Vacation (The Go-Go's album)

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Studio album by The Go-Go's
Released August 11, 1982
Recorded Studio 55 and Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California,
Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California, 1981-1982
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 32:17
Label I.R.S.
Producer Richard Gottehrer
The Go-Go's chronology
Beauty and the Beat
Talk Show
Singles from Vacation
  1. "Vacation" / "Beatnik Beach"
    Released: June 1982
  2. "Get Up and Go" / "Speeding"
    Released: September 1982
  3. "This Old Feeling" / "It's Everything but Partytime"
    Released: December 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B−)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Vacation is the second studio album by the American rock band The Go-Go's, released in 1982 on the I.R.S. Records label. The album reached No. 8 in the U.S. Billboard 200,[4] and was certified gold.[5] The title track was a U.S. summer smash, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard pop singles chart.[6] The Go-Go's were riding high at the time of the album's first release, their future to all outward appearances looking bright. Future problems were beginning to take shape, as the members' drug use and internal fighting began to escalate.

Besides the title track, two more singles were pulled from the album at the time: "Get Up and Go" and "This Old Feeling", which were minor hits in the United States. A fourth song featured on the album, the cover version of the 1960s hit "Cool Jerk", appeared as a single in 1991 to promote the band's first compilation album, Greatest. The single "Vacation" was also issued as what was perhaps the first cassette single ever.

The song "Speeding" is a Caffey/Wiedling composition used as B-side of the single "Get Up and Go" and is also part of the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Vacation"   Kathy Valentine, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin Valentine, Caffey 2:59
2. "He's So Strange"   Wiedlin Caffey, Leonard Phillips, Glen Curtis 2:58
3. "Girl of 100 Lists"   Wiedlin Wiedlin 2:20
4. "We Don't Get Along"   Valentine Valentine 2:46
5. "I Think It's Me"   Belinda Carlisle, Caffey Caffey 2:42
6. "It's Everything but Partytime"   Wiedlin Wiedlin, Gina Schock 3:21
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
7. "Get Up and Go"   Wiedlin, Caffey Caffey 3:18
8. "This Old Feeling"   Wiedlin Caffey 3:06
9. "Cool Jerk" (The Capitols cover) Donald Storball Storball 2:53
10. "The Way You Dance"   Wiedlin, Valentine Caffey 2:56
11. "Beatnik Beach"   Caffey, Carlisle Caffey 2:53
12. "Worlds Away"   Wiedlin, Valentine Wiedlin, Valentine 4:00


Band members
Additional musicians



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1982 Gold (+ 500,000)[5]

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