THE Go-Go's - Vacation - New Wave 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Vacation" is the 1982 and second album released by the American New Wave Rock band "The Go-Go's". The single "Vacation" was also issued as perhaps the first cassette single ever. This web-page has hi-res photos of the album covers, record label and a detailed description.


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Album Description / Collector's info: 

In the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of New Wave Rock, one album emerged in 1982 that would become a defining moment for the genre. "Vacation" by the American band The Go-Go's stands as a testament to their infectious energy, catchy melodies, and pioneering spirit. This 12" vinyl LP captures the essence of the band's dynamic sound, offering a spirited journey into the heart of New Wave.

With their second album, The Go-Go's embraced the distinctive style and sound of the New Wave movement. The band effortlessly blended pop sensibilities with punk-inspired energy, creating a fresh and invigorating sound that captured the spirit of the times. "Vacation" epitomized the genre's fusion of catchy hooks, edgy guitars, and infectious rhythms, solidifying The Go-Go's as pioneers of the New Wave Rock movement.

The titular track, "Vacation," became an instant classic and the album's most recognizable song. Its infectious melodies, spirited harmonies, and relatable lyrics about escaping the monotony of everyday life struck a chord with audiences worldwide. The song's success was further enhanced by the band's innovative release of a cassette single, setting a new trend in the music industry.

Throughout the album, The Go-Go's demonstrated their musical prowess and versatility. From the energetic guitar riffs of Charlotte Caffey to Belinda Carlisle's powerful vocals, each member showcased their individual talents while harmonizing as a tight-knit unit. The band's tight musicianship, coupled with their unique blend of punk, pop, and surf rock influences, created an unmistakable sound that set them apart from their contemporaries.

"Vacation" is brimming with infectious pop hooks that burrow their way into the listener's subconscious. Tracks like "Get Up and Go" and "We Don't Get Along" showcase the band's ability to craft irresistibly catchy melodies, underscored by driving rhythms and memorable choruses. The album's upbeat and energetic nature makes it impossible to resist the urge to sing along and dance to every beat.

Beyond their catchy hooks, The Go-Go's infused their music with lyrics that resonated with their audience. Tracks like "Girl of 100 Lists" and "Beatnik Beach" explore themes of identity, self-discovery, and female empowerment. The band's lyrics spoke to a generation seeking independence and challenging societal norms, making them an inspiration for countless fans.

Listening to "Vacation" on a 12" vinyl LP adds an extra layer of nostalgia and authenticity to the experience. The warm sound, crackles, and pops of the vinyl medium provide a tangible connection to the era in which the album was released. Holding the record in one's hands and watching it spin on the turntable creates a sense of anticipation, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the music.

"Vacation" cemented The Go-Go's status as trailblazers of the New Wave Rock movement. The album's success propelled the band to new heights, solidifying their place in music history. The Go-Go's left an indelible mark on popular culture, influencing subsequent generations of musicians and becoming a symbol of female empowerment in the rock music industry.


This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by The Go-Go's and photos. 

Music Genre:

  80s Pop

Album Production Information:

 Recorded at Studio 55, Hollywood, California. Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California. Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California.
Mixed at Record Plant, New York.
Produced by Richard Gottehrer
Sound/recording engineer Thom Panunzio

Record Label Information:

 Illegal Records ILP 85961

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

 1982 Made in Holland
Band Members and Musicians on: Go-Go's - Vacation
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Charlotte Caffey - Lead guitars, vocals
  • Belinda Carlisle - Lead Vocals
  • Gina Schock - drums
  • Kathy Valentine - Bass
  • Jane Wedlin - rhythm guitar
Track Listing of: Go-Go's - Vacation

The Song/tracks on "Go-Go's - Vacation" are:

  • Vacation
  • This Old Feeling
  • He's So Strange
  • Girl of 100 Lists
  • It's Everything But Party Time
  • Get Up And Go
  • Beatnik Beach
  • I Think It's Me
  • The Way You Dance
  • We Don't Get Along
  • Worlds Away
  • Cool Jerk
Album cover photos of : Go-Go's - Vacation
Photo of Front Cover 
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Photo of Album's Back Cover  
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Photo of Album's Inner Cover  
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Photo of Album's Inner Cover  
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Close-up Photo of Record Label 
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