It was first recorded by The Go-Go’s as the opening track on their 1981 album Beauty and the Beat and served as their debut American single in June 1981. The single eventually reached top 5 in Australia and Canada, and top 20 in the United States. Although originally written and performed with three verses,[an abbreviated version of the song appears on Beauty and the Beat.
In 1983, Hall’s band, Fun Boy Three, released their version of “Our Lips Are Sealed”. Issued as a single, the track became a top ten hit in the UK, and remains the best known version of “Lips” in that country — the Go-Go’s version, while a hit elsewhere, only made #47 UK.
In 2000, Rolling Stone named “Our Lips Are Sealed” one of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs of all time.