We Got the Beat

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"We Got The Beat"
Single by The Go-Go's
from the album Beauty and the Beat
B-side "Can't Stop the World"
Released UK: July 27, 1980 (original version)
US: January 16, 1982 (re-recorded version)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980, 1981
Genre New Wave, post-punk, pop rock
Length 2:32
Label Stiff (1980), I.R.S. (1981, 1982), A&M (1982)
Writer(s) Charlotte Caffey
Producer(s) Richard Gottehrer, Rob Freeman
Certification Gold (CRIA, RIAA)
The Go-Go's singles chronology
"Our Lips Are Sealed"
(1981)
"We Got the Beat"
(1982)
"Vacation"
(1982)

"We Got the Beat" is a song recorded by the American rock band The Go-Go's. Written by the group's lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, and considered to be their signature song, the band recorded the song in 1980 and it was released in July as a single in the UK on Stiff Records. The song's single release brought the Go-Go's underground credibility in the UK. The song climbed to number 35 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart due to the popularity of the song in clubs as an import. It was later featured on the soundtrack album of the 2001 Nickelodeon movie "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"

Background, composition and release[edit]

Clocking in at only two-and-a-half-minutes, the song is instantly recognizable by its drumming intro. Lyrically, the song is a simple ode to dancing to a good beat, hanging out, and looking cool. In line with a trend of early 1960s revival also seen in bands like The B-52's, The Rezillos, and numerous powerpop and ska revival bands,"We Got the Beat" mentions various early 60s dances, such as the Pony, the Watusi, and Go-Go dancing (which could also be interpreted as a self-reference). The song's music video received heavy airplay on MTV at the time and consisted of a simple live concert performance of the song and gained further exposure by being used in the opening sequence of the Amy Heckerling-directed film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). The following year the Go-Go's re-recorded the song for their debut album Beauty and the Beat. Released in January 1982, the song was the album's second single.

Chart performance[edit]

"We Got the Beat" became the Go-Go's biggest hit, spending three weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, behind Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n Roll". It was during the song's time in the U.S. top ten that Beauty and the Beat topped the U.S. Billboard 200.

Legacy[edit]

The song was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.[1] The song is playable in games Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, Rock Band 2 and Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party. Also plays during the credits to Romy & Michele's High School Reunion and opening sequence to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In films, "We Got the Beat" was include in Brimstone & Treacle (1982) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), and in the "The Restraining Order" episode of "Samantha Who?". The song also was used in an episode title of the hit teen show Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" Single (1980, Stiff Records)
  1. "We Got the Beat" (Caffey)
  2. "How Much More" (Caffey/Wiedlin)
UK 7" Single (1981, I.R.S. Records)
  1. "We Got the Beat" (Caffey)
  2. "Skidmarks On My Heart" (Caffey, Carlisle)
US 7" Single (1981, I.R.S. Records)
  1. "We Got the Beat" (Caffey) - 2:30
  2. "Can't Stop the World" (Valentine) - 3:22

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 35
Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
Canadian Singles Chart 3

Debby Ryan version[edit]

"We Got the Beat"
Debby Ryan - We Got the Beat.jpg
"We Got the Beat" cover
Promotional single by Debby Ryan from the album Radio Rebel
Released February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)
Format Digital download[2]
Recorded 2012
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:22
Label Marvista Entertainment
Writer Charlotte Caffey
Producer Matthew Gerrard, Ali "Dee" Theodore, Matthew Tishler

"We Got the Beat" is a cover of the hit Go-Go’s song recorded by American singer-songwriter Debby Ryan, which premiered on February 18, 2012 and was released as a digital download on February 21,[2] as promotional single. The song was included on the soundtrack of the movie Radio Rebel. "We Ended Right" was written by Charlotte Caffey and produced by Matthew Gerrard, Ali "Dee" Theodore, Matthew Tishler.

Background, development and release[edit]

A midtempo pop rock song, "We Got the Beat" exhibits elements of Alternative rock and Pop. Built on a beat, multi-tracked harmonies, the song's instrumentation includes slow-bouncing electric guitar and drums. The song was written by Charlotte Caffey and produced by Matthew Gerrard, Ali "Dee" Theodore, Matthew Tishler.[3] The song was released exclusively for radio premiere in February 11, 2012 on Radio Disney. The song was release for digital download in February 21, 2012[2] only in United States and Canada by Marvista Entertainment. In an interview with Shine On Media, Debby Ryan commented about how she chose the song.[4]

"'We Got the Beat' has been one of my favorite songs for a long time. The song in itself and the vibe is all really really great. I kind of updated it a bit more, put it a little 2011. You hear some stutters and a couple things that are in pop music. We tried to stay really close, not only having old school live instrument grunge rock with a little bit of a 2012 dance beat."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

This version of the song received mixed reviews from music critics. Anna Peel to BSC Kids said the song is a little disappointing. She commented "I loved the original “We Got The Beat” but I’m kind of lukewarm on Debby Ryan’s version. Debby’s got a lot of talent, but I just can’t get excited about this version".[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed and produced by Debby Ryan[6] and choreographed by Alyson Stoner.[7] In the video Debby and her friends dance in some places that includes a graffitied wall that reads "Who is Radio Rebel?". The music video for the single premiered on Disney Channel on February 13, 2012.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download single
  1. "We Got the Beat" – 2:22

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[2] February 21, 2012 Digital download Marvista Entertainment

Other cover versions and parodies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Experience The Music: One Hit Wonders and The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". Rockhall.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "We Got the Beat - Single by Debby Ryan". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Original Soundtrack Radio Rebel". Allmusic. 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Behind-the-Scenes of Debby Ryan’s "We Got the Beat" with Alyson Stoner!". Sillykhan. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Official Music Video For Debby Ryan’s "We Got The Beat"". BSC Kids. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Debby Ryan Makes Radio Rebel Announcements About "We Got The Beat"". Disney Dreaming. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Alyson Stoner Helps Debby Ryan With Her "We Got The Beat" Music Video". Disney Dreaming. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Debby Ryan Premieres "We Got the Beat" Music Video!". Sillykhan. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  9. ^ Target - Back to School 2012 - English Teacher on YouTube

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