we crave and our men cannot give us. They fall.. short. And me and my sweet hubby want to find out of just how much there is to envy. I bet the good Lord has truly blessed you.

Michelle Obama

August 10th, 2011
4:01 pm

All yall ho’s need ta stop talkin at my man else yall gon get sprayed….

Michelle Obama

August 10th, 2011
4:04 pm

Barack aint got much in nat area but yall still better be steppin da hell off!
ELSE YALL GON GET SPRAYED!!

Sarah Palin

August 10th, 2011
4:04 pm

@ Michelle Obama. You know us Palin girls make the best ho’s. I’ll trick myself out for the right price.

Marcus Bachmann

August 10th, 2011
4:05 pm

@ Sarah Palin — Girl please.

Marcus Bachmann

August 10th, 2011
4:06 pm

@ Michelle Obama. Can we please just borrow your hubby for just one night. I can’t get enough chocolate. It’s so much more filling than vanilla.

Barry Obama

August 10th, 2011
4:08 pm

Sounds like these Republican ho’s need a little stimulus themselves. Looks like the Dark Prince will have to hit the campaighn trail a little harder in 2012 to win over the other side.

As they’ll be saying in da hood next year : Fo Mo Years !

Michelle Obama

August 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

Well, I guess so if all yall can git him to climb off Mt Oprah.

Oprah

August 10th, 2011
4:32 pm

Why would I want Barack when I have Gail?

Michelle Obama

August 10th, 2011
4:38 pm

Girl you still got Gail? I herd you done ate her with some low fat cottage cheese.
I know you still be dietin’ girl. Let’s move yall!! Hhhaaayyy!!!

Giada's real man

August 10th, 2011
5:16 pm

Dayum!!! LMAO!!!!!!

kevin

August 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

Wow, check out the complete loser with no life having a conversation using various fictitious politician’s names.

Al Gore

August 10th, 2011
9:18 pm

Kevin, lonely tonight?

Wanna go to the House of Tokyo and get a doubles massage?