BELINDA CARLISLE ROCKS HER WAY TO ROOTY HILL
SINGER SET TO GO OUT ON TOP
BELINDA Carlisle happily admits she doesn’t pay a lot of attention to today’s music scene.
“It’s so homogenised and there’s not a lot of personality,” the charttopping singer said.
“There are a few people in the mainstream who I think are really talented but for the most part it’s devoid of any kind of character or personality.”
Things were different at the beginning of Carlisle’s career as lead singer of the trailblazing all-girl band The Go-Gos, with no TV talent shows peddling the idea of instant stardom.
“I was lucky in the late ’70s and record companies actually developed artists and had an A& R (artists and repertoire) department and had somebody holding your hand,” she said.
“I don’t think it’s easy to start off in the garage any more.”
Carlisle’s sunny pop songs made an indelible mark on those growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, which should ensure an eclectic audience at her Sydney shows.
“I do have older people bringing their kids,” she said.
“What really strikes me, though, is the young adults, 20 and 21, right at the front of the stage, bopping along and singing along. I think it’s so bizarre.
“But I think it comes down to the songs. They were just great songs, timeless songs.”
Audiences can expect plenty of Carlisle’s hits, some Go-Gos songs and the odd obscure track.
“I have a great back catalogue to work from and which lots of people want to hear from. People who come to my shows, they want the hits, they’re not so interested in sitting around listening to Sanskrit for an hour and a half,” she said, referring to an album of yoga mantras she plans to release later this year — her first CD since 2007’s French language Voila.
Carlisle became a devotee of Kundalini yoga after a much-documented struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, and recorded the album last year.
“It’s actually a pop album but with repetitive mantras,” she said.
“It’s a bit like if you were in a room and heard music coming from another room and couldn’t hear what they were saying.
“I use repetitive mantras and they’re put into a pop song format so there’s a verse and chorus.”
It is shaping up as a busy year for Carlisle, with The Go-Gos embark- ing on their final tour in August.
“We’ve been doing it for 40 years. I really want to go out on top, draw big crowds,” she said.
“We’re successful but I do think after a certain point it’s just not very dignified … we thought we should quit while we’re ahead and not be pathetic.”
Belinda Carlisle is promising to perform plenty of hits when she plays a series of shows in Sydney.