It is all here. Ellwood: By the time we started the interviews, I had a sense of what the narrative was going to be. PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Gina Schock, Belinda Carlisle, Alison Ellwood, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte ... [+] Caffey, and Kathy Valentine from The Go-Gos poses for a portrait at the Pizza Hut Lounge on January 25, 2020 in Park City, Utah. Lady Gaga’s ‘rural voter’ video sparks fan love — and unflattering imitations. How cool! But the main reason The Go-Go's succeeds to the considerable extent it does would seem to have less to do with the narrative technique director Ellwood brings to bear, and more to do with her timing. With 7.044 billion views, Pinkfong’s earworm “Baby Shark” has outpaced Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” as YouTube’s most-viewed video of all time. So we started talking, probably close to three years ago now, and there were a lot of conversations. I wasn't even thinking in terms of fame and fortune—I was thinking in terms of: “Oh my God, we're so good.”. hide caption. That's a lot of fun. Shortly after all that happened, I started wondering if we’d done the right thing. Rapper Cardi B asked a Georgia court to dismiss her divorce petition, confirming that she’s back with Offset after weeks of social-media PDA. I think that's the bottom line with us. After that amount of time, it is like family. They got on board with that, thank god. That being said, respect it and do the right thing. When I first started researching, I was not familiar with their punk background at all. I was living with this guy, Steve Martin (not the Steve Martin) and he told me, ‘Gina, there’s this band called the Go-Gos. I’d rather see the Police than Sting, and I love Sting! Inside an influencer-jammed, masks-very-optional Hollywood Hills Halloween party. Oddly enough, if you come and see us play now, you’re going to get that. Gina Schock: I’m trying to organize all my stuff since we just got back off the tour, and oh man, when you’re away for three months,… That was a short time before the New Year Eve gigs when Kathy played. Lady Gaga posted a video reaching out to battleground voters. We tour for about 8 weeks every summer so we’re getting ready for that. It always sounds stupid and not right. We did a show at Universal as part of Jane Fonda's thing, and later that year we were back on tour. But then five years later, the Go-Go's reunited. Cassy Cohen/Showtime But, no, it’s something completely different. Their 1981 debut album, Beauty and the Beat, went to number one on Billboard—the first time that an all-female band who wrote their own songs and played instruments achieved such a distinction. Schock: I always thought: “Oh my God, we are going to be famous, we're going to be huge.” We were 21, 22 years old. We put the band above everything, including relationships, because you had to. I was 21 I think. Wiedlin: [Sings] “I’m doing the dishes / I’m picking up dog poop.”, Valentine: [Sings] “My daughter’s touring colleges.”. So I thought, well, I’ll save up my money and try drums. Belinda Carlisle: We’re not very schmaltzy by nature. We are a 74 page full color quarterly print magazine, website, events, social media community, academy and more. Being in a band, whether your female or male, is really hard. That’s funny, being a drummer I would expect you to be like, ‘more drum solos!!’. It’s kind of like being in a marriage with four people. But I wouldn’t trade any of it in, because everything I’ve done adds up to the person I am right now and it’s all good. There was no Wizard of Oz scenario there, no one behind the curtain. I went out on tour a couple of months later. They just keep coming to us, it's nothing that we search out. Then we continued on and Kathy, Jane and I finished the lyrics. Endorsement: Steve Morgan, David Berger, David Diamond for L.A. County Superior Court. What’s more, these big doings have led the group — featuring singer Belinda Carlisle and guitarists Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey — to reunite with bassist Kathy Valentine, who left in 2013 amid a lawsuit over her share of the band’s revenues. We just had to trust her. But it happened the way it was supposed to happen, I guess. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. And everyone else in the band would have to say that. Caffey: When we decided we wanted to write an end credits song, it could be cool to all of a sudden have something new. (Which is not to say it completely avoids indulging in certain familiar devices of modern documentary filmmaking, as it does avail itself of brief animated sequences — though these possess a cheesiness that seems knowing and intentional.). When you’re looking at a span of over thirty years I can see how there would be some rocky spots, and then you’re back to the golden age again. Caffey: That was terrible. Everybody's voice in this band is super important. Gwyneth Paltrow is producing it along with Donovan Leitch and Rick Ferrari. Where to vote. So all I can do is make amends to Kathy and move on. Margo (Olavarria), the original bass player, had just picked up her bass. To talk about the band’s comeback, if that’s the word for it, Carlisle, Wiedlin, Caffey and Valentine sat down before a rehearsal the other afternoon in North Hollywood. Then we had an acrimonious divorce. Valentine: It’s like we’re in “The Parent Trap.”