CLEVELAND (AP) — The Go-Go’s did not have any musical masterplan. Punks at first, they turned rock and roll pioneers.
Defying odds and smashing norms in a male-dominated subject, the feminine quintet which had a string of hits propelled by MTV play within the Eighties, will likely be inducted Saturday into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame as a part of a powerhouse class that features Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Carole King, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren.
On Friday, the Go-Go’s — guitarist Charlotte Caffey, lead singer Belinda Carlisle, drummer Gina Schock, bassist Kathy Valentine and guitarist/singer Jane Wiedlin — took half in a ceremony to dedicate their Corridor of Fame signature plaque and toured a brand new exhibit that includes this 12 months’s inductees.
“It is a bit overwhelming,” Caffey advised AP as she and her bandmates have been whisked from ground to ground. “We’re actually thrilled. … We respect how gracious everybody has been. We belong right here, too.”
Whereas the Go-Go’s are being enshrined within the performer class, rapper LL Cool J, keyboardist Billy Preston, and guitarist Randy Rhoads will likely be honored for musical excellence.
Kraftwerk, Gil Scott-Heron and Charley Patton are being inducted as early influencers and Sussex Data founder Clarence Avant is receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
“The magical 13,” Public Enemy entrance man Chuck D mentioned of the eclectic 2021 class.
Not solely did the Go-Go’s write catchy tunes like “We Obtained the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Trip,” the Los Angeles-based group stood out as ladies taking part in their very own devices — one thing uncommon 40 years in the past that is change into frequent within the business right this moment.
Nonetheless, they have been dismissed by some critics and musicians who did not take them critically. Caffey mentioned these obstacles solely strengthened them.
“We simply stored pushing ahead,” she mentioned. “We knew there was sexism and it was a male-dominated world in rock, actually again then. However we stored going, going and going and we’re joyful we did that.
“It didn’t faze us. When the 5 of us get collectively, we’re a power to be reckoned with.”
The group will likely be inducted by actor Drew Barrymore and carry out a few of their songs.
After final 12 months’s enshrinement ceremony needed to be solely digital because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is again on stage, this time at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, dwelling of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
That is the primary time the occasion has been held at Cleveland’s largest venue (capability 20,000) following earlier ceremonies at Public Corridor Auditorium.
There stay some tightly-guarded secrets and techniques concerning the ceremony, together with whether or not Turner, who lives in Switzerland, will attend or if Jay-Z will carry out.
Taylor Swift is inducting King and can sing in her honor as will Jennifer Hudson.
The present will likely be taped for broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max on Nov. 20.
Foo Fighters, who performed a shock gig at a small membership on the town on Thursday night time, will likely be inducted by Paul McCartney. This would be the second enshrinement for Foo’s founder Dave Grohl, who went in as Nirvana’s drummer in 2014.
It is also the second nod for King, who was beforehand honored as a songwriter for hits like “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Obtained a Pal” and “(You Make Me Really feel Like) A Pure Lady.”
King’s iconic 1971 album “Tapestry” had a profound impact on Caffey, who mentioned being inducted together with one in all her idols and Turner makes it extra particular.
“Her affect on me was big as a result of I grew up with ’60s radio and that’s what she was and nonetheless is in my life,” Caffey mentioned. “And Tina, I really like her a lot. I really like them each for the music and what they went by way of.”
The affect that the Go-Go’s had is equally simple. They weren’t solely the primary all-female band to prime the Billboard 200 chart writing and performing their very own materials, however they confirmed a era of ladies they might rock as exhausting as boys.
Caffey is happy with the band’s lasting legacy.
“Our songs are ageless, timeless,” she mentioned. “We didn’t know on the time once we have been writing them, however that’s what occurred.”
It additionally helped that the Go-Go’s rise coincided with the arrival of music movies, exposing the band to a good wider viewers.
“For younger ladies to see a gaggle of ladies in a band which can be simply common gals,” Caffey mentioned. “That was actually big.”
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