- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of Showtime
The Go-Go’s: Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, and Kathy Valentine. As the first multi-platinum-selling all female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs, and soar to Number One on the album charts, the Go-Go’s are the most successful female rock band of all time. Rooted in the late 70s LA punk scene, the Go-Go’s didn’t play the part of bad girls — they were genuine punk rockers. With full access to the Go-Go’s history both past and present, the new documentary from director Alison Ellwood assesses the group’s place in music history and examines the personalities and dynamics behind their rise, fall, and numerous reincarnations.
Until this definitive doc, described by Rotten Tomatoes as, “a raucous celebration of the pioneering band and a stylistic knockout that will blow viewers’ hair back,” there has never been a serious appraisal of and showcase for the Go-Go’s’ talents or achievements — as musicians, ground-breakers, but even more so, survivors. Five women on stage, their outfits eliciting a sense of thrift store chic, two different kinds of eyeshadow, and smeared streaks of rouge! Said The National Review, “The Go-Go’s have not yet been awarded their proper place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but after the world sees Alison Ellwood’s splendid documentary, that omission is bound to be put to rights.” I loved the film and I think you will too!
Catch “The Go-Go’s” on Showtime this month.