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  1. As I understand it the Go-Go’s were pretty punk at first (I think they used to go by the Misfits), but before they ever started recording they had already become poppier.

    You’re right, though - just because they went pop doesn’t mean they weren’t good. My personal favorite misunderstood pop/punk would probably be Blondie (and to a lesser extent the Clash, who to many people are probably just that cheesy eighties band that did “Rock the Casbah”).

    Comment by Joel — 03/04/2021 @ 02:37:39 AM

  2. Yeah, the first formed as The Misfits in 1978, one year after Glen Danzig’s original band also formed under that name. So they kinda had to find a new name. “We Got The Beat” contains a semblance of their original punk sound, but they went the pop route pretty quickly.

    Blondie was forever villified by unreconstructed punkers like The Ramones for going mainstream (and beyond — Blondie actually went disco with “Rapture” and “Heart of Glass”). Predictable — the old guard who wouldn’t/couldn’t go commercial are always going to snipe at the graduates.

    And hey — I happen to like “Rock the Casbah”!

    Comment by CT — 03/04/2021 @ 11:21:13 AM

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