Super fan Drew Barrymore inducted Go-Go’s into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“Go-Go’s have been in my hall of fame since I was six years old,” she told Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland tonight. “In fact, if you were to tell me as a little kid that I would introduce my heroes to the most famous rock ‘n’ roll club in history, I would be like, ‘Well, I’ll do my best!’
She added that the group’s debut, The beauty and the Beast, was his first album. Barrymore, then nine years old, was once interviewed about her fashion sense by Go-Go singer Belinda Carlisle for MTV and Account The beauty and the Beast as a decisive moment in her feminist journey.
“I love that the next generation can absorb and sweat all of this feminine power that the Go-Go’s have instilled in us,” Barrymore noted. “I always thought the Go-Go’s were such a perfect name for this band. So full of kinetic energy. It fits their music and their mind and mine too. You know what? You always have to go. . “
Barrymore explained how “she spent hours watching [Beauty and the Beat‘s] blanket and back, all in the tub. The coolest girls in the world, having a spa day in cool girls paradise. By the end of his induction, Barrymore looked like one of the Go-Go’s on that blanket, a towel rolled over his head and spa cream gracing his face.
Before the Go-Go, groups led by women were only “girl groups”. Thereafter, they could be both critically and commercially viable on their own terms.
Go-Go’s struggled to be treated equally early on as women in the emerging Los Angeles punk scene. Stiff Records released their first single and “We Got the Beat” was a hit. But co-founder Dave Robinson said he wouldn’t sign the Go-Go’s because they were “an American punk girl group who opposed being spit on them.” Bassist Kathy Valentine began to describe him as being trapped in the “box lady,” which she said was an unintentional double meaning.
Go-Go’s kept breaking the rules and confusing stereotypes. When they started, newly signed to IRS Records by Police Director Miles Copeland, the band was selected as opening act. Then the first Go-Go album surpassed that of the Police Ghost in the machine at the top of the Billboard graphic. Suddenly, they were headlining as the first woman to write their own No.1 album.
“I went out and bought their album The beauty and the Beast and as the vinyl spun my whole world changed, “Barrymore said V magazine in 2012. “I looked at the girls on the cover like they’re a gateway to cool. The fact that they’re girls made me feel not only invited but more important – like I could too. be a badass. “
And yet, Go-Go’s were eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 15 years before landing their first nomination. “We had the assumption that everything was going to change – but not everything has changed,” Go-Go guitarist Jane Wiedlin told Yahoo! in 2018. “Well, change is coming slowly – and sexism is still alive and well in America.”
The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs November 20 on HBO alongside a simulcast on SiriusXM rock & To roll room of radio fame.
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