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Beauty and the Beat

Beauty and the Beat is the debut album from the Californian all-female band the Go-Go's. Released in 1981, on the IRS Records label, the album was preceded by the import single "We Got the Beat", which became a massive club hit in Europe and, later, the United States. When the album was finally released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 chart, eventually sitting at Number One for six weeks. The long playing work sold in excess of three million copies, and went double platinum, making it one of the biggest "surprise" debut albums of all time. It is now widely considered as one of the cornerstone albums of 1980s new wave music. It was the first album entirely written and performed by an all-female band to top the charts.

The title is a play on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, retold in numerous formats (one of the latest was the successful Walt Disney's cartoon). This album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. The lead single and album opener, "Our Lips Are Sealed", has been covered over the years by numerous artists, and remains a staple of 80's playlists. It is frequently cited as one of the Top 100 and Top 50 songs of the 80's. Rolling Stone magazine has named it one of the Top 100 Pop Singles of all time.

"This Town" was used as the theme song for Rich Girls, a reality show, which formerly aired on MTV. It was performed by Lillix.

Track listing

  1. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Terry Hall, Wiedlin) – 2:45
  2. "How Much More" (Caffey, Wiedlin) – 3:06
  3. "Tonite" (Caffey, Wiedlin, Case) – 3:35
  4. "Lust to Love" (Caffey, Wiedlin) – 4:04
  5. "This Town" (Caffey, Wiedlin) – 3:20
  6. "We Got the Beat" (Caffey) – 2:32
  7. "Fading Fast" (Caffey) – 3:41
  8. "Automatic" (Wiedlin) – 3:07
  9. "You Can't Walk in Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" (Caffey, Wiedlin) – 2:54
  10. "Skidmarks on My Heart" (Caffey, Carlisle) – 3:06
  11. "Can't Stop the World" (Valentine) – 3:20 +
  12. "Surfing and Spying" (Caffey) – 1:55 (single B side only)

Credits

Band

Production

  • Rob Freeman: production, engineering, and mixing
  • Richard Gottehrer: production
  • James A. Ball: assistant engineer and mixing assistant
  • Ted Blechta, Darroll Gustamachio, Gray Russell, John Terelle: assistant engineers
  • Stuart Furusho, David Leonard: mixing assistants
  • Doug Schwartz: remixing
  • Greg Calbi: mastering

Staff

Charts

Album

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Certification
U.S. Billboard 200 1 2x Platinum
Canadian Albums Chart 2 Platinum

Singles

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. MSR U.S. Dance UK singles
1981 "Our Lips Are Sealed" 20 15 10 47
1982 "We Got the Beat" 2 7 35 -

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