The Go-Sheilas are a female-fronted pop/punk band from Orange County, CA, formed in 2006. The Go-Sheilas were formed by OC punk Andy Fisher (ex-Letdown) to take his “guitar-driven punk style” and infect it with “contagious melodies.” Fisher, on guitar, recruited ’80s pop-loving Sheila to front his band, with Dave Robinson on lead guitar, Tobie Hutto on bass, and Dan Carlton (ex-Mad Marge and the Stone Cutters, The Rezurex) on drums. So, with Fisher’s Southern California punk influence, and Sheila’s ’80s pop adoration, “The Go-Sheilas are what it would sound like if Belinda Carlisle fronted Green Day.” I would have said the Ramones meet The Go-Go’s, but, it’s the same thing. Sheila Go-Sheila (aka Sheila Fisher, Andy’s wife) does, in fact, sound like ex-Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle. And, apparently, Sheila’s day job is as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. So, Sheila, like me (U.S. Department of Defense), was, as a federal employee, furloughed (or maybe not being Homeland Security and all).
After a self-released 4-song EP in 2006, The Go-Sheilas released their debut full-length, Greatest Hits Vol.1, in 2008. “Simple Plan”, from the EP (but, re-recorded for the album), was, apparently, featured on two sitcoms, ABC‘s Notes from the Underbelly (2007-08) and Fox‘s The Loop (2006-07). Yeah, I’ve never seen those shows either. Oh, wait, I have seen The Loop with Bret Harrison from Reaper (2007-09). Anyway, Greatest Hits Vol.1, is a pretty cool album. Love the cover. It’s a fun listen through and through, nothing more, nothing less. My favorite tracks are “Vacation” – umm, I mean “Holiday” – and “Procrastination” (which sounds way more like The Go-Go’s than “Holiday” despite my dumb joke about the title). “What I Say” and “I Can Make It” are cool poppier tracks, while “Yada Yada Yada” is definitely the most punk. The intro to “True” kind of reminds me of The Only Ones‘ power pop classic “Another Girl, Another Planet”. And, of course, Sheila’s ’80s love shines on their excellent cover of “99 Red Balloons”.
Watch the video for “99 Red Balloons” here:
2006 – The Go-Sheilas [EP]
2008 – Greatest Hits Vol.1 [Album]