A documentary about The Go-Go’s premieres tonight (7/31) on Showtime, but the staff behinds the scenes here at WMMR has actually known about it for a while now because they kinda-sorta-helped!
Producers of the documentary reached because they know we hosted a gig with the girls at Emerald City. We were able to dig up some audio and now it’s going to be featured in the show! Check out the trailer:
In a new feature with Rolling Stone to promote the documentary Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin touched on the gender disparity that is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s biggest points of criticism. (Currently, women account for less than 8 percent of inductees.)
The Go-Go’s are one of many female acts that have yet to be inducted into the Rock Hall, and the general lack of women artists in the Rock Hall was a point of discussion in a new interview. Carlisle says, “I thought the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was about innovators, no matter if you like their music or not. You would think the first or only one of their kind would be recognized by an entity like that. But at the end of the day, I really could give a flying f—. I get sent the ballot to vote and every single time, I just write the Go-Go’s down and I check it off, in and out.”
Wiedlin adds, “Whether you like it or not, you can’t take away our accomplishments. So it’s a little weird. But I’ve never lost sleep over it.”
Carlisle doubles-down on her original point by saying, “I think in some ways, the Rock Hall has discredited themselves … just with the lack of women. Without going into too much detail, I think the fact that Suzi Quatro’s not in there is a disgrace. There are a lot of people who are innovators that aren’t in there, like the B-52’s, Cher, it goes on and on. It’s just, who are they anyway? At the end of the day, they’re a bunch of guys and women in a room making decisions on who’ll bring in revenue on T-shirts and beer koozies. So I don’t really care.”