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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 says.

“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 says.

Carlisle’s sunny pop songs made an in­deli­ble mark on those grow­ing up in the 1980s and 1990s.

“I do have older peo­ple bring­ing their kids (to my shows),” she says.

“What re­ally strikes me, though, is the young adults, 20 and 21, right at the front of the stage, bop­ping along and singing along. But I think it comes down to the songs. They were just great songs, time­less songs.”

Gold Coast­ers can ex­pect plenty of Carlisle’s hits, some Go-Gos songs and the odd ob­scure track when she takes to the Jupiters Theatre stage to­mor­row night.

“I have a great back cat­a­logue to work from and which lots of peo­ple want to hear from,” she says.

“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 says, re­fer­ring to an al­bum of yoga mantras she plans to re­lease later this year – her first CD since 2007’s French lan­guage Voila.

It is shap­ing up as a busy year for Carlisle, with The Go-Gos em­bark­ing 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 says.

Belinda Carlisle and Pseudo Echo play Jupiters Theatre to­mor­row night

Belinda Carlisle will also be re­leas­ing an al­bum of yoga mantras later this year.

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