Great Rock Albums of 1984: The Go Go’s- Talk Show

Cause and effect here: From what I remember, the third album from The Go Go’s received hardly any radio airplay although the first single, “Head Over Heels” got a decent video play on MTV. That is the effect, the cause was because I think “Talk Show” is the best of their three albums in the early 1980s. They had matured as a band by this album and while the music is still in the pop-rock, new wave vein, their playing had really improved and why it’s my favourite Go Go’s album.

Of all five ladies who comprised the band, the one whose musicianship really struck me was that of lead guitarist Charlotte Caffey. I’ll be the first to admit that she doesn’t hold a candle to Girlschool’s Kelly Johnson in the female lead guitarist sweepstakes, she does some okay solos on the tracks. “Turn to You,” “Beneath the Blue Sky” and “You Thought.” She also plays keyboards and her best efforts if probably on “Head Over Heels.” Fair play, Caffey is a very underrated musician for sure. Speaking about underrated, I think that drummer Gina Schock is much better drummer than what she’s given credit for. All drummers reading this are welcome to comment here.

Actually, I think “Talk Show” is heavier than their previous albums, “Beauty and the Beat” and “Vacation.” The songs I mentioned in the previous paragraph are all fairly hard. Not metal but they are hard enough to be a step up, “Turn to You” especially. “I’m the Only One” is even harder though. It almost explodes onto you at the beginning and that is kept up throughout the song making it the hardest rock song on the album. Plus, it has Caffey’s best guitar solo. Okay, it’s my favourite track on the album. “Capture the Light” is pretty good as well and “Mercenary” is a cool closer that gives further support to my feelings in Gina Schock’s drumming.

Track Listing:

  1. Head Over Heels
  2. Turn to You
  3. You Thought
  4. Beneath the Blue Sky
  5. Forget That Day
  6. I’m the Only One
  7. Yes or No
  8. Capture the Light
  9. I’m With You
  10. Mercenary

The Go Go’s

Belinda Carlisle- lead vocals

Charlotte Caffey- lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

Jane Wiedlin- rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Kathy Valentine- bass, backing vocals

Gina Schock- drums, percussion, backing vocals

It is possible that “Talk Show” being my favourite Go Go’s album was why they broke up after it. I hope it’s not the case but after 1984, the Go Go’s would be no more. Lead singer, Belinda Carlisle would have a successful solo career towards the end of the decade, (I’ll cover those albums in due time) and Jane Wiedlin would have a couple of hits but for me, she’ll always be Joan of Arc in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Still, the end of the road for a band that was just discovering how good they could be.

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6 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1984: The Go Go’s- Talk Show”

  1. hanspostcard Says:

    I really liked this album. I had it on cassette tape and haven’t listened to it for many years but it brings back this memory- I was in college when this album came out and I ran every day. I remember putting this in my Sony Walkman and running– a great album and a good one to run to! Underrated.

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    • Ah, very underrated album! I’m glad it was able to provide such good memories for you. I used to have a Sony Walkman but I didn’t do any running by then.

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      • hanspostcard Says:

        At that time I thought the Sony Walkman… its never going to get any better than that! Usually for me at least individual songs have provided memories of other events- rarely does an album do it. I did upgrade this album to a CD- I think I need to listen to it today. The first half of the 80’s=better music than the second half, I believe.

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      • The Sony Walkman was considered state of the art at the time. My biggest memory was when I took mine to Amsterdam where I got to listen to some of my favourite albums on cassette while frequenting the coffee houses. For me, it can be either songs or entire albums depending on what they are.

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  2. I would never think to check out anything by The Go Go’s, but you’ve got me intrigued!

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