Monday, May 23, 2011

The Go-Go's/Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go’s are an all-female American rock band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, California. The classic yet not totally original line-up was made up of the following members: Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar), Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar and keyboards), Kathy Valentine (bass), and Gina Schock (drums). They were formed as a punk band and had roots in the L.A. punk community; they shared a rehearsal space with X, and Carlisle (under the name "Dottie Danger") had briefly been a member of punk-rock band The Germs. Due to illness, she left The Germs before playing a gig. They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s. Personality conflicts and creative differences within the group were also taking a toll, as were drug addiction problems for some band members. Jane Wiedlin announced her departure from the group in October 1984. The band sought a replacement for Wiedlin, and finally selected Paula Jean Brown (of Giant Sand) as their new bassist, with Valentine moving to rhythm guitar. This line-up debuted at the 1985 Rock in Rio festival, playing two shows, but Carlisle and Caffey soon realized their hearts were no longer in the group and decided to disband the Go-Go's in May 1985. However in 1990 they reunited to play a benefit concert for the California Environmental Protection Act, a 1990 ballot initiative. This led to more show dates later that year. They got together once again in 1994 and they have been touring regularly since 1999. In 2011 the Go-Go's announced the Ladies Gone Wild tour to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Beauty and The Beat. Considered by some to be the most successful all-female band of all time, the Go-Go's have sold more than seven million albums.

Beauty and the Beat (1981)

Beauty and the Beat is The Go-Go's debut album, released on July 24, 1981 by I.R.S. Records. The title is a play on the European fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. In 2003, the album was ranked number 413 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This album was chosen as one of's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. The lead single and album opener, "Our Lips Are Sealed", has been covered over the years by numerous artists, and remains a staple of 80's playlists. It is frequently cited as one of the Top 100 and Top 50 songs of the 80's. Rolling Stone magazine has named it one of the Top 100 Pop Singles of all time. "We Got the Beat" has been named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The album charted to #1 in the U.S., the first time an album released by an all-female band whose members played their own instruments topped the U.S. charts. The album has sold over 3 million copies (2x Platinum discs) in the U.S. This album spawned the following singles: Our Lips Are Sealed (#20 U.S., #4 Canada), and We Got the Beat (#2 U.S., #3 Canada).


1-) Our Lips Are Sealed.
2-) How Much More.
3-) Tonite.
4-) Lust to Love.
5-) This Town.
6-) We Got the Beat.
7-) Fading Fast.
8-) Automatic.
9-) You Can't Walk in Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep).
10-) Skidmarks in My Heart.
11-) Can't Stop the World.

Vacation (1982)

Vacation is The Go-Go's second studio album, released on August 11, 1982 by I.R.S. Records. The Go-Go's were riding high at the time of the album's first release, their future to all outward appearances looking bright. Future problems were beginning to take shape, as the members' drug use and internal fighting began to escalate. The album peaked to #8 in the U.S. (Gold disc). The following singles were released: Vacation (#8 U.S., #23 Canada), Get Up and Go (#50 U.S.), and He's So Strange (#46 U.S. Mainstream Rock charts).


1-) Vacation.
2-) He's So Strange.
3-) Girl of 100 Lists.
4-) We Don't Get Along.
5-) I Think It's Me.
6-) It's Everything But Partytime.
7-) Get Up and Go.
8-) This Old Feeling.
9-) Cool Jerk.
10-) The Way You Dance.
11-) Beatnik Beach.
12-) Worlds Away.

