Go-Go's To Record First Album In 16 Years

LP is due in the spring of 2001.

Eighties pop-rockers the Go-Go's will head into the studio late this summer to begin recording their first album in 16 years.

The LP is expected to be released in spring 2001 on Beyond Records, according to the band's management. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin told MTV News that the group began writing in September and is teaching new songs to singer Belinda Carlisle, who lives in Europe but recently rejoined her bandmates in Los Angeles.

"[We've been] kind of taking our time and writing a lot and throwing out a lot, because obviously it's important that it be really good," Wiedlin said.

The guitarist said the Go-Go's plan to title the album Vision of Nowness, inspired by a conversation Carlisle once had with Sammy Davis Jr. "When he met her, he said to her, 'You are a vision of nowness,' " Wieldin said. "We always really loved that. It's like ... 'Wow, Sammy!' It doesn't get any better than that."

The Go-Go's, whose hits include "We Got the Beat" (RealAudio excerpt), last released Talk Show, in 1984. The group is expected to announce dates this week for their summer tour with quirky new wavers the B-52's. Meanwhile, the Go-Go's are working on a movie and book about their career.