Group’s members are candid about their shared ups and downs
Music endures, as do many of the artists who have created it … as The Go-Go’s are proving anew.
Though the all-female band that emerged from punk rock to yield such early-1980s pop hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation” famously broke up, the members have reunited. Their latest concert tour has been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic, but their history is traced in director Alison Ellwood’s (“Laurel Canyon”) documentary “The Go-Go’s,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Its Showtime debut Friday, July 31, comes the same day as the release of the group’s new single “Club Zero.”
At the band’s peak, the central Go-Go’s were lead singer Belinda Carlisle, guitarists Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin, bass player Kathy Valentine (whose memoir, “All I Ever Wanted,” was published recently) and drummer Gina Schock. For this article, several of them spoke about their shared past and present, encompassing one of the rare debut albums to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts (“Beauty and the Beat”).