Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

The Go-Go’s had much wisdom to impart during the 1980s, especially for L.A. girls. Their most earnest and relatable song is, of course, “Vacation.” An unwitting anthem for the minimal vacation time offered in America (though it’s really about escaping the spurning of a lover), Belinda Carlisle wails, “Vacation, all I ever wanted/Vacation, had to get away.”

It is perhaps no coincidence that the band’s heyday was in the eighties–prime oppressive office time (see: 9 to 5 and Working Girl). The yearning for escape is, thus, expressed with a sort of genuineness that only the corporate office worker can understand (not those fake office workers at startups with the laxity of an aging tit).