We Got The Beat

Did My Lip-Syncing Prove We Got The Beat?!

Ghoul Mourning Maniacs!

It was the 80’s and it was easy to love the Go-Go’s! Great peppy music, that was based on punk rock roots, performed by an all girl group. Did you have a favorite? I did. Gina Schock, the drummer! I’m a drummer and at that point, she was the only girl drummer I ever heard of and she was cute! Ok, still is.
We Got The Beat

Their album “Beauty and the Beat” came out in 1981 and it was full of radio and video friendly songs. “We Got the Beat” was definitely one of them.

[Via] The Go-Go’s Vevo

My teacher that year, decided to have our class put on a talent show. Just our class and I can’t recall the reason behind it. So, we had to figure out something as it was graded. Non participation equaled a zero.

There were gymnastics and cheerleaders and some musical acts. My friends, Dave and Chris, decided to join me and do something. A lip sync act.

Ok, I turned to my sister Kathy, for help. She was gigging around town and had tons of top 40 sheet music. She had “We Got the Beat” and I figured it could work. Everyone knew the song and it would be funny if three dudes were lip syncing to an all girl group! She worked with me on some of the cues and singing and I could lead the guys. (Well, that was the plan.)
We Got The Beat

I think we rehearsed once and we were sworn to secrecy about the origin of our act, other than letting the teacher know. Then came the show date.

After a rousing round of tumbling and cheering, (I remember one of the girls tumbling to Journey music) a clarinet trio or something, it was our turn. Oh brother!

I had the school’s drum kit and was trying to keep it real. Someone had a boom box and a cassette of the band and we “sang.” Ok, it was pretty funny! Chris and Dave pranced around and we actually kind of sang along, while I tried keeping us together, trying not to die from trying not to laugh. Looking out at the audience, I could see a few hundred boys and girls screaming with glee at our antics! As silly and bad as it was, we got the best cheers and we got a good grade for the effort. And a lot of “cat calls” for the next few days.

Oh, if Gina Shocks calls… yeah, right.

[Via] Eric F