An early version of this song was released as The Go-Go's first single in May, 1980. It came out in England on Stiff Records, which was home to The Specials and Madness, both groups The Go-Go's toured with in England. In America, the group was signed to IRS Records by Miles Copeland, who managed The Police. In the US, Our Lips Are Sealed was their first single, followed by a new version of We Got The Beat in January, 1982. This release was The Go-Go's biggest hit, spending 3 weeks at #2 behind Joan Jett's I Love Rock and Roll on the US charts.