After disbanding in 1985, The Go-Go's have gotten back together periodically to record new material and tour. In 1994, they recorded some new songs for Return To The Valley Of The Go-Go's, a compilation album which was released in 1995. This track was the group's first Top-40 hit in the UK.
Go-Go's guitarists Jane Wiedlin and Kathy Valentine wrote this song. Says Wiedlin: "We were sitting around just sort of musing about how nutty the world has become, and I think Kathy said, 'Well, what about this line for a title: The Whole World Lost Its Head.' And I was like, hmmm, seems kind of worthy. I was actually kind of unsure about it as a title, because it just wasn't that easy to say and stuff. But then we just started, for fun, writing all these silly lyrics - silly but true, and topical. The next thing you know the song was written and it was really just sort of an exercise in having a good time as writers. So we went back to it and said, 'Okay, well, this is actually a real song now. So let's hone it a little.' So we ended up taking out some of the silliest lines. Sometimes I regret it, though, because I know we had one line, because I'm such a Star Trek fanatic, about plastic surgeons giving everyone Spock ears. And we ended up taking that one out, but now I wish we'd left it in. I still crack up when I think about that line." (Here's our full Jane Wiedlin interview.)