Belinda Carlisle was a high school cheerleader who enjoyed the local punk music scene Original lineup: Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar), Margo Olaverra(bass), and Elissa Bello (drums) By July of 1978, guitarist Charlotte joins, followed by drummer Gina Schock in 1979 The Go-Go’s Beauty and the beat album “We Got the Beat” is a catchy, irresistible Pop single; an 1980s equivalent of “Rock Around the Clock” The song was written by lead guitarist Charlotte Caffey Simple lyrics describe dancing, hanging out, being cool, and mention various 3
early 1960s dances The Go-Go’s have “formed their own band, written their own material, and play their own instruments” The Go-Go’s are considered America’s #1 all-female band, establishing stereotypes for other groups For America’s favorite girl group, it’s been a sweet ride to the top. But now they’re battering through some unexpected roadblocks. The Bangles The bangles will be the only other commercially successful all-female band to follow The Go-Go’s They never really emerged from the shadow of The Go-Go’s Formed in 1981, the The bangles break up within three years of cracking the Top 40 After touring Great Britain in 1983, 1984 brings the All Over the Place album They tour as Cyndi Lauper’s opening act on her Fun tour 1986 brings the #2 hit “Manic Monday,” written by Prince under a pseudonym Group dissatisfaction has surfaced as their #1 novelty dance song “Walk Like an Egyptian” was gaining popularity “Walk Like an Egyptian” was a #1 hit in the U.S. for weeks in 1986. The song was composed by Liam Sternberg after he observed people on a ferry walking awkwardly Drummer Debbi Peterson’s leads were not used, nor her drumming, as a drum machine provided that texture Hoffs appears in the 1987 film The Allnighter directed by her mother, who had also directed two of the band’s videos Susanna Hoffs with Austin Powers New Wave Annie Lennox Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1954, Annie Lennox is the highly regarded vocalist for the band Eurythmics Lennox will be the first female MTV star, using visual imagery to challenge traditional images of women in rock She and Eurythmic partner/guitarist Dave Stewart used MTV videos as a means of artistic expression Lennox meets guitarist Dave Stewart while working as a waitress in a health food restaurant, and they move in together Eurythmics “Lennox played with androgyny in a manner no female performer had really explored before” Her dramatic visual image emerges: cropped, slick-backed hair and men’s suits Eurythmics have their first Top 40 hit in the U.S. with the album and single “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” 4
Lennox and Stewart composed “Sweet Dreams,” recording it in 1982 This piece will prove their commercial breakthrough, becoming their signature song Lennox in the video for “Sweet Dreams” In 2004, Lennox win an Academy Award for the song “Into the west” from The lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The B-52’s
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