Belinda Carlisle

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@Right Direction: I know, eh? I was totally shocked, too. I thought all that shit happened during the Go-Go's and that's it. I thought that was the main reason the Go-Go's stopped, because they were all messed-up and needed a break. But, no. She continued on into the 90s and up until 2005. Wow. How she's still standing I don't know.

I just finished the book last night. A very good and quick read. I would've liked even more Go-Go stuff (was never into her solo career after Mad About You and I Feel The Magic), though.

She's here in Toronto tomorrow (Saturday 5 June) for a book signing/radio interview. Should be fun.

My friend flew to India and sat next to her on the flight. He has a picture of her at the luggage carousel! He said she was shy, calm and lucid! She also cringed when he mentioned Mad About You—which is my favourite Belinda song! Ha ha.

The original versions of How Much More and Lust to Love are fab. The original We Got the Beat sounds crunchier and grittier, which is cool, but is without the 'Everybody get on your feet, we know you can dance to the beat, etc'.
 
Her book really looks like a good read, would you recommend it?

I wasn't a big fan of her 1st album at all, though she suffers Celine Dion syndrome where people think "Heaven On Earth" is her 1st solo album. From Heaven On Earth onwards I loved.
 
I do recommend the book. It's amazing how stupid she was. But, that is what addiction does (I guess!) It's mostly about her addiction. I would love a Go-Go's tell all with more detail.

My favourite album is Belinda. She looked her best there (I think) and the songs had a nice understated-ness to them. I found Heaven to be too late 80s—overdone. The cover was atrocious as were the videos—she looked horrible. I remember being distraught when seeing her red hair.
 
Canuckfuck said:
I do recommend the book. It's amazing how stupid she was. But, that is what addiction does (I guess!) It's mostly about her addiction. I would love a Go-Go's tell all with more detail.

I'll have to check it out then.

I wish her career was as colourful as her personal life.
 
Canuckfuck said:
I do recommend the book. It's amazing how stupid she was. But, that is what addiction does (I guess!) It's mostly about her addiction. I would love a Go-Go's tell all with more detail.

My favourite album is Belinda. She looked her best there (I think) and the songs had a nice understated-ness to them. I found Heaven to be too late 80s—overdone. The cover was atrocious as were the videos—she looked horrible. I remember being distraught when seeing her red hair.

What puts me off Heaven sometimes is that it's one of those rongs relied on to mean something when playlisted onto/into something. Are there sliightly tweaked versions of this song? I remember having a few different versions, one of which I couldn't listen to as it sounded so flat compared to the other, even though I could hardly even define what those differences actually were. If only I could sing, I'd never be off the kareoke stage belting Belinda songs!

Shades of Michaelangelo is gorgeous. Her glassbleeding vocals sound unlike anything else on The Same Thing. Even though it probably stops at about a dozen or so, it can feel almost as if she has an unending succession of gigantic anthems, all incredible. Live Your Life Be Free has an amazing video - at least it's on a fairly ubiquitous UK ad campaign (for a holiday resort or something).
 
There's an interview with her online in the The Avocate where she bascially says she's giving up making music. I know she hasn'y made much in recent years, but still.....
 
Mad About You for me. Video and song are perfect (except for that ugly guitar player in the video). The 12" of it is good, too and has some extra tweaks here and there. Mad About You was no.1 in Canada. Not the others, though. In fact, Heaven, I Get Weak and Leave a Light On were the only ones released here, I think. All three were hits, but not no.1.

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I loves me some Belinda.

Runaway Horses is my favourite album: I love how she milked them all for singles (bar Real) but was always disappointed by her lack of 'hugeness' commercially.

Her voice always carried that wobbly quality where it sounded like she was just about to start choking.

It's sad she was a cokehead all that time but I remember reading about her endless struggles with her weight in the 90s so maybe that was her resolve. Either way you look at it, there's a majestic back catalogue of power pop which she should be loved for.
 
It makes not a jot of difference to me whether she was on drugs or not when those glorious albums were made. There was no better run of anthemic pop singles between 87 and 91, and the Live Your Life album ought to have been every bit as successful as the previous two.

EG.
 
Eric Generic said:
It makes not a jot of difference to me whether she was on drugs or not when those glorious albums were made. There was no better run of anthemic pop singles between 87 and 91, and the Live Your Life album ought to have been every bit as successful as the previous two.

EG.

Totally agree, but it's still quite shocking, especially since we had so many interviews of her talking about getting clean.

How someone can function on so much drugs & do what she did is odd but it doesn't change my mind on how amazing she is.
 
Here's a great radio interview she did this past Monday here in Canada on CBC Radio. The programme is called Q and is a national radio programme:

Go here: http://www.cbc.ca/q/episodes/

Click on June 7, 2010.

The player is at the top of the listing.

Fast-foward to 17.26min. I had to press it a couple of times. The fast-foward slider is the white rectangular thing under 'Past Episodes'.
 
Right_Direction said:
Eric Generic said:
It makes not a jot of difference to me whether she was on drugs or not when those glorious albums were made. There was no better run of anthemic pop singles between 87 and 91, and the Live Your Life album ought to have been every bit as successful as the previous two.

Totally agree, but it's still quite shocking, especially since we had so many interviews of her talking about getting clean.

Yeah, I won't deny it was surprising news!

EG.
 
Thanx for the radio link, i'll listen to that later on... I don't suppose she mentioned anything about new music anytime soon?
 
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Does anyone else think that Always Breaking My Heart would have made a better lead single than In Too Deep? I think it could have gone to number 1.
 
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I think my favourite album is probably "Real". Just something about it - it's the perfect title, it does feel like a very 'raw' album. I loved the demo tracks on the 'Lay Down Your Arms' CD single, they managed to make the songs sound even rougher! I liked how her vocals (and the backing vocals) weren't completely perfect. "Here Comes My Baby" still gives me goosebumps.
 
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