Saturday Night: The Go-Go's At House Of Blues

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"Tonite" was delightful seize-the-moment New Wave, with barbed fretwork from Wiedlin and Caffey, who later dusted "This Town" with flecks of Ennio Morricone. Prodded by Valentine and Shock, Carlisle invested the melancholy minor-key pop of "Lust to Love" and "Fading Fast" with both haunting wisdom and youthful urgency. Valentine's Pete Townshend-like windmills before and during "Skidmarks On My Heart" weren't just whistlin' Dixie.

What started as a laugh when the Go-Go's took the stage to Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" became a self-fulfilling prophecy. One more song from Beauty resonated Saturday, except the Go-Go's didn't even play this one. "Can't stop the world," Valentine wrote on the album's final track. "Why let it stop you?"

The question remains unanswered, because the Go-Go's haven't yet. Hits? What hits?

Personal Bias: God bless the Go-Go's.

The Crowd: More mothers than daughters. Aftermath was hoping for a little more Girls Rock Camp representation, but hopefully they had band practice.

Overheard In the Crowd: "Why is this on?" said a woman in front of Aftermath when House of Blues started showing the Texans game on the drop-down screen in front of the stage after Girl In a Coma finished. It was a valid point; even the men in the audience had to be wondering the same thing since the Texans were up 27-7 in the fourth quarter.

Random Notebook Dump: Note to self: Search Sparks on Spotify.


Vacation Tonite How Much More Get Up & Go Mad About You Lust to Love Mother's Little Helper (Rolling Stones cover) Automatic Fading Fast Cool Jerk (The Capitols cover) Cool Places (Sparks/Wiedlin co-write) The Whole World Lost Its Head Our Lips are Sealed Skidmarks On My Heart We Got The Beat


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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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