. Absolutely, completely different! We really wanted to be honest. Caffey: We ran all over the country going to radio stations, and guess what they’d want to talk about? (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Audible). Endorsements. I don’t want to name names — Janet Jackson — but the ones who do a certain song every single night on a 200-city tour and start crying at the same exact place. What I want to do is make a classic Go-Gos record.’ And I was like, fuck yeah! Who really knows why. And we don’t want to be playing the state fair as an oldies act. Friday, August 14th. The Go-Go's. We just came together and just pushed and pushed and pushed, and that’s how it happened for us. I was like, ok, whatever, I’m just grateful to be in this band. He said: “We're touring in a van all over the country.” Then he said, “How do you feel about opening for the Police?”, because the Police were playing arenas. We've been so afraid to do anything like this, we don't want another VH1 story. Since then I have covered. I don't think any of us did. And next year’s going to be really big because we’re going to have a musical on Broadway! The Go-Go’s during their 2016 farewell tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The country-music legend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman have transformed Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” into an anthem of reassurance. I’ve never thought about drums in that way. And I just watched Black Sabbath at the Hollywood Bowl. Our Dear Girl Gina from Baltimore: Gina Schock of the Go-Gos. We got back, and the lines were wrapped around the Starwood. But I had loads and loads of fun. They trickled in: the Bangles came next, and then there's Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. Carlisle: More just reflecting on what we’d done all those years. Because it is that band, that sound, and each individual part that makes it so successful. Lead singer Belinda Carlisle comes off the most guarded, as you might expect, while acknowledging her younger self's shortcomings. It’s all about money. It's good for people to hear that, to see people moving through things, and it's important. We're like a bunch of kids when we get together. It's what it is. Then once I realized they actually were seriously doing it, I said: “Please let us film you playing around with it, it would be such a great ending for the film.” That's what we shot at the Whisky [in Los Angeles]. Portrait of the music group the Go-Go's as they pose backstage at an unspecified venue, Chicago, ... [+] Illinois, July 30, 1981. We rented a Cadillac, an Eldorado Convertible and I think a Convertible Jag and we go to Palm Springs for a week or two and take a bunch of drugs. Y’all are really role models and have paved the way for other women groups. This is the longest relationship any one of us has ever had. Backstage with Cirque Du Soleil: Didi Negron rocks Amaluna. Ellwood: I had no idea that they were going to end up writing a new song. As the new documentary (which airs this Friday on Showtime) shows, the Go-Go’s were a group that did it their own way without the guidance of a controlling male figure. When I dug into that and started listening to the earlier music, and even listening to the earlier versions of the songs that became their pop hits, they were very punk-sounding, much faster, much rawer. That boggled my mind. You need to know that going into this, and if you don’t you need to wise up really quickly. Join us. How do you feel about the way the documentary turned out? I’ve co-written songs that millions of people have heard. Coinciding with the film's release, the Go-Go’s recorded a new song, the anthemic rocker “Club Zero”—their first one in 20 years. The first album is a special one for most bands or most artists in general. In 2016, the Go-Go’s finished a so-called farewell tour with a spirited hometown show at the Greek Theatre, where the L.A. band whipped through their early-’80s pop hits like “Vacation” and “We Got the Beat” with so much infectious enthusiasm that you had to wonder why exactly they were saying goodbye. Oh, and we assume if you’re reading this you are too. But I was a little bit tearful. This relationship with the Go-Gos has lasted longer than any personal relationship I’ve ever had in my life. The record company came up with the PR for the band: ‘America’s Sweethearts.’ Meanwhile we were just these kids from the punk scene in LA, and we played that way! Wiedlin: You know what I despise? But the biggest and the best compliment ever is to know that someone picked up an instrument or learned to write songs because of one of the girls in the Go-Gos. INTERVIEW WITH GINA SCHOCK OF THE GO-GO's . No cell phones, man! Charlotte (Caffey) had been in a couple of bands so she actually did know how to play guitar pretty decently. Original manager Ginger Canzoneri chokes up at the memory of the band replacing her; Wiedlin's refusal to agree that all songwriting royalties should be equally divided still gets her riled up; and harsh words exchanged at the meeting in which the band broke up clearly sting to this day. How was that experience like? If that technology had been available back in our heyday we would have been in jail many many times. Probably because he wrote the song. But we had a kid, which was the Go-Go’s. It's great to be at a good place with everybody. We had a lot of sexism and misogyny, there's a lot of things that were against us. Honestly, if you want to do the right thing just split it all equally. Drummer Gina Schock, 40, was diagnosed with a hole in her heart in 1984. That's what we wanted to write: “Let's do something really up and anthemic and punky and cool.” So here's this music and all of sudden I'm putting lyrics and I'm like, “Oh my God, this is f***ing working.” So I showed it to everybody, everyone loved it.