Quiz about The GoGos 7
Quiz about The GoGos 7

The Go-Go's 7 Trivia Quiz


How well do you know The Go-Go's discography and chronology? Earn your Doctorate in Go-Go Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude.

A multiple-choice quiz by SpyderFuzz. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
SpyderFuzz
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
410,583
Updated
Jan 20 23
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Author's Note: Here's a hint to which Go-Go had written the lyrics to a song. Jane, Charlotte and Kathy wrote 80% of the lyrics for The Go-Go's. If a question asks which Go-Go wrote a "deep track" on an album, only one of these songwriters will be in the choices. However, if a question asks which Go-Go wrote the lyrics to a signature song for The Go-Go's, all three songwriters may be in the choices.
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1. Which Go-Go solely wrote the lyrics to the song "Kissing Asphalt" on the album "God Bless The Go-Go's"? Hint

Belinda Carlisle
Charlotte Caffey
Gina Schock
Paula Jean Brown

2. Which Go-Go exclusively wrote the lyrics to the original version of the song "Vacation"? Hint

Belinda Carlisle
Jane Wiedlin
Charlotte Caffey
Kathy Valentine

3. Which Go-Go wrote almost half the lyrics on the album "Beauty and the Beat"? Hint

Kathy Valentine
Belinda Carlisle
Charlotte Caffey
Jane Wiedlin

4. The Go-Go's released the song "Turn to You" as a single from the album "Talk Show." Do you know which song was on the B-side of this single? Do you? Hint

I'm with You
Mercenary
Good for Gone
Yes or No

5. Which song on the album "Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's" doesn't credit any member of The Go-Go's on its lyrics? Hint

Lust to Love
Living at the Canterbury
Let's Have a Party
London Boys

6. Which compilation album by The Go-Go's was the first to contain never previously-released songs? Hint

Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's
Totally Go-Go's
Greatest
VH1 Behind the Music: Go-Go's Collection

7. Regarding The Go-Go's song title on their album "Vacation," what is "This Old Feeling"? Hint

Love
Loneliness
Desperation
Subservience

8. Regarding The Go-Go's unreleased song title from 1978, who is "Robert Hilburn"? Hint

American poet
Punk rocker
Navy Admiral
Music critic

9. The Go-Go's released their hit song "Vacation" on which album? Hint

Talk Show
Beauty and the Beat
Vacation
God Bless the Go-Go's

10. Which song by The Go-Go's portrays "rain pouring from the sky," "wind pushing birds around" and "trees crashing against the window of a ghost hotel"? Hint

Living at the Canterbury
Forget That Day
Screaming
Vacation


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which Go-Go solely wrote the lyrics to the song "Kissing Asphalt" on the album "God Bless The Go-Go's"?

Answer: Charlotte Caffey

Charlotte solely wrote "Kissing Asphalt." Of the 13 songs on the album and its two singles, Charlotte has solely written one and co-written eight; therefore, Charlotte contributed the most by composing 29% of the lyrics on the album.

Writing 29% of the lyrics on an album may not seem like much; however, the 13 songs on "God Bless The Go-Go's" have a total of 13 co-writers. Each of the five Go-Go's contributed to the lyrics as well as eight outside writers: Billie Joe Armstrong, Heatherton, Susanna Hoffs, Steve Plunkett, Craig Ross, Jill Sobule, Peter Stuart and Jim Vallance.

Eight outside writers is the most on any of The Go-Go's studio albums, and Charlotte's "Kissing Asphalt" is the only song on this album with one writer. Jane Wiedlin co-wrote nine of the 13 songs to contribute 22% of the lyrics on the album.
2. Which Go-Go exclusively wrote the lyrics to the original version of the song "Vacation"?

Answer: Kathy Valentine

While with The Textones in 1980, Kathy had exclusively written "Vacation" and released it as a single. While with The Go-Go's two years later, Charlotte and Jane helped Kathy rewrite "Vacation" and according to Caffey's documentary interview in "The Go-Go's" (2020), "I really felt like the original version kinda went down and this, it [melody] should have gone up" (Ellwood, 2020).

According to an interview with Songfacts, Jane changed the original line "I've thought a lot of things about you" to "Can't seem to get my mind off of you" as well as "Go-Go-fying it" by adding a chorus (Wiser, 2007).

The music video for "Vacation" cost $50,000, which was high in 1982. According to an article in Los Angeles Times with Bill Berger, executive vice president of Arista Records, the average cost for a video in the early 1980s was about $25,000 (Hunt, 1989).
3. Which Go-Go wrote almost half the lyrics on the album "Beauty and the Beat"?

Answer: Charlotte Caffey

Of the 12 songs on the album and its four singles, Charlotte earned 49% of the lyrical credits; Jane earned 32%; Kathy 8% and Belinda 4%. With Charlotte solely writing three songs, Jane writing one and both co-writing four, Charlotte and Jane wrote over 80% of the album!
4. The Go-Go's released the song "Turn to You" as a single from the album "Talk Show." Do you know which song was on the B-side of this single? Do you?

Answer: I'm with You

Two months and 13 days after releasing their album "Talk Show," The Go-Go's re-released "Turn to You" backed with "I'm with You" as a single. "Turn to You" had peaked at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 95 on Canada RPM Top 100 Singles in 1984.

