CLEVELAND (AP) — The Go-Go’s did not have any musical masterplan. Punks initially, they grew to become 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 probably 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 yr’s inductees.
“It is somewhat overwhelming,” Caffey informed AP as she and her bandmates had been whisked from flooring to flooring. “We’re actually thrilled. … We recognize 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 probably 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 stated of the eclectic 2021 class.
Not solely did the Go-Go’s write catchy tunes like “We Received 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 turn out to be frequent within the trade at present.
Nonetheless, they had been dismissed by some critics and musicians who did not take them critically. Caffey stated these obstacles solely strengthened them.
“We simply stored pushing ahead,” she stated. “We knew there was sexism and it was a male-dominated world in rock, definitely again then. However we stored going, going and going and we’re completely satisfied we did that.
“It didn’t faze us. When the 5 of us get collectively, we’re a drive to be reckoned with.”
The group will probably be inducted by actor Drew Barrymore and carry out a few of their songs.
After final yr’s enshrinement ceremony needed to be solely digital as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, it is again on stage, this time at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, residence 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 in regards to 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 probably 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 evening, will probably 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 Received a Buddy” and “(You Make Me Really feel Like) A Pure Girl.”
King’s iconic 1971 album “Tapestry” had a profound impact on Caffey, who stated being inducted together with considered one of her idols and Turner makes it extra particular.
“Her affect on me was large as a result of I grew up with ’60s radio and that’s what she was and nonetheless is in my life,” Caffey stated. “And Tina, I really like her a lot. I really like them each for the music and what they went by means of.”
The affect that the Go-Go’s had is equally plain. They weren’t solely the primary all-female band to high the Billboard 200 chart writing and performing their very own materials, however they confirmed a technology of women they may rock as onerous as boys.
Caffey is happy with the band’s lasting legacy.
“Our songs are ageless, timeless,” she stated. “We didn’t know on the time after we had been writing them, however that’s what occurred.”
It additionally helped that the Go-Go’s rise coincided with the appearance of music movies, exposing the band to a good wider viewers.
“For younger ladies to see a bunch of ladies in a band which can be simply common gals,” Caffey stated. “That was actually large.”
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