When I was a little kid, one of my very favorite things to do was put on “concerts” where I would basically construct a “set list” of anywhere from 13-20 songs (including an encore) that I would compile into a mix tape and play, and then pretend that I was a performer giving a concert. These songs would be a mix of genders, but for the most part they were all songs by female artists. Yeah, George Michael would find his way in there somewhere, along with a ballad by White Lion or something. Sometimes my friend Jennifer would come over and we would pretend to be a singing duo group and sometimes fight over which songs we each got to perform at our concerts.*
But two of my very favorite songs to perform also happened to be two of my first cassingles, “Rush Hour” by Jane Wiedlin, and “Summer Rain” by Belinda Carlisle. Little did I know at the time that they both came from the Go-Go’s, which I only knew because of “Our Lips Are Sealed” anyway (my Go-Go’s obsession came much later in life). My favorite things about the Jane Wiedlin video are the dolphins she’s riding, and how she’s wearing a guitar but there’s no guitar in the song. And why is Belinda Carlisle wearing that big frumpy dress that makes her look like an eccentric art teacher at a rural elementary school?
*Yes, I was really fucking gay, get over it.