Talk Show (The Go-Go's album)

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Talk Show
Talk show album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Go-Go's
Released March 22, 1984
Recorded Genetic Sound, England, Spring–Fall 1983
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 37:08
40:02 (with "Good for Gone" B side)
Label I.R.S.
Producer Martin Rushent
The Go-Go's chronology
Talk Show
Singles from Talk Show
  1. "Head over Heels" / "Good for Gone"
    Released: March 1984
  2. "Turn to You" / "I'm with You"
    Released: June 1984
  3. "Yes or No" / "Mercenary"
    Released: September 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A−)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Talk Show is the third studio album by the American rock band The Go-Go's, released on the I.R.S. label in 1984. Although some critics considered it an inspired return to form[3] after their sophomore effort Vacation, other than the No. 11 hit single "Head over Heels",[4] the album was a relative commercial disappointment, peaking at No. 18[5] and selling fewer than 500,000 copies. This would be the last all-original album by the group until 2001's God Bless The Go-Go's.

Many of the songs on the album have not been performed regularly by the Go-Go's in concert since the band regrouped in the early 1990s. The group's original breakup occurred shortly after the album and tour were completed. Only "Head over Heels" has been played live on a regular basis by the band and in Belinda Carlisle's solo show. Some songs haven't been played since the 1984 Prime Time tour.

The music video for the second single "Turn to You", which peaked at No. 32 in the US Billboard Hot 100,[4] featured a starring role for rising-star actor Rob Lowe; the song was written about baseball pitcher Bob Welch, a one-time boyfriend of Charlotte Caffey. The video director, Mary Lambert, went on to work on several other videos, including hits by Madonna, and on films, such as Pet Sematary. The music video for the album's third single, "Yes or No", was released shortly before the group's breakup was announced, possibly hurting the song's sales and chart performance (peaked at No. 84).[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Head over Heels" Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine 3:38
2. "Turn to You" Caffey, Jane Wiedlin 3:48
3. "You Thought" Gina Schock, Valentine 4:12
4. "Beneath the Blue Sky" Valentine, Wiedlin 3:00
5. "Forget That Day" Wiedlin 4:25
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "I'm the Only One" Valentine, Danny B. Harvey, Carlene Carter 3:29
7. "Yes or No" Wiedlin, Ron Mael, Russell Mael 4:04
8. "Capture the Light" Wiedlin 3:15
9. "I'm with You" Schock, Wiedlin 3:37
10. "Mercenary" Wiedlin, Valentine, Caffey 3:40
CD edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Good for Gone" Schock, Valentine 2:54


Band members