We Got the Beat
|"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)
|Genre||New wave, post-punk, power pop|
|Label||Stiff (1980), I.R.S. (1981, 1982), A&M (1982)|
|Producer(s)||Richard Gottehrer, Rob Freeman|
|Certification||Gold (CRIA, RIAA)|
|The Go-Go's singles chronology|
"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
Clocking in at only two-and-a-half-minutes, the song is instantly recognizable by its drumming intro. The song evolved out of the group covering the song that reputedly served as the group's namesake, the 1965 hit "Going to a Go Go" by the Miracles. Lyrically, 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.
"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.
The song was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. 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.
- UK 7" Single (1980, Stiff Records)
- "We Got the Beat" (Caffey)
- "How Much More" (Caffey/Wiedlin)
- UK 7" Single (1981, I.R.S. Records)
- "We Got the Beat" (Caffey)
- "Skidmarks On My Heart" (Caffey, Carlisle)
- US 7" Single (1981, I.R.S. Records)
- "We Got the Beat" (Caffey) - 2:30
- "Can't Stop the World" (Valentine) - 3:22
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||35|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||7|
|Canadian Singles Chart||3|
Debby Ryan version
|"We Got the Beat"|
"We Got the Beat" cover
|Promotional single by Debby Ryan from the album Radio Rebel|
|Released||February 21, 2012|
|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, 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
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. 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 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.
"'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."
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".
The music video was directed and produced by Debby Ryan and choreographed by Alyson Stoner. 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.
- Digital download single
- "We Got the Beat" – 2:22
|United States||February 21, 2012||Digital download||Marvista Entertainment|
Other cover versions and parodies
- The pilot episode of the 1980s Alvin and the Chipmunks television show featured this song parodied as "We Aim to Please" as performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes.
- Hardcore Punk band Poison Idea covered the song as the b-side of their 1989 Plastic Bomb single.
- In 1999 the song was parodied as "We Got the Gifts" for Foley's 1999 Christmas ad campaign.
- Mop covered the song in A Little Curious.
- Alternative rock band Chainsaw Kittens recorded a cover of the song for their 2000 album The All American.
- Donna Air in her pop duo, Crush covered this song on their first album.
- Industrial group Bile recorded a cover of the song for their 2002 album The Copy Machine.
- Kidz Bop covered this song on More Kidz Bop Gold in 2006.
- Girl group Girl Authority covered the song for their 2006 self-titled album.
- In St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, the song is covered during a flash mob, in 2007.
- The song was parodied as "We Got the Bee" for the DreamWorks Animation film Bee Movie, in 2007.
- Sharon Leal, Ashley Tisdale and Heather Hemmens from The CW's television series Hellcats covered this song in the episode "Back of a Car" in 2011.
- Alternative rock band Eddy Current Suppression Ring covered the song where it featured on their 2011 B-sides and rarities compilation "So Many Things".
- The Glee Cast covered the song on the third season premiere "The Purple Piano Project" which aired on September 20, 2011. The cover was also played in a season three teaser promo where the cast was being hit with dodgeballs.
- Season 2 of The Glee Project covered it as their homework assignment in 2012, at the episode Dance-ability.
- Children's artist The Fresh Beat Band covered it in 2012 as heard on their album, "The Fresh Beat Band Vol. 2.0: More Music From The Hit TV Show".
- Target covered the song as part of their 2012 Back to School campaign.
- Punk rock band The Coathangers performed a version of the song in July 2014 for The A.V. Club 's A.V. Undercover series.
- Mission six cover
- The Rubyz cover
- "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.
- "We Got the Beat - Single by Debby Ryan". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- "Original Soundtrack Radio Rebel". Allmusic. 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
- "Behind-the-Scenes of Debby Ryan’s "We Got the Beat" with Alyson Stoner!". Sillykhan. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Official Music Video For Debby Ryan’s "We Got The Beat"". BSC Kids. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Debby Ryan Makes Radio Rebel Announcements About "We Got The Beat"". Disney Dreaming. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Alyson Stoner Helps Debby Ryan With Her "We Got The Beat" Music Video". Disney Dreaming. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Debby Ryan Premieres "We Got the Beat" Music Video!". Sillykhan. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- Target - Back to School 2012 - English Teacher on YouTube
- Modell, Josh (22 July 2014). "The Coathangers cover The Go-Go’s". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2014.