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Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Music "Our lips are sealed" by the GoGo's

   Before I start with my Monday Music, We were at work and we were discussing an event that happened when one of "my" airbuses got caught in a hailstorm flying from Boston to Salt Lake City. 
   The pilot made an excellent landing with no visibility through the windshield and an inop Radar due to the damage to the radome.   Very impressive flying.
    Now I decided to roll with the GoGo's Our lips are sealed.  I liked the GoGo's, they are an all girl band, I ranked them with the Bangles. The music was considered Pop or bubblegum but the range of music showed real talent and ability...they were more then a pretty face. I remembered when they first hit the scene, it was considered "bubblegum" but I liked the music.  Part of the reason was that the lyrics sounded "French" to me...I was taking french in high school and it sounded French.....but I know differently now but at the time that is what it sounded like.
    
"Our Lips Are Sealed" is a song written by The Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin and The Specials and Fun Boy Three singer Terry Hall.
It was first recorded by The Go-Go's as the opening track on their 1981 album Beauty and the Beat (see 1981 in music) and served as their debut American single in June 1981. The single eventually reached top 5 in Australia and Canada, and top 20 in the United States. Although originally written and performed with three verses, it is an abbreviated version of the song that appears on Beauty and the Beat.
In 1983, Hall's band, Fun Boy Three, released their version of "Our Lips Are Sealed". Issued as a single, the track became top ten hit in the UK, and remains the best known version of "Lips" in that country — the Go-Go's version, while a hit elsewhere, only made #47 UK.
In 2000, Rolling Stone named "Our Lips Are Sealed" one of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs of all time.


The offical music video for the song features sequences of the band members in carefree tableaux (riding around in a convertible, stopping at a lingerie shop and splashing around in a city fountain) interspersed with footage of the band playing a club booking.
Jane Wiedlin says the band was initially unenthusiastic about doing the video when Miles Copeland, president of their label, I.R.S. Records, told them they would be doing it. "We were totally bratty," she recalls. It was funded out of unused funds in The Police's video budget.
The concept was for the band to drive around and be followed by a camera. Belinda Carlisle would sing, and the other members would do cute things. They wanted an older-style convertible and found a 1960 Buick at Rent-a-Wreck. It was, says Wiedlin, the band's idea to end the video by jumping into the Electric Fountain on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds, Beverly Hills. "I thought, at any minute the cops are gonna come. This is gonna be so cool."
She still looks back on it fondly. "I have horrible '80s poodle hair in [it]", she recalled in a 2011 history of MTV. "But there's a simplicity and innocence to the video that appeals to me." In a sequence of scenes, Belinda Carlisle can be seen trying to hide; she later admitted this was deliberate, as she thought the whole idea of music video was ridiculous and unlikely to catch on.

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