Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing, especially when applied to pop music, which has steadily devolved since the '90s into young people yelling phonetically over congealing hip-hop, uninspired acoustic drivel, and toothless rock music. While every generation has said that the popular music enjoyed by the one prior was "terrible" or that it is "the worst time for music," we think the millennials chasing after music blogs, vintage sounds, and avoiding the radio are on to something. This is why we're really pumped that the Go-Go's are coming to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Proof that they're actually "the most successful all female rock band of all time"? The show's already sold out.
The Go-Go's' music is always on easy-listening radio rotation, added without question to generic lists of iconic '80s hits and is second only to J. Geils' "Freeze-Frame" in montage appearances.
However, despite the kitsch of songs like "Vacation," the Go-Go's have some pretty punk-rock roots. They shared a warehouse space with Los Angeles punk legends X in the '80s, and front-lady Belinda Carlisle was briefly a member of the Germs -- arguably one of the most essential punk-rock bands ever, even though her stint was supposedly cut short by an ironic bout of mono.
At any rate, the Go-Go's have far more credibility than the average listener may realize. And whether it be for the saccharine sweet post-Phil Spector sounds that made the band famous, heady nostalgia for days gone by, or just because the band has a really great backstory, a Go-Go's show will be a great time, well, that is, if you got your tickets early.
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The Go-Go's. 8 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at The Pavilion at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40 St., Coconut Creek. Tickets cost $35 to $55 plus fees. Call 954-977-6700, or visit seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com.