Talk Show (1984)

Talk Show is The Go-Go's third studio album, released on January 13, 1984 by I.R.S. Records. Although many critics called it an inspired return to form after the sophomoric Vacation, other than the #11 hit single "Head over Heels," the album was a relative commercial disappointment, peaking at number 18, and selling fewer than 500,000 copies. This would be the last all-original album by the group, until 2001's God Bless The Go-Go's. Many of the songs on this album were not performed regularly by the band in concert. It has been speculated that the songs bring back painful memories from this time. Only "Head over Heels" has been played live on a regular basis (also often in Belinda Carlisle's solo shows). Some songs haven't been played since the 1984 Prime Time tour. Overall song quality is far better than on the Vacation album, and some fans credited Kathy Valentine's increased input during these sessions, as a key factor. The album was produced by Martin Rushent who has produced acts such as The Human League and Hazel O'Connor. The album charted to #18 in the U.S., selling fewer than 500,000 copies, a fact that made the album to be considered a commercial disappointment. It spawned the following singles: Head Over Heels (#11 U.S., #35 Canada), Turn to You (#32 U.S., #95 Canada), and Yes or No (#84 U.S.).


1-) Head over Heels.
2-) Turn to You.
3-) You Thought.
4-) Beneath the Blue Sky.
5-) Forget That Day.
6-) I'm the Only One.
7-) Yes or No.
8-) Capture the Light.
9-) I'm with You.
10-) Mercenary.

God Bless The Go-Go's (2001)

God Bless The Go-Go's is The Go-Go's fourth studio album, released on May 15, 2001. It was their first studio album in 17 years since the release of Talk Show in 1984. The album cover was created by photographer Maryanne Bilham. It was criticised by some Catholic groups for showing the group members posing as the Virgin Mary. The U.S. Catholic League president William Donohue criticized the band for ripping off Catholic imagery and resorting to "cheap ploys" to lure a new audience to the band. Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle replied to the critics by saying "any sort of art shouldn't be an issue. Art should not be censored. I don't get that it's controversial at all." The track Unforgiven was co-written by Green Day's frontman and songwriter, Billie Joe Armstrong. The album charted to #57 in the U.S. The only single taken from this album was Unforgiven (#22 U.S. Adult Top 40 charts).


1-) La La Land.
2-) Unforgiven.
3-) Apology.
4-) Stuck in My Car.
5-) Vision of Nowness.
6-) Here You Are.
7-) Automatic Rainy Day.
8-) Kissing Asphalt.
9-) Insincere.
10-) Sonic Superslide.
11-) Throw Me a Curve.
12-) Talking Myself Down.
13-) Daisy Chain.


Go-Go's Go!

The Go-Go's Go! is a self-made compilation that comprises the new tracks, b-sides and live tracks that appear on their compilation album Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's.


1-) Living at the Canterbury /Party Pose.
2-) Screaming.
3-) Johnny Are You Queer?
4-) Fun with Ropes.
5-) Fashion Seekers.
6-) Blades.
7-) London Boys.
8-) Let's Have a Party.
9-) (Remember) Walking in the Sand.
10-) Surfing and Spying.
11-) Speeding.
12-) Good for Gone.
13-) Good Girl.
14-) Beautiful.
15-) The Whole World Lost Its Head.

Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Jo Carlisle was born on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, California. She is a Grammy Award-nominated American singer and best-selling author who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, considered by some to be the most successful all-female band of all time and, historically, the first such group whose members wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. in 1985, The Go-Go's broke up and Belinda went on with her solo career, which has been the most successful out of all The Go-Go's members. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Carlisle and her family moved to Europe. Around the time of the Go-Go's definitive reunion tour, Carlisle appeared nude for the cover feature and a full pictorial of the August 2001 edition of Playboy. She took over the role of Velma Von Tussle in London's West End production of Hairspray on October 28, 2009 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. She remained with the show till late January and was replaced by Siobhan McCarthy. Carlisle announced a Go-Go's farewell tour planned for July 2010,which was then cancelled due to a leg injury suffered by guitarist Jane Wiedlin. According to her website, Belinda Carlisle is recording new material due for release in 2010, though this has yet to materialise. Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, published in June 2010, reached No. 27 on the The New York Times Best Seller list and received favorable reviews. In August 2011, she will be receiving, as a member of the Go-Go's, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Belinda (1986)

Belinda is Belinda Carlisle's first studio album, released on June 3, 1986. It was notable as her first recording after the break-up of new wave band The Go-Go's, for whom she was their lead singer. The album peaked to #13 in the U.S. (Gold disc). The single Mad About You is noticeable because Andy Taylor from Duran Duran plays the guitar solo in the track. The following singles were released: Mad About You (#3 U.S., #1 Canada), I Feel the Magic (#82 U.S., #51 Canada), and Band of Gold (#91 Canada).


