For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)
I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.
Well, now I’m getting around to it!
It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.
I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.
I have always done two “Semi-Annual Theme Attic Hall of Fame Shows” a year on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)
Here’s the link for when that day comes: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )
Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!
But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.
I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.
On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.
This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!
Time is a funny thing.
When you’re living in the moment, it’s easy to get distracted by more important crucial priorities, and lose focus on the musical soundtrack of your life.
But, if you’re lucky, eventually things settle down, and you get a chance to reassess your music choices.
I guess I’m talking about myself more than you, the reader.
And fortunately, I was in on The Go-Go’s right from the beginning!
“Beauty and The Beat” was a wise State Discount purchase that brightened a somewhat darker time of my life.
However, the spirited bouncing rhythms and tight harmonies of Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Shock, and Kathy Valentine pulled me through the summer of 1981!
They were fun to follow!
They had a snarky flippant attitude!
And they appeared to be an organic all female band, not gimmicky like The Runaways.
Yes, I’m familiar with many other legendary female groups like Fanny or The Slits.
But The Go-Go’s had something all those other bands didn’t: A hit record!
“Our Lips Are Sealed” is the equivalent of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles!
It was an innocent song for the times, but it blew open the doors in the music world!
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” started the British Invasion! Guys wanted to make music and be in bands!
“Our Lips Are Sealed” showed that women bands were viable and could make money!
And groundbreaking they were!
The Go-Go’s are still the only female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments that has had a #1 album on Billboard! And they stayed there for six weeks with one of the greatest debut albums ever!
That album and Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1982 were the explosions that had girls wanting to make music and be in bands!
And it continues today!
The importance of this song cannot be underestimated!
One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Our Lips Are Sealed” by The Go-Go’s!!!
Here’s a bonus version of the song performed twenty years later by The Go-Go’s!
The innocence and playfulness is fun in the original video. I love the confidence in the live version!
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