GOT THE BEAT
THE GO-GOS SINGER HEADS TO JUPITERS
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.