The Go-Go’s: This Old Feeling / It’s Everything But Party Time

gogos_this old feelingFormat: 7″
Label: IRS Records
Country: US
Year: 1982
Price paid: $2
Purchased at: The Bop Shop, Rochester NY



Talk about decorating, a room that needs sophisticating

When conversations become straining, no one’s good at interest feigning…

gogos_this old feeling2The Go-Go’s were a pretty big deal back in the day. One the best selling and hit-making female bands of all time, they chiseled away at the sausage factory that was pop music and opened the doors for many female artists to follow.

Their record label IRS knew this, or a the very least could smell the money to be made from a bunch of skirts holding guitars, and exploited their resource for all it was worth. In their zeal to release Go-Go’s product questionable choices like this single came about…

Both tracks hail from the band’s sophomore effort, 1982’s US certified gold album ‘Vacation.’ The LP spawned three hit singles- the title track, which reached #8 on the US Hot 100, ‘Get Up And Go’ which reached #46 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and ‘ He’s So Strange’ which also reached #46 on the same chart.

‘This Old Feeling’ is decidedly a second-tier offering, coming off as a 7″ hoping to ride the coattails of the ‘Theme of Summer ’82’… and as such it’s one of the rare Go-Go’s singles that DIDN’T actually chart. It’s notable that sax is provided by Steve Berlin, a member Los Lobos and the Blasters; as a session musician he’s worked with such varied acts as The Dandy Warhols, Sheryl Crow, and The Tragically Hip.

The generic yellow Go-Go’s sleeve is believed to first used on this single, but also sheathed the ‘Yes Or No’ 7″ (both versions) released in 1984,

Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High

Format: 12″ EP 
Label: Sub Pop 
Country: US 
Year: 2011 
Price paid: $8 
Location purchased: Exchange, Kent Ohio

Until recently I had never heard of The Dum Dum Girls, but they’re quickly becoming one of my favorite groups. I find their sound a fascinating and complex mish-mash of styles, ranging from west coast New Wave to British shoegazer.

I picked this one up on impulse based on the cover and its simple, iconic design. Sup Pop really went all out on the product too- the sleeve is super-thick stock that I haven’t seen commonly used since the 60s; the inner protective sleeve alone is as substantial as many contemporary exterior sleeves. Put together it’s one hefty package! Supposedly this vinyl came with a coupon for an MP3 download of the music which is, not surprisingly, gone. Undoubtedly pilfered by hipsters who bought the vinyl and then threw it away once they realized that they’d rather have the sweet, sweet digital version after all…

2011’s ‘He Gets Me High’ EP includes a cover of The Smith’s ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’:

The Dum Dum Girls are Dee Dee Penny with an oft changing cast of band members. Their name is derived from the Iggy Pop song ‘Dum Dum Boys’ and The Vaselines’ album ‘Dum Dum.’

‘I Will Be’, their debut album released in 2010, was produced by Richard Gottherer, a major player in the New Wave music scene. He had previously worked with such acts as Blondie and the Go-Go’s and co-wrote the 60’s hits ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ and ‘I Want Candy.’ His involvement here hones their sound, evoking images of west coast New Wave (much of which i tselfevoked images of older girl groups of the 50s and 60s.)