From Rolling Stone: The Go-Go’s began as a comically inept all-girl punk novelty act, but within a few years they had made a #1 debut album that yielded two Top 20 hit singles (“Our Lips Are Sealed” and the gold “We Got the Beat”) and were selling out arenas on tour.
Belinda Carlisle, who had been a cheerleader in high school, nearly became a member of the seminal L.A. punk band the Germs. With Jane Wiedlin, another L.A. punk scene regular, she began playing guitar. A more experienced guitarist, Charlotte Caffey, soon joined them, and they recruited a rhythm section in the inexperienced Olaverra and Bello.
The group debuted as the Go-Go’s at Hollywood’s punk club the Masque, with a 11/2-song set. Though onlookers considered them another hilariously daring bunch of amateurs, they began rehearsing in earnest and soon recruited Gina Schock, a serious and adept drummer who’d toured briefly with cult-film star Edie Massey and her Eggs. By that time the Go-Go’s had been playing the punk circuit for nearly a year, their sound gradually growing from punk to a Blondie-ish bouncy pop rock.