Tones on Tail

About Go!

"Go!" is a song by English post-punk band Tones on Tail. The song was initially a hit in dance clubs but made a number of appearances in popular culture in later years. In 1990, American electronic musician Moby used a sample of it in his 1990 dance hit of the same title. In 1997, it was featured in the film Grosse Pointe Blank and appeared on the second volume of the soundtrack. The song was also notably featured in the 2003 cult film Party Monster.


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Living it up. It's a big kick
It's good for you
Watch the big freeze slip
Crack the jackpot, get out of control
If you put yourself down
You'll never win, get out of that hole
Keep your mind open, your head up
You'll never, ever get old


Your whole world could change
If only you just broke through
'Cause your fears are doing
Nothing for you
Keep your head up, your mind open
You'll always come through
'Cause living it up, it's a big deal
It's good for you

Swap your dull grey thoughts
For fierce demands you can stand up to
Don't put yourself down, you'll never win
So let's all smash through
Through the fear of being real
Through the fear of being really you
'Cause living it up, it's a big deal
It's good for you

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Tones on Tail

Tones on Tail was a musical side project of Daniel Ash of the gothic rock group Bauhaus, along with art school friend, flatmate and "Bauhaus roadie" Glenn Campling in 1982. After the breakup of Bauhaus in 1983, they were joined by drummer Kevin Haskins. Their music was described by one critic as "doom-and-dance-pop". The band disbanded in 1984 shortly before Ash and Haskins went on to form Love and Rockets. more »

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12 facts about this song

Band Origin
"Tones on Tail" is an English rock band formed in 1982. The group consisted of Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and Glenn Campling. They were originally members of the seminal gothic rock band Bauhaus, making them notable figures in the post-punk era.
Single Release
"Go!" is one of the most popular singles by Tones on Tail. It was released in 1984, two years after the band formed.
Music Genre
Although Tones on Tail often incorporated elements of gothic rock into their music, "Go!" was more influenced by new wave and dance-punk.
Chart Performance
The song reached number one on the US Dance Club Songs chart, which is compiled by Billboard magazine.
Album Inclusion
"Go!" was included in the compilation album 'Everything!' released in 1984.
Lyrics Inspiration
It is reported that one line of this song, 'Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya', came about when the band's recording engineer suggested it. Daniel Ash liked the idea and incorporated it into the song.
Band Disbandment
Despite the success of "Go!" and a few other popular tracks, Tones on Tail disbanded in 1984 - the same year the song was released.
Cover Version
The song has been covered by various artists over the years, indicating its enduring popularity, including pop singer Moby.
Prominent Usage
"Go!" has appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials, perhaps most notably in the show '13 Reasons Why', which introduced it to a new generation of listeners.
Band Members' Future
After Tones on Tail disbanded, two of its members, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, went on to create the successful alternative rock band Love and Rockets.
Cultural Influence
In addition to its successful chart performance and broad usage in pop culture, "Go!" has also been identified as a significant influence on the early development of the house music genre.
Number of Versions
There are over 15 different versions of "Go!" by Tones on Tail. The variations come from different remixes and edits.

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