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As the first band for all the girls to write their own music and play their own instruments, Go-Go embarked on the music scene four decades ago.
They are now back in the new Showtime documentary, which premieres on Friday at 9pm ET / PT. Simultaneously with the release of the album “The Go-Go’s”, the band will download a new single “Club Zero” on Friday.
The documentary shows how a band known for their beloved hits such as “We Got Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed” came together. And it wasn’t easy.
During the trip, the band members were fired and replaced, unscrupulous businessmen tried to persuade them to sign the rights to their music, and some members, including cocaine and heroin, used drug use (and abuse).
The group was originally dissolved in 1985, although members have since joined forces for projects.
There are five documentary stands before the premiere:
Go-Go had punk rock roots
While their best-known works are purely pop, the band’s roots go back to the punk rock scene in Los Angeles in the late 1970s.
“If you were terrible, you’d be colder,” said lead singer Belinda Carlisle. “Everyone could do what they wanted. It was complete freedom. “
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Few members knew that in about a year they would trade in diving nets for arenas such as Madison Square Garden. Bandmates connected quickly.
“We hated our parents and society, but we supported each other,” said rhythm guitarist Jane Wiedlin.
The punk scene was a shrine
While most Go-Go admits that emigrants grew up, Wiedlin in particular had a difficult childhood stemming from her father leaving his family.
“I always felt like I didn’t fit,” she said.
This led to an attempted suicide when she was 15 years old. She then released the London punk rock scene and its wild fashions through Women Wear Daily. She identified with punk “energy and anger.” She soon made her own dress that mimicked the hard nail movement.
“People were crossing the street when they saw me,” she said.
Carlisle, the eldest of seven children, says that punk immediately appealed to her.
“I always felt like I was pretending to be something I wasn’t,” she said. “It opened up a whole new world for me.”
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Drummer Gina Schock knew she would “be a rock star”
While The Go-Go everyone had a musical background when they formed the band, most had to learn to play instruments we know and love.
Take Charlotte Caffey, the band’s lead guitarist. Her roots are in the piano, which she began playing when she was 4 years old, she even studied music at the private Catholic school Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles.
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When she went to punk, she says, “This whole music theory had to be thrown out the window.” She had to take the guitar quickly and quickly.
“We were pretty lousy in the beginning,” Caffey said. “We really couldn’t stand it.”
The exception was Gina Schock. As one of the few drummers at the time, she acknowledged that she had a choice of concerts.
“When I left Baltimore, I told everyone, ‘Next time you see me, I’ll be a rock star. “”
The early days in London were a mixed bag
At the beginning, The Go-Go was accepted to London, where they opened a number of ska bands. The concerts often attracted a large number of white nationalists, and according to the deputies, it was not uncommon for spectators to spit on them and throw bottles and other objects on the stage.
“They hated us,” Wiedlin said. “We were Americans and worst of all … we were cubs.”
“These five girls from Southern California are playing on stage with these scary skinheads,” Caffey said. “It was scary.”
However, it still turned out to be worth the trip, so it helped raise their profile at home.
“Everyone thought we were huge stars in London and we didn’t tell them otherwise,” Wiedlin said.
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They thought the video “Our lips are sealed” was a “waste of time”.
MTV began in 1981, leading artists began producing music videos for mass consumption.
Go-Go joined the event and shot a video for “Our Lips Are Sealed” for just $ 6,000.
“The money came from a police video that they didn’t forget all their money for,” Wiedlin said.
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The band members didn’t take the shot seriously, Caffey said. In fact, as they splash into the fountain, he hopes they will be imprisoned.
“We had no idea how important the video would be,” she said. “We thought it was a big waste of time.”
This video was played in one place every 30 minutes on MTV and catapulted them into the history of pop culture.
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