When the Go-Go’s scored successful with their 1982 single “Trip,” the music’s music video turned an MTV mainstay. Little did viewers know, the band was “cross-eyed drunk” whereas filming the clip.
The music was initially penned by the band’s bassist, Kathy Valentine, a number of years prior. She’d loved a short romance with a younger man whereas on a visit, and wrote the tune’s preliminary lyrics on the aircraft journey dwelling.
“The quick romance had softened me, and the phrases, written from true-life longing, resonated perpetually,” Valentine later recalled in her memoir.
The bassist had been in a bunch referred to as the Textones, and it was they who initially launched “Trip” in 1979. The music garnered little consideration on the time, and Valentine joined the Go-Go’s in 1980.
The band’s 1981 LP, Beauty and the Beat, was an enormous success, going two instances platinum and scoring a pair of Prime 20 hits. When the Go-Go’s went to work on their 1982 follow-up, Valentine instructed revisiting “Trip.”
“We actually cherished the music, however it did not actually have a refrain,” Go-Go’s co-founder Jane Wiedlin recalled to SongFacts. “So Charlotte [Caffey] and I ended up working with Kathy slightly bit extra on the music, and type of Go-Go-fying it, mainly including the refrain.”
Launched June 26, 1982, “Trip” would grow to be the title monitor and first single from the group’s second album. And whereas making its music video, the Go-Go’s received slightly goofy.
“It was a big-budget video as a result of by that point we have been actually standard,” Wiedlin defined. “So we had some huge cash to do the video, which was the primary time for us, as a result of the opposite movies we simply spent, like $5,000 on or one thing. It was enjoyable, however it was a approach of working that we weren’t accustomed to. And I keep in mind it being a extremely lengthy day, like a 14-hour day, and about eight hours into it all of us have been getting actually bored and stressed, so we began ingesting.”
Watch the Go-Go’s Music Video for ‘Trip’
“We drank champagne. Numerous champagne. Tons,” Valentine admitted within the ebook I Want My MTV.
The clip featured the band in two areas – an airport terminal, and waterskiing in formation. The latter was staged utilizing a blue display — an already tacky medium that the band’s inebriation solely enhanced.
“By the point they shot the scene the place we’re on the water skis, snowboarding one-handed and waving and stuff, we have been all actually looped,” Wiedlin confessed. “It is so humorous, in the event you have a look at us, look in our eyes in these elements, we’re all like cross-eyed drunk.”
“Trip” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard chart, scoring the Go-Go’s one more hit. Nevertheless, behind the scenes fame was starting to have an have an effect on on the group, and the Trip album was met with decrease gross sales and combined important opinions in comparison with its predecessor. “Trip” could be the Go-Go’s ultimate music to succeed in the Prime 10, and by ’85 the group had disbanded.
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