The Go-Go's are still stars

Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM ET

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The Go-Go's in Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, from left, Kathy Valentine, Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock and Jane Wiedlin.

The Go-Go's received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday and that got us thinking about the many years that have passed since, well, we had the beat.

The female new wavers got their start in the late '70s and scored a hit with their debut album, "Beauty and the Beat," in 1981. They released the follow-up, "Vacation," in 1982. Millions of album sales and 30-plus years later, let's say that star is well-deserved.

You can't listen to The Go-Go's and not smile and appreciate the joy of girl pop in the '80s. If this music isn't on a cassette tape somewhere in your house, at least go here ... and then go here. And Belinda Carlisle? Let's just crown her America's record-player sweetheart of our youth.

You know you danced like this. You Go-Go, girls.

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The Go-Go's, performing during a TV special in 1984, from left: Gina Schock, drums; Kathy Valentine, bass and lead guitar; Belinda Carlisle, lead vocals; Charlotte Caffey, keyboards; Jane Wiedlin, rhythm guitar.