1-) Mad About You.
2-) I Need a Disguise.
3-) Since You've Gone.
4-) I Feel the Magic.
5-) I Never Wanted a Rich Man.
6-) Band of Gold.
7-) Gotta Get to You.
8-) From the Heart.
9-) Shot in the Dark.
10-) Stuff and Nonsense.


Heaven on Earth (1987)

Heaven on Earth is Belinda Carlisle's second studio album, released on October 5, 1987. The album was produced (as with the two following albums) by Rick Nowels who would have go on writing for Stevie Nicks, Kim Wilde, Madonna among other artists. The album charted to #13 in the U.S. (Platinum disc). It spawned the following singles: Heaven Is a Place on Earth (#1 U.S., #3 Canada, #1 U.K.), I Get Weak (#2 U.S., #4 Canada, #10 U.K.), Circle in the Sand (#7 U.S., #3 Canada, #4 U.K.), I Feel Free (#88 U.S.), World Without You (#34 U.K.), and Love Never Dies (#54 U.K.).

Belinda Carlisle - heaven is a place on earth por Dixvad59

Belinda Carlisle - I Get Weak por hushhush112


1-) Heaven Is a Place on Earth.
2-) Circle in the Sand.
3-) I Feel Free.
4-) Should I Let You In?
5-) World Without You.
6-) I Get Weak.
7-) We Can Change.
8-) Fool for Love.
9-) Nobody Owns Me.
10-) Love Never Dies.


Runaway Horses (1989)

Runaway Horses is Belinda Carlisle's third studio album, released on October 17, 1989. The album featured songs written by Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley, Charlotte Caffey and a song co-written by Carlisle herself, making Runaway Horses the second solo album that had her songwriting included since "Gotta Get to You" from her debut solo album "Belinda". The album saw also the collaboration of ex Beatles George Harrison and Bryan Adams. Harrison didn't work with many people after leaving the Beatles, and after his death, his wife told Carlisle that he agreed to work on her album because he loved her voice. The album peaked to #37 in the U.S. (Gold disc). It spawned the following singles: Leave a Light On (#11 U.S., #6 Canada, #4 U.K.), La Luna (#38 U.K.), Summer Rain (#30 U.S., #22 Canada, #23 U.K.), Runaway Horses (#40 U.K.), Vision of You (#74 Canada, #41 U.K.), and (We Want) the Same Thing (#6 U.K.).

Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain por jpdc11


1-) Leave a Light On.
2-) Runaway Horses.
3-) Vision of You.
4-) Summer Rain.
5-) La Luna.
6-) (We Want) the Same Thing.
7-) Deep Deep Ocean.
8-) Valentine.
9-) Whatever It Takes.
10-) Shades of Michaelangelo.

Live Your Live Be Free (1991)

Live Your Live Be Free is Belinda Carlisle's fourth studio album, released on October 14, 1991. Carlisle co-wrote two of the tracks on the album: "Loneliness Game" and "Little Black Book" (co-written with Marcella Detroit from Shakespears Sister fame). The song "You Came Out of Nowhere" begins with a sample from the opening of "Nobody Told Me", a song by John Lennon that was released in 1984. The album charted to #7 in the U.K. (Gold disc) and it didn't chart in the U.S. The album spawned the following singles: Live Your Life Be Free (#12 U.K.), Do You Feel Like I Feel? (#73 U.S., #75 Canada, #29 U.K.), Half the World (#35 U.K.), and Little Black Book (#28 U.K.).


