From Metallica to Sia: The seventy-seventh LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Apashe and Knife Party, metal from Metallica and Withered, punk from Fear and the Replacements, reggae/pop from Sean Paul with Sia, and so much more.
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This week saw Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go’s tell us that, “We were living in the moment. It was all about being cool on the scene. It was a girl’s club. Of course we’d joke around, wondering if we’d be rich and famous. But I think it was just about being cool on the scene, and being in a band because everybody else was. We never had a problem filling a club from the very beginning. Then, maybe the goals changed a bit. We wanted to do this for a living and have a career with this. So we may have taken it more seriously down the line. I think after we went to the UK and came back, and Gina joined the band, that was when we got really serious about having the Go-Go’s as a career.”
“I went to L.A. wanting to make it in the music business, and my template for bands were all career-long sustained careers,” added bassist Kathy Valentine. “Once we were successful, I couldn’t imagine giving it up or walking away. There wasn’t a Rock Hall to aspire to, but I certainly wanted to be in a band that would grow and evolve, album after album after album. That’s what I wanted. I didn’t want to break up in three years.”
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