The Go-Go's are always thinking of you because they wrote "you" 483 times in the lyrics of their 59 songs. In fact, "you" is The Go-Go's most repeated word and singly ahead of "the" at only 344 times. The unselfish Go-Go's have also used "you" more times than the words "me" (145), "myself" (137) and "I" (357).

Forty-six of The Go-Go's 59 songs (78%) have the word "you" and most prominently in the songs "You Can't Walk in Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" at 29 times and "Fading Fast" at 28 times. Four songs have the word "you" 20 to 25 times, seven songs 10 to 19 times and nine songs one to nine times. You are welcome!
5. Which song on the album "Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's" doesn't credit any member of The Go-Go's on its lyrics?

Answer: Let's Have a Party

The Go-Go's cover the song "Let's Have a Party"; however, Jessie Mae Robinson wrote the lyrics and the Elvis Presley originally recorded this song for the film "Loving You" in 1957. The Go-Go's have recorded three other cover songs on their albums:

** Album: "Vacation" (1982); Song: "Cool Jerk"; Writer: Donald Storball; Original Artist: Capitols; Original Release: single (1966)
** Album: "Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's" (1994); Song: "Johnny Are You Queer?"; Writer: Bobby Paine and Larson Paine; Original Artist: Josie Cotton; Original Release: single (1981)
** Album: "Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's" (1994); Song: "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"; Writer: George Morton; Original Artist: Shangri-Las; Original Release: single (1964)
6. Which compilation album by The Go-Go's was the first to contain never previously-released songs?

Answer: Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's

The compilation album "Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's" was the first to contain never previously-released songs and was sold as two different versions: one-disc with 18 songs or two-disc with 36. The one-disc version contains three never previously-released songs, the two-disc contains nine and both contain three new songs: "Beautiful", "Good Girl" and "The Whole World Lost Its Head."
7. Regarding The Go-Go's song title on their album "Vacation," what is "This Old Feeling"?

Answer: Love

Lyric: "A million times said...In as many songs...But before you...I could never sing along...I love you...I do." The feeling, love, is old but "It's new to me...I'm not sure...How I should be."

The Go-Go's love the word "love" because they use it 61 times in the lyrics of their songs. Sixteen of their 59 songs (27%) have a variation of the word "love" and most prominently in "Lust to Love" at 20 times, "This Old Feeling" at nine times and "Skidmarks on My Heart" at seven times. One song has the word "love" four times, two songs at three times, four songs use it twice and six songs once.
8. Regarding The Go-Go's unreleased song title from 1978, who is "Robert Hilburn"?

Answer: Music critic

According to Wiedlin's interview with The A.V. Club, "Robert Hilburn was a sort of LA legend. He was a rock-music critic. 'Robert Hilburn' was a scathing song about him. It's kind of a dumb move for a young band trying to get somewhere to actually criticize Robert Hilburn, but I don't even know if he ever heard about it. Or if he did, by the time he heard about it, we were doing so well, that he didn't dare not like us."

Continuing in the interview, "It wasn't that he actually criticized us. I was just saying he was a 'poser,' which, back in the '70s, was the biggest insult you could put on someone" (Adams, 2011).

Seven years later, the "poser" seemed to relish their breakup by writing, "The clock has finally struck midnight in one of pop's most engaging Cinderella stories. The Go-Go's have broken up. Despite the band's vow to continue last October when co-founder Jane Wiedlin left the L.A.-based quintet for a solo career" (Hilburn, 1985).
9. The Go-Go's released their hit song "Vacation" on which album?

Answer: Vacation

The Go-Go's first released the title track "Vacation" as a single to promote the album "Vacation" in 1982, and it had ranked on 11 music charts: #6 US Cash Box Top 100, #8 US Billboard Hot 100, #13 US Billboard Mainstream Rock, #17 US Billboard Dance Club Songs, #18 Sweden Top List, #23 Canada Top Singles RPM, #31 Netherlands Single Top 100, #39 US Cash Box Year-End, #43 Australia Kent Music Report, #76 American Top 40 Year-End and #87 US Billboard Hot 100 Year-End.
10. Which song by The Go-Go's portrays "rain pouring from the sky," "wind pushing birds around" and "trees crashing against the window of a ghost hotel"?

Answer: Forget That Day

According to Wiedlin's interview with Songfacts about "Forget That Day," Jane remembers the squally weather of that day during "another dramatic, tumultuous, everything-has-to-be-high-drama kind of relationship. It was all very "Wuthering Heights"" (Wiser, 2011).

"Forget That Day" may have been the beginning of the end for The Go-Go's. According to Wiedlin's documentary interview in "The Go-Go's" (2020), after asking to sing lead vocals on this "super personal" song, Jane evokes not only being rebuffed but also humiliated with "'What makes you think you're good enough to sing a song?' which is something I'll never forget hearing. It was a huge betrayal, and I did not know how to get past it" (Ellwood, 2020).

According to Carlisle and Wiedlin's interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the interviewer observed, "When her bandmates saw that scene [in the documentary] at Sundance, their jaws hit the floor. Everybody was horrified, as to, 'Did I say that?' 'Did I say that?' Carlisle says now, 'It was addressed finally.'"

"After they approached me, we talked about it, and it was a very emotional conversation," Wiedlin says. "I'm not gonna say who said it because that would be just mean. Who cares? It's super water under the bridge" (Grow, 2020).
Source: Author SpyderFuzz

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