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The Go-Go's: Talk Show (IRS)

Laura Fissinger, Musician, May 1984

CAR 'N' BAR dance bands area pop staple with a frequently short shelf life. One or two albums into some of these careers, then it's Judy's turn to cry. Between the sophomore-slumped Vacation and Talk Show, apparently, it was the Go-Go's turn. Not that they were ever cartoons, but Talk Show has an inner voice of sadness and anger that we might not have expected. It stumbles under that emotional weight as often as it runs, but no bones get broken. Some pop bands are crippled forever after their first steps into the dark side.

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