For most of this week (starting today, April 10, 2016), I am on vacation for a few days with my dear friend, former Mainer, and fellow former WUMFer, Shawn, heading to New York City, where Shawn has resided for many years. My last trip to NYC was in early October 2013, and Shawn took me to see the moving 9/11 Memorial, on a cool boat ride (in 85-degree weather) of New York Harbor (where I saw Lady Liberty), the amazing Strand bookstore, and one of the last concerts at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom, to see X and headliner Blondie, where Debbie Harry rocked that stage, and our crushes for Debbie came roaring back.
This time out, Shawn and I are seeing Duran Duran perform, with Chic opening, which should be pretty damn cool, considering, after all of these years, I’ve never seen either perform. Nile Rodgers has long been associated with Duran Duran, and helped them out on their latest album, PAPER GODS. The following night, I am getting my first tattoo, of David Bowie. Never ever had the urge to get a tattoo until he passed away a few months ago. Should be a great time, albeit brief.
So, with this being my first vacation since starting the blog, I thought this Go-Go’s gem from 1982 was appropriate.
“Vacation” is the title track to the Los Angeles band’s second album. The Go-Go’s were still on a high from the huge success of their debut album, BEAUTY AND THE BEAT. The single for “Vacation” debuted on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 on Independence Day weekend 1982, a month after “We Got The Beat” spent its last week on the chart.
Reaching the Top 40 in just 3 weeks, “Vacation” was riding the summer wave on the Hot 100, making it to the Top 10 in 7 weeks – the same amount of time it took “We Got The Beat” to reach the upper part of the Hot 100. “Vacation” spent 3 weeks at No. 8 in August / September 1982 and took a vacation from the Hot 100 after 14 weeks on the chart. It would be the last time the quintet would reach the Top 10, though 1984’s “Head Over Heels” came close (No. 11). It also reached the Top 20 on both of BILLBOARD’s Rock and Dance charts.
Around the globe, “Vacation” hit No. 10 in Canada, No. 18 in Sweden and No. 43 in Australia. NERDY TRIVIA NOTE: “Vacation” has the distinction here in the U.S. of being the first cassette single ever released. At the time, cassette singles (or “cassingles”) were a novelty item, but by the late 80s, cassette singles were outselling 45s and for a few years, became the standard way to release a single. I still have a couple of handfuls of them myself, though I don’t have this one…yet.
Since I’ll be on vacation and “have to get away,” I don’t believe I’ll be able to get to FOREVER YOUNG (although I hope I can), but rest assured, the blog and I will be back in no time. Hey, I get to merge two of my favorite things – 80s and writing; who wouldn’t want to come back to that?
So, until next time, take care, be good, and I’ll catch you on the flip side…