I’ll take the inflation if we can get back the spirit of the time
The Billboard Hot 100 for 1982 is rich pickings. What a rocking year for music. I’ve chosen the Go-Gos’ smash hit because it evokes wonderfully the swagger and sexy vim of the early Reagan Era. Belinda Carlisle was the California girl who gave the band surfer coolness but it was replacement bassist Kathy Valentine who brought real musicianship to the mix and made the former punks truly swing. What I love most about this track is her killer bassline.