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Lightning rarely strikes twice – and this is certainly true of artists struggling to forge a fresh identity after a spell in a successful band. But Belinda Carlisle is a rare breed: fortunate and talented enough to enjoy staggering commercial success twice, in both her first breakthrough band, The Go-Go’s, and later as a solo singer in the latter end of the 80s.

Born in 1958 in Hollywood, California, Belinda’s teenage obsession had been the rock and pop scene of Los Angeles. The former cheerleader found her head turned by bands such as The Kinks, Queen and Thin Lizzy, many of whom she caught in concert. In time, she began to connect with the alternative punk movement which was prevalent in the city at the time, and found herself drawn to the excesses of that scene. It was inevitable that she would form her own punk band – almost called The Misfists but, at the 11th hour, renamed The Go-Go’s.

The Go-Go’s’ first gig, at the Masque club in May of 1978, predated a period of evolving line-ups and a drift towards the mellower power-pop sound the band would later break through with. Late 1979 saw them record a set of demos and secure a support slot UK with ska-pop band Madness, which then led to them flying to London for a longer stretch on the group’s national tour. The UK-based Stiff Records released The Go-Go’s’ first single, ‘We Got The Beat’, and it did modest British business, but, more importantly, got them noticed stateside as it grazed the Billboard dance charts.

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Real
Belinda Carlisle - Real
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Heaven On Earth
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A Woman And A Man
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Voila
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Runaway Horses
Belinda Carlisle - Runaway Horses
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