45 RPMs: The Go-Go’s Our Lips Are Sealed

Give no mind to what they say
It doesn’t matter anyway

beauty and beat peachI was only 7 years old when the Go-Go’s debut album, Beauty and the Beat, and its first single, Our Lips Are Sealed, were released in 1981, but I still remember standing in the middle of a department store begging my mother to buy me the record. The cover art – with the Go-Go’s wearing towels and face cream – was mesmerizing, and it was impossible not to start moving and singing along immediately upon hearing those first notes of Our Lips Are Sealed.

From that first song, the Go-Go’s made a huge impression on me when I was younger. They made me want to start my own all-girl band (until years later when I realized I had absolutely no music talent). They were more relatable somehow than many other music acts at the time – like they could be your older sister and her friends, only much, much cooler.

lips sealed videoOur Lips Are Sealed is one of those songs, like so many that came out in the early years of MTV, that I can’t hear without immediately thinking of the video. The song just makes you want to drive around town in a convertible or splash around in a fountain. It peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and, in 2000, Rolling Stone named it one of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs of all time.

A couple of different versions of the 7″ single were released in 1981 – one with Surfing and Spying as the B side and another with We Got the Beat as the B side. Each version had its own picture sleeve. A nice copy with the picture sleeve costs about $5. our lips are sealed 1our lips are sealed 2



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