The Textones: “Vacation”

Posted: December 3, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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The Textones released Vacation in 1980. Their guitarist, Kathy Valentine, later joined The Go-Go’s who covered the song in 1982. Vaction was one of The Go-Go’s highest charting singles, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. But undoubtedly the song’s most prestigious accolade is the distinction of being released as the first known cassette single or “cassingle” as trademarked by I.R.S Records.

The Original

The Textones:


The Most Popular

The Go-Go’s:


The Cover Songs Competition


Johnny Aloha vs. MU330


Johnny Aloha:


Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.



Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

  1. Cuspid says:

    I like the real original, the pseudo original, and both covers. Simple riff, simple lyrics, simple tune – all the makings of a great song.

  2. RDubbs says:

    I agree with Cuspid, all four versions are good clean fun. I had never heard of The Textones before researching the song for the blog. And interestingly enough, aside from the YouTube video, only one web source made mention of Vacation originally being by The Textones. I like their original take more than The Go-Go’s but both are worthy numbers. Likewise, both Johnny Aloha and MU330 did themselves proud with their covers. I’m gonna go with JA on this one. It has been a particularly gloomy day and Aloha’s version made me crackup each of the two or three times I listened to it.

  3. Pete Black says:

    Didn’t know about the original but I like the rawer sound to balance the catchy melody. Johnny Aloha was fun but halfway through you know the joke and the languid stroll took it’s toll. MU330 seemed so over the top super speed that it seemed like a parody of itself. Spinal Tap for ska/punk.

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