Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Vacation

First recorded by The Textones (1980).
Hit version by The Go-Go’s (US #8 1982).

From the wiki: “‘Vacation’ was written by Karen Valentine and first recorded by her group, The Textones, in 1980 for release in the UK. The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin recalls [from Songfacts.com] ”Vacation’ was Kathy’s song, and Kathy was the last Go-Go to join. She joined at the beginning of ’81 and she brought that song with her from her band, The Textones. We really loved the song, but it didn’t really have a chorus. So Charlotte and I ended up working with Kathy a little bit more on the song, and sort of Go-Go-fying it.’ The Go-Go’s recording charted Top 10 in the US but did not have any impact on the UK Singles chart.”

The Go-Go’s, “Vacation” (1981):

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