Vacation (The Go-Go's song)
|Single by The Go-Go's|
|from the album Vacation|
|Released||June 26, 1982|
|Format||7", cassette single|
|Songwriter(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 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 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 in 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 on 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, 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, and the band was coming off a debut album that had reached no. 1. "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."
In popular culture
- "Vacation" was featured in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, as footage was shown of President George W. Bush playing golf before the 9/11 attacks.
- The song is heard in episodes of 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.
- The song is also used in the A Fairly Odd Summer movie.
- The song has been used in 2013 commercials for Alamo Rent a Car.
- The song is sang by the chipmunks at the start of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
- The Go-Go's version is used in the 2011 motion picture Jack and Jill.
- The Go-Go's version is used in the 2009 TV series Glee in the episode City of Angels.
- It was used in the first episode of the second season of Scream Queens.
- The song appears in its original form and sung as karaoke in the 2018 comedy, Like Father.
- The song appears in the credits of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- "Vacation" - 2:59
- "Beatnik Beach" - 2:53
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- ""Scream Queens" Scream Again (TV Episode 2016) - Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
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- "Dutchcharts.nl – Go.Go's – Vacation" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
- "Notowanie nr18" (in Polish). LP3. August 21, 1982. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
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- Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 18, 1982
- American Top 40 - "The Top 100 Hits of 1982" (Part 2)
- Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1982