Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Go-Go's: Live @ The Whisky a Go-Go 3/15/80 (opening for Madness)

Whisky a Go-Go
West Hollywood CA

March 15, 1980
(opening for Madness)

7 tracks total
(incomplete set - first track cuts in).
Sound quality: B-
Artwork & upload by MaxPericles for SpinCycleMedia
(Thanks to the original tapers whoever they may be!)

File type:  FLAC (Lossless)
Size: 104.18 MB (RAR Archive)
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01 Cool Jerk (cuts in)
02 Fashion Seekers
03 We Got The Beat
04  Johnny Are You Queer?
05 London Boys
06  Surfing And Spying
07  (Remember) Walking In The Sand

A historical show if there ever was one in the history of the Go-Go's, this one taking place in the spring of 1980 (March 15, to be exact) and recorded at the Whisky a Go-Go supporting British ska superstars Madness.  The boys in Madness were so impressed with the girls that following this show, they asked the band to support them on a tour of their native U.K.  The girls subsequently hocked everything they owned in order to afford airfare over there for the three-month long tour of duty.  Their Madness connections secured them a singles deal through the label Stiff Records, who released their demo versions of "We Got The Beat" b/w "How Much More" in May of 1980 for the girls to sell at shows.  While the single did little for their career abroad, import copies started setting dance floors on fire in the States, and the girls returned to the U.S. having an enormous underground dance hit.  And the rest is history as they say....  

The sound quality of the show is a bit rough but it gives a good representation of the pre-polished spunk of the band at the time.  Love the "Is HE really going out with him...?" intro to "Johnny Are You Queer?".  Set is incomplete and the first song cuts in. 
Photo credits: ? but many from the wonderful http://gogonotes.blogspot.com/,  and the now defunct PlanetGoGos site. Some most likely take by legendary punk photographer Jenny Lens (check out her site at http://jennylens.com/ ) or Theresa K. (http://punkturns30.blogspot.com/) - those two have taken so many pictures of pre-fame Go-Go's they should probably get a credit anytime a pre-1981 shot of them is included.  Currently, I can't find the exact credits for the above photos, but if you are a photographer and you find a photo on this blog that you have taken, please let me know and I would be more than happy to either credit you or remove the photo if that is your wish.   Heartfelt thanks to those mentioned above for making the researching and designing of this blog what it is - it couldn't have been done without them!


  1. Splendid, thanks so much for this show, very cool!!

  2. Thanks for this early show.

    I hope you will continue to post more in FLAC.

  3. Thank you so much, it's incredible to still be able to find new gems like this. The Fashion Seekers performance is especially good here. But they seem way out of it during Walking In The Sand, that's funny ! I hope you'll be able to keep posting early Go-Go's shows like this one.

  4. Awesome! Thanks! I never knew this existed!

  5. I was there and Bruce Foxton of the Jam wanted our table and got us moved.

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