Claps, Clicks & Whistles #16

Blimey, has it been over a month since I wrote one of these? Blame The Chain (which I think we can safely say is now a fortnightly occurrence, by the way).

So I’ll keep this brief.

I love The Go-Go’s. I’ve listened to this track several times, trying to work out if that noise – you’ll know it when you hear it – is a foot-stomp or a hand clap, or a combination of the two. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably several hand claps layered on to each other.

Have a listen for yourselves:


The Go-Go’s – Head Over Heels

That came out in 1984, shortly before the band split (for the first time), and comes from the Martin Rushent produced ‘Talk Show’ album. It’s by far the best thing on there.

But back in 1981, they released this, which definitely features some hand claps, and which is, without doubt, one of my favourite singles of all time (which you can tell, because I think this is probably the third time I’ve found an excuse to post it):


The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed

Still sounds as great today as it did way back when.

More soon.

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9 thoughts on “Claps, Clicks & Whistles #16”

  1. Jez,
    You’re right about Talk Show, but I do have a soft spot for the song Turn to You as well. Was a minor hit here in America, peaking at No. 32. I just looked at the band’s chart positions and was shocked to see Our Lips Are Sealed was the only charting single in the UK. Not even We Got the Beat made it. Shocking. Got to No. 2 over here. They were a much bigger deal in their home country.

    1. Not quite, Brian: when they reformed to mid-90s to promote Greatest Hits album Return to the Valley of the Go-Go’s, they had a Top 30 hit over here with The Whole World Lost Its Head. But you have a point, the UK charts were a poorer place without them. We really missed out.

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