Vacation (The Go-Go's song)
|Single by The Go-Go's|
|from the album Vacation|
|Released||June 26, 1982|
|Writer(s)||Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin|
|The Go-Go's singles chronology|
The song proved to be one of the Go-Go's highest charting singles, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the August 1982. The song was released on 7" vinyl format, with the surf rock song "Beatnik Beach" as the single's B-side. "Vacation" carries the distinction of being released as the first known cassette single or "cassingle" as trademarked by I.R.S Records.
The song Vacation was previously recorded and released by the Textones. This earlier version was written solely by Kathy Valentine and can be found somewhere in the Google universe as well as on a Chiswick EP and 45.
The video starts by showing the song's title on a photo in a travel brochure. It depicts the band first waiting on a pile of luggage at an airport after Belinda Carlisle arrives via a taxi. Gradually it changes to show them performing, then ends with a section in which they appear to be water-skiing in formation, as per the album cover. All the band members smile and mug for the camera in individual closeups. The photo then freezes and zooms out to be shown in another travel brochure on the floor, which an unseen janitor sweeps up, along with other trash (most likely from the airport portion of the video).
It was shot in one very long day on a $50,000 budget, large for the time, since the band was coming off a debut album that had reached number one. "We still saw videos as an annoying waste of time," recalls Jane Wiedlin. "After seven or eight hours we sent out someone to sneak in booze." Kathy Valentine says they drank "lots of champagne. Lots." Wiedlin says the effects are evident during the closeups of the women at the end: "... if you look at our eyes, we're all so drunk. We didn't even try to make it look like we were really waterskiing."
- Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered the song for the 2011 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and appears on its soundtrack.
- The Frogs covered the song on a 1999 tribute album titled Unsealed
- MxPx covered the song on their 2009 album On the Cover II
- Cub covered the song on their 1995 album Come Out Come Out.
- One Eighty (who became Flight 180) covered the song in their 1998 album Crackerjack under BEC Recordings.
Used in popular culture
- The Go-Go's version is used in the 2011 motion picture Jack and Jill.
- "Vacation" was featured in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, as footage was shown of President George W. Bush playing golf prior to the 9/11 attacks.
- The song is heard in episodes of the The Simpsons ("Mobile Homer"), Duckman ("In the Nam of the Father"), Scrubs ("My Conventional Wisdom"), and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia ("The Gang Goes to The Jersey Shore").
- The song is used in the Rugrats Special Vacation. At the start of the special, the original track was heard. The producers and cast of the Rugrats permissively rewrote words to the single, basing it on the special episode, and recorded it with Cheryl Chase singing at the end of the episode.
- Kelly Clarkson covered the song in the 2003 film From Justin to Kelly.
- The song has been used in 2013 commercials for Alamo Rent a Car.
- "Vacation" - 2:59
- "Beatnik Beach" - 2:53
|Canadian Singles Chart||23|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||8|
|U.S. Billboard Top Tracks||13|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||17|
- "Retail Test for Go-Go's Cassingle". Billboard 94 (25): 4. June 26, 1982. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
- Marks, Craig; Tannenbaum, Rob (2011). I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. New York, NY: Dutton. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-0-525-95230-5.
- "Music from the Motion Picture Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked". Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- "Flight 180: Crackerjack".