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The Beauty and the Beat

The Beauty and the Beat is the debut album from Californian pop punk girl group The Go-Go's. Released in 1981 (see 1981 in music), the album was preceeded by the single "We Got the Beat", which became a massive club hit in Europe and, later, the United States. When the album was finally released, it topped the Billboard Music Charts for six weeks, and sold in excess of two millions copies, making it one of the biggest surprise hit albums of all time.

The title is a play on the fairy tale The Beauty and the Beast[?], retold in numerous formats.

Track Listing

  1. Our Lips Are Sealed
  2. How Much More (Caffey/Wiedlin)
  3. Tonite
  4. Lust to Love
  5. This Town
  6. We Got the Beat
  7. Fading Fast
  8. Automatic (Wiedlin)
  9. You Can't Walk in Your Sleep
  10. Skidmarks on My Heart
  11. Can't Stop the World


  • Belinda Carlisle - Vocals
  • Jane Wiedlin - Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • James A. Ball - Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant
  • Charlotte Caffey - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Greg Calbi - Mastering
  • Mike Fink - Design
  • Richard Gottehrer - Producer
  • Darroll Gustamachio - Assistant Engineer
  • David Leonard - Mixing Assistant
  • Thom Panunzio - Engineer, Mixing
  • Gray Russell - Assistant Engineer
  • Doug Schwartz - Remixing
  • Gina Schock - Percussion, Drums, Vocals (bckgr)
  • John Terelle - Assistant Engineer
  • Kathy Valentine - Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Vartan - Art Direction
  • George DuBose - Photography
  • Mike Doud - Art Direction
  • Mick Haggerty - Art Direction, Design, Photography
  • Ted Blechta - Assistant Engineer
  • Stuart Furusho - Mixing Assistant
  • Ginger Canzoneri - Art Direction
  • Rob Freeman - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Cindy Marsh - Photography, Illustrations

Chart positions Billboard Music Charts (North America) - singles

 1980	We Got The Beat	        Club Play Singles	        No. 35
 1981	Our Lips Are Sealed	Club Play Singles	        No. 10
 1981	Our Lips Are Sealed	Mainstream Rock	                No. 15
 1981	Our Lips Are Sealed	Pop Singles	                No. 20
 1982	We Got The Beat	        Mainstream Rock	                No. 7
 1982	We Got The Beat	        Pop Singles	                No. 2

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