With a title like this, I suppose I should have chosen The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” for the kickoff of 80’s Mania Mondays. Under most circumstances, I would have. The song does fit the criteria for this new category of posts, which will feature songs from that decade we love to love (or love to hate), the 1980’s. There will be some 80’s pop featured here, along with other genres.
The inspiration for today’s song came from a Honda commercial. You’ve probably seen it by now, but if you haven’t take a look:
It almost makes me want to get a Honda CR-V. Then I snap into reality and remember that as of the current moment, I don’t have a car payment. I like the sound of that. Unless I win a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot, that’s going to have to wait (of course it might help if I actually played either of those lottery games. Gotta play to win!).
Anyway, hearing the song in the commercial helped me remember one of my favorite pop songs from the 80s, The Go Go’s “Head Over Heels.” The group burst onto the music scene in 1981 with their debut album Beauty and the Beat, which contained the hits “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got The Beat.” The album was a huge success and has been cited as one of the more important albums in establishing new wave music in the U.S. After their second album Vacation, didn’t reach the heights of their debut, the group released the Talk Show album in 1984. The lead track from that album, “Head Over Heels” just missed the Pop top ten, peaking at #11.
Not long after that, the group started breaking up as interpersonal turmoil began to take a toll on the members. Rhythm guitarist Jane Wiedlin was the first to go, followed by lead singer Belinda Carlisle and guitarist Charlotte Caffey. Carlisle went on to have a fairly successful solo career, with several top ten hits. The group would reunite off and on over the years, though bassist Kathy Valentine has not returned to the group since a lawsuit was filed by her against the group in 2013. That lawsuit was settled out of court. Earlier this year, the Go Go’s announced that there would be a “farewell tour,” (without Valentine), and promoted the tour with a recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live television show.
Watching the video, it’s fun watching Carlisle do a version of what we now call “The Carlton,” when those of us who grew up during the decade know that dance as a standard 80’s dance move. This song brings back memories of many fun songs we heard during that time.
I hope you enjoy today’s debut song in the new 80’s Monday Mania category. As always, thanks for reading and listening.