The evolution of summer classic Vacation

All summer long, the CBC's Chris dela Torre is delving into the stories behind some popular songs, or in this case, a video.

The Go-Go's 'Vacation' peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982

The Go-Go's are one of the most successful all-female bands ever and their single, Vacation, was the first to be released as a cassette single. (Courtesy of the Go-Go's)

The Go-Go's were one of the biggest all-female bands of the 1980s, and are still one of the most successful today. Their first record was called Beauty and the Beat and it's the only No. 1 album in history by an all-girl band that actually writes and plays its own music.

Listen to the CBC's Chris dela Torre as he explores the story behind the song:

Vacation was the first song ever to be released as a cassette single and during the 1980s, the song's music video was king.

Summer anthems

Every Thursday this season, Chris dela Torre will look at the history behind a summer song.

With a debut record that was a No. 1 hit, the Go-Go's record label gave them $50,000 to make the music video for Vacation, which was a lot of money at the time.

In the video, the Go-Go's are doing synchronized faux water-skiing in matching pink princess outfits but here's what really makes the video interesting — the members of the Go-Go's were all extremely drunk at the video shoot.

Vacation was shot over one long day and as the band tells it, they got so bored they sent out someone to get champagne.

A few years ago, guitarist Jane Wiedlin, said in an interview "If you look in our eyes, we're all so drunk. We didn't even try to make it look like we were really water-skiing."

Despite that, the video went on to peak at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It also hit No. 23 on the Canadian Singles Chart and No. 13 on the Billboard Top Tracks.

The Go-Go's released two more albums before breaking up in 1985. They released a greatest hits album in 1994 followed by an album of new material in 2001.