BELINDA CARLISLE ROCKS HER WAY TO ROOTY HILL

SINGER SET TO GO OUT ON TOP

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Mor­gan

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.

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