Go-Go's "Club Zero" - first new song in almost 20 years coming

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Fkrol, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Fkrol

    Fkrol Forum Resident Thread Starter

    On July 31 the Go-Go's will be releasing "Club Zero," their first new original song in nearly 20 years since 2001's "God Bless the Go-Go's" album. The release will coincide with their new documentary that's premiering August 1 on Showtime.

    I've always found it disappointing how little material they've released since the '80s even though they've toured often, so while this is just one song, I'm excited. I hope some additional new material will follow.

    I can't find any preview of the song, but here's a link where you can "pre-save" the song on Spotify:

    THE GO-GO’S - Club Zero

    And here's a Twitter video of the band talking about it:


  2. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I always forget Gina's from Baltimore until I hear her talk.

    Super-Bawlmer accent there, hon! :D
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  3. Fkrol

    Fkrol Forum Resident Thread Starter

    And here it is! Fun song, very catchy, and I think it's perfect to go along with their documentary. Belinda's voice sounds a bit different than usual. I'm not sure if it's been processed or if it's a natural change.

  4. Porkpie

    Porkpie Forum Resident

    I like it! Sounds like she’s channeling Michael Stipe.
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  5. mbrownp1

    mbrownp1 Forum Resident

    Absolutely fantastic.
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  6. lou

    lou Senior Member

    " Hey . . . we've got something to say . . . here we come"
    Go-Gos meet the Monkees! I like it!
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  7. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    It's ok, but it ain't no Bangles., or even.....Luscious Jackson.:)
  8. Fkrol

    Fkrol Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Haha I never would have thought of that but I can hear it now.
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  9. Devin S

    Devin S Just slightly ahead of my time

    Got a touch of Auto-Tune on it. Standard practice these days. But who cares, catchy little song anyway.
  10. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    St. Louis
  11. spsimmons

    spsimmons Forum Resident

    Peoria Illinois
    Digging it!!
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  12. Fkrol

    Fkrol Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Agreed. I wish there was none used but it doesn’t kill my enjoyment of the song. I actually notice it mostly in the first verse and then after that not so much.
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  13. Porkpie

    Porkpie Forum Resident

    Is the documentary out now? I doubt it will get a UK showing for ages so will need to grab it online.
  14. Fkrol

    Fkrol Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yeah it came out yesterday. I’m in the US but I haven’t watched it yet. I may have to sign up for a trial with Showtime just to watch it. I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews so far.
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  15. LSP2003

    LSP2003 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Documentary is very good. It has some great interviews with people that I hoped would be in it. Don't expect much from the period after the original break-up.
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  16. billybudapest

    billybudapest Well-Known Member

    And the F-Bombs!! Oh my....:agree:
  17. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    California Day
    Did they talk to Paula Jean Brown?

    By the way, The Go-Gos appeared on Entertainment Tonight last night. I never watch that show, but happened to catch it. They talked to the band members and played a bit of the new tune.
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  18. Celebrated Summer

    Celebrated Summer Forum Resident

    I hope this is a Caffey original. Or a Wiedlin tune. Or by Caffey-Valentine.

    One of the best things about this group was they penned their hits themselves and didn't bring in those corporate-driven Perrier-drinking "songwriting teams" to bolster their compositions. Their first three albums really hold up. Their pop-punk-surf sound was theirs. They needed no outside help, save for the producers they used.

    I like that the new tune draws parallels to Avril Lavigne and others who were influenced by them, even if it was second- or third-hand.
  19. Davido

    Davido I got a bird that whistles I got a bird that sings

    Enjoyed the new song which would not sound out of place on the last Go.Go's album (that was a quick 20 years!). Just listened to an interview with Jane Wiedlin who apparently started the song, and brought in Charlotte Chaffey to help out, and she also name checked Kathy Valentine so it's a real group effort. Eager to watch the documentary which is getting great reviews.
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  20. Marry a Carrot

    Marry a Carrot Interesting blues gets a convincing reading.

    Los Angeles
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  21. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    Great to hear a new Go-Go's song!! Catchy and rocking!

    Yes it has all the hallmarks of modern recording:
    Belinda's autotuned voice
    No sense of space in the mixing and mastering
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  22. Marry a Carrot

    Marry a Carrot Interesting blues gets a convincing reading.

    Los Angeles
    It was co-written by Wiedlin, Caffey, Valentine, and Anna Waronker.
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  23. Braitman

    Braitman Forum Resident

    Apparently the film is rather superficial and disappointing. Mediocre review in today's SF Chronicle.
  24. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    Whoa, I didn’t realize Anna was part of it. That’s awesome. Love her writing.
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  25. Fkrol

    Fkrol Forum Resident Thread Starter

    In addition to “Club Zero,” Anna Waronker co-wrote “I Think I Need Sleep” from the “God Bless the Go-Go’s” sessions, which was criminally left off of the main track list. It’s a better song than the the majority of that album. I think she’s Charlotte Caffey’s sister in law or something like that.

    I watched the documentary this afternoon and it lived up to my expectations. I thought it was great. I really appreciate that even the people who have reason to have sour grapes with the band are included, including original bassist Margot and manager Ginger. A lot of the most surprising and hard-hitting info I had already learned from Kathy Valentine’s fantastic memoir, but even so, I was glued to the screen.

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