Smokey Robinson, who was a member of The Miracles, wrote this. He could write some very deep and heart wrenching songs, but was also capable of some lighter, fun tunes like this one, which is about going dancing. A Go-Go is a '60s disco.
The Rolling Stones released this as a live track in 1982. It is on their album Still Life. Their version went to #1 on the Canadian charts for 2 weeks, following Queen's "Body Language" and preceding Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger."
Suggestion credit: Kent - Toronto, Canada
The album Going To A Go-Go was reissued in 2002 with 3 unreleased bonus tracks.
Not many people notice that "Go-Go" is also a music style which originated local to Washington, D.C., USA. It was an offshoot of Funk and R&B music styles, with lots of lo-fi percussion (such as the bongos here) and a generally loose jam style. Along with the music style came the infamous go-go clubs and go-go dancers, who were more the predecessors to the exotic dancers we have today practicing pole dance than anything else. At the time of the '60s, outright nude dancing was still frowned upon, so dancers in skimpy outfits (sometimes in cages to protect them from rowdy patrons) were the closest they could get.
The Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California, was one of the seminal go-go clubs and also the first to use cages suspended from the ceiling for dancers. Note the name: both 'whiskey' and 'whisky' are correct spellings. Here's the official website for Whisky A Go-Go.
There are two cult-schlock-classic films that bear mentioning as being saturated in go-go culture: One is The Wild World of Batwoman, in which the titular heroine is force-fed some "happy pills" by the villain, which cause spontaneous involuntary go-go dancing. Don't ask! The other is the equally-zany Rat Pfink a Boo Boo, which closes with the song "Go-Go Party." There's numerous other bits of go-go culture on display here as well, but both films are low-budget productions famous for being "so bad they're good."
Jennifur Sun from RamonaSadly wicki doesnt list who played sax, and bones on this song. does anyone know?
Jennifur Sun from RamonaMy all time fav Funk Brothers tune. Just listening to the opening by Benny and James just makes my heart happy.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 31st 1966, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles performed "Going To A Go-Go" on NBC-TV program 'Hullabaloo!'... One month earlier on December 19th, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 6th, 1966 it peaked at #11 (for 2 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100... It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart... On the record label the group's name was simply 'The Miracles'; in Feb. 1967 they released "The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage" with their new name 'Smokey Robinson & the Miracles'... In 1982 the Rolling Stones covered it; their version reached #25 (for 3 weeks) and stay on the Top 100 for 11 weeks.
Kristin from Bessemer, AlI LOVE the bongo opening at the beginning of the song - you sure won't be able to sit down after this record plays!
Kent from Toronto, CanadaThe Rolling Stones' live version of "Going To A Go-Go" (from the album "Still Life" even went to Number One in Canada (and stayed at the top for two weeks, following Queen's "Body Language" and preceding Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger".
Kathy from Jasper, Al I once read a funny story about this song on the internet. I don't remember who the guy was but he thought at one time that the lyrics were "going to a boat show" instead of "going to a go-go".