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The spunky and aggressive pop-punk sounds of Go Betty Go first blasted out of a Glendale, CA, garage in 2001. Sisters Nicolette and Aixa Vilar (lead vocals and drums, respectively), guitarist Betty Cisneros, and bassist Michelle Rangel gigged hard around the area and began turning heads in both the Latin community and L.A. rock scene. Go Betty Go inked a deal with SideOneDummy Records in the fall of 2003, and their debut EP, Worst Enemy, was issued the following spring. They toured seemingly nonstop from coast to coast behind it before entering the studio with producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly) to lay down a full-length album. The resulting record, Nothing Is More, was released in September 2005, but when Go Betty Go suddenly canceled the end of their supporting tour, rumors began to circulate that they were breaking up. Though that was not the case, Nicolette did ultimately exit the band's ranks in early 2006 and the remaining gals found her replacement by May in new lead singer Emily Wynne-Hughes.
Go Betty Go is an all-girl pop punk band from Los Angeles that, along with bands such as Union 13, Los Abandoned and Left Alone, were prominent in the southern California Chicano Punk scene in the mid-2000s.Fadroski, Kelli Skye (2007-01-09). "Punk rock en español". The Orange County Register. Fadroski, Kelli (2007-01-30). "SoCal's Generation of Spanish Punk". Campus Circle. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
The band formed in Glendale, California in 2001 and originally consisted of sisters Nicolette Vilar (lead vocals) and Aixa Vilar (drums) along with Michelle Rangel (bass) and Betty Cisneros (guitar). The name originates from a phrase the band used to chant to try to get guitarist, Betty Cisneros, to start a song.
The band released two CDs for SideOneDummy Records. The first was "Worst Enemy" in 2004. The second was "Nothing Is More", produced by Flogging Molly’s Ted Hutt, in 2005. They also took part in the Warped Tours of 2004 and 2005."Go Betty Go Biography". Sing365.com. Retrieved 2010-12-25. Bodmer, Lora (Nov 2002). "Go Betty Go Interview". Modest Proposal Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-25. Swann, Jennifer (2005). "Go Betty Go interview". Skratch Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2010-12-25. ASIN B0001LYFS6, Worst Enemy [Enhanced, EP] ASIN B000AMJD6U, Nothing Is More Bowar, Chad (2005). "Interview: Go Betty Go". Modern Fix magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-25. ASIN B00023B1DK, 2004 Warped Tour Compilation ASIN B0009G3B56, 2005 Warped Tour Compilation Burger, David (June 26, 2008). "Warped Tour: One size doesn't fit all". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-27. "VANS WARPED TOUR". The Washington Post. Aug 5, 2005. Retrieved 2010-12-27. Pitts, Nathan M. (Jun 9, 2005). "VANS WARPED TOUR - Sound Check". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
They have received favorable attention in the press, such as:"The next Go-Gos Los Angeles music industry insiders are all abuzz about all-girl punk band Go Betty Go" (Indiana Gazette),"Nothing Is More showcases Go Betty Go as a versatile group able to swing effortlessly from speed-punk workouts to mellow ballads" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and San Antonio Express News),"One song they wrote during those sessions was I'm From L.A., which would become the Glendale band's anthem, a song so pouty, smart and rollicking it could fit in with the Go-Go's proud brand of earlier L.A. girl power" (Los Angeles Times),"they bang out the snappiest three-chord tunes around" (Newsweek),"A steady stream of club dates and prominent write-ups in L.A. Weekly and La Opinion have led to a spot on the testosterone-fueled Warped Tour and label deal with SideOneDummy Records." (Springfield News Leader),"head to the King King for that super hot girl group Go Betty Go" (Los Angeles Times) and"Similar hype should surround Go Betty Go after strong showings at Hard Rock Cafe and Emo's Annex" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Featured Works:Their single, 'C'mon,' from their 'The Worst Enemy EP' album was featured in the Burnout 3: Takedown video game. Rinzler Buckingham, Jane (July 3, 2004). "The Next Gos-Gos". Indiana Gazette. Retrieved 2010-12-27. Rinzler Buckingham, Jane (July 7, 2004). "The Next Gos-Gos". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved 2013-08-18. Burr, Ramiro (Oct 10, 2005). "Go Betty Go Grows with new CD". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-27. Boucher, Geoff (Jul 8, 2007). "'I'm From L.A.'; Go Betty Go". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-27. Ali, Lorraine (September 12, 2005). "Snap Judgment: Music". Newsweek. Retrieved 2010-12-27. "Music: Go Betty Go doesn't fall back on sex appeal". Springfield News Leader. Jul 15, 2005. Retrieved 2010-12-27. Cuda, Heidi Siegmund (Mar 27, 2003). "Buzz Clubs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-27. "The Biz May Have Lost Its Way, But The Music Can't Be Stopped". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. March 28, 2004. Retrieved 2010-12-27. "IGN Articles". IGN Music. August 23, 2004. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
In February 2006, lead vocalist Nicolette Vilar left the band causing the band to cancel the end of their current tour. After holding auditions, in May 2006 a replacement was found in Emily Wynne-Hughes.
In August 2007, bassist Michelle Rangel posted an announcement on the band's web site stating that she was leaving the band. A replacement was found in Phil Buckman, who is currently playing bass with Filter.
The band reunited with the original four band members in July 2012."Nicollette Vilar leaves Go Betty Go". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Go Betty Go finds new vocalist in Emily Wynne-Hughes". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Go Betty Go". gobettygo. 2007-12-25. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Go Betty Go". gobettygo. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Go Betty Go op Myspace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3’s, foto’s en Videoclips". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Official FILTER". Official FILTER. Retrieved 2010-12-28. Gabriela, Hilda (2012-07-26). "C’mon! The Return of Go Betty Go". Al Borde. Retrieved 2012-08-14. Whiteside, Jonny (2012-06-02). "Pop-punk band with Glendale roots returns to the stage". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
In January 2009, the band's lead singer, Emily Wynne-Hughes, auditioned for American Idol during its eighth season, where she sang "Barracuda".
She passed the audition but was eliminated during the Hollywood round."Emily Wynne-Hughes — Audition — American Idol 8". Rickey.org. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Emily Wynne Hughes". Mahalo.com. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "Go Betty Go singer competes on American Idol". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2010-12-25.