"In the fall of 1994, IRS records was planning to release a special collection of old Go-Go's material. Though Miles Copeland had the right to put out a boxedset of our material, the idea of him gathering our B-sides, rarities and outtakes along with the hits, without our input, upset all of us girls. Miles may of owned the songs legally, but they were our lives. We couldn't just let him open the vaults without being there. Or could we?
We talked about our options. As we saw it, we had three---- fight him and lose, ignore him, or get involved and try to add some new luster to the old gems. We chose the last, and the end result was that we decided to write and record some new songs and make our our reunion permanent. The idea of getting back together, was far fetched as it might have sounded a couple years earlier, felt strangely right. Timing is everything with this band. The five of us were having fun together. Why not?
To prepare for Return to The Valley of the Go-Go's, I listened to tons of old tapes and soaked up the memories of an era that was bright, fun and full of youthful enthusiasm. I knew not everything had been golden, but there was a spark and spirit on those tapes that was magic and couldn't ever be duplicated. In the studio, Jane and Charlotte were in reflective moods; Charlotte was pregnant and looked wonderful and Jane was mellow and mature. Since Charlotte was pregnant and close to her due date, we enlisted Vicki Peterson from The Bangles to substitute on lead guitar and she did a fantastic job. She fit right in, starting with gigs at the Coach House and the Troubadour." --- Belinda @travels_with_mrs_mason
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