1-) Live Your Life Be Free.
2-) Do You Feel Like I Feel?
3-) Half the World.
4-) You Came Out of Nowhere.
5-) You're Nothing Without Me.
6-) I Plead Insanity.
7-) Emotional Highway.
8-) Little Black Book.
9-) Love Revolution.
10-) World of Love.
11-) Loneliness Game.

Real (1993)

Real is Belinda Carlisle's fifth studio album, released on September 29, 1993. The album has a genre of mainly pop songs written by Charlotte Caffey, Thomas Caffey, Ralph Schuckett and half co-written by Carlisle. It was the second album where Rick Nowels had no writing or producing credits and also was Carlisle's first album to have contributed to the producing. The album cover was designed by Tom Dolan and is a departure for Carlisle, who presented a glamorous look on all her previous covers, choosing a "jeans and tee shirt" look instead this time without make-up. The album peaked to #9 in the U.K. The following singles were taken: Big Scary Animal (#70 Canada, #12 U.K.) and Lay Down Your Arms (#27 U.K.).


1-) Goodbye Day.
2-) Big Scary Animal.
3-) Too Much Water.
4-) Lay Down Your Arms.
5-) Where Love Hides.
6-) One with You.
7-) Wrap My Arms.
8-) Tell Me.
9-) Windows of the World.
10-) Here Comes My Baby.

A Woman and a Man (1996)

A Woman and a Man is Belinda Carlisle's sixth studio album, released on September 11, 1996. The album is full of songs that show how Carlisle's style had matured compared to her earlier releases, written by Rick Nowels, Maria Vidal, Ellen Shipley, Charlotte Caffey, Neil Finn (from Crowded House) and Roxette cofounder Per Gessle who also produced one of the tracks. The album peaked to #12 in the U.K. (Gold disc). The following singles were taken: In Too Deep (#6 U.K.), Always Breaking My Heart (#8 U.K.), Love in the Key of C (#20 U.K.), and California (#31 U.K.).


1-) In Too Deep.
2-) California.
3-) A Woman and a Man.
4-) Remember September.
5-) Listen to Love.
6-) Always Breaking My Heart.
7-) Love Doesn't Live Here.
8-) He Goes On.
9-) Kneel at Your Feet.
10-) Love in the Key of C.
11-) My Heart Goes On Without You.

Voilà (2007)

Voilà is Belinda Carlisle's seventh and so far last studio album, released on February 5, 2007. It is described as "an album of classic French chansons and pop standards", much different from Carlisle's previous English pop records. Although all of the songs are sung in French, interestingly many of the musicians featured on the album are Irish. The album didn't make it into any charts. Only one single was taken from this album, which was I Still Love Him. The single didn't make it into the charts, either.


1-) Ma Jeunesse Fout le Camp.
2-) Bonnie et Clyde.
3-) Avec le Temps.
4-) Sous le Ciel de Paris.
5-) Des Ronds dans l'eau.
6-) Pourtant Tu m'aimes.
7-) Ne Me Quitte Pas.
8-) La Vie en Rose.
9-) Contact.
10-) Merci Chérie.
11-) Jezebel.

Belinda Plus (***NEW***)

Belinda Plus is a self-made compilation which comprises many of her non-album tracks such as Dancing in the City, a demo of the Boy Meets Girl 1988 hit, Waiting for a Star to Fall, her cover version of John Lennon's Jealous Guy, her cover version of The Carpenters' Bless the Beasts and the Children, among others.


1-) Dancing in the City.
2-) Waiting for a Star to Fall (Demo).
3-) Blue Period (with The Smithereens).
4-) Bless the Beasts and the Children.
5-) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
6-) One by One.
7-) Jealous Guy.
8-) I Wouldn't Be Here if I Didn't Love You.
9-) I Won't Say (I'm in Love).
10-) Submission.


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