Belinda Carlisle’s New Show is Heaven on Earth (Frazer Harrison for Getty and SiriusXM) Belinda Carlisle’s New Show is Heaven on Earth: Belinda Carlisle’s status as a member of the Go-Go’s, the new wave band that broke the glass ceiling, and her stellar solo career appear to be insufficient. No, our Belinda is now hosting one of SiriusXM’s most innovative programs. That is simply avarice.
We obviously play games. Playing it safe hasn’t helped Carlisle get as far as she has. Before joining the Go-Gos, she was the drummer for the Germs, and when people thought they knew her, she switched to pop. Again, everyone thought they knew her, and she put out an album of yoga chants and one of French music. Belinda Carlisle acts as she pleases. Having said that, Sirius came up with the idea for this new show.
Carlisle says, “It was a big surprise to me.” I had never considered doing something similar, but when it was presented to me, it sounded pretty challenging. After the conversation started, I agreed that it sounded like fun. I’ve put together the first nine of the 12 shows over the course of a year. It’s a lot of fun. In fact, I’ve learned so much. I have to follow some rules, but there is a lot of material and the hard part of being a DJ. It has been a blast to curate the lists and put together things for shows.
Carlisle addresses a different topic each week on the Mad About Music show. The host takes on early punk/pop in the first, which is appropriate. As a result, we get Roxy Music, Blondie, Iggy & the Stooges, and a lot more.
She states, “The first three I recorded simultaneously.” I wasn’t as prepared after that because I didn’t know what to expect. After the first three, I was prepared for anything. I have notes now. I give my little stories a lot of thought. I assure you that I have numerous tales. Now that I’ve found my feet, I kind of know what to do. I was not aware of the first three. Still, it sounds good. Oh no, I thought, what will it sound like when it comes out? However, it was actually okay.
Carlisle’s former band, the Germs, are not heard on the first show. At first, it doesn’t bother the ears,” she says. Additionally, I will perform a hardcore punk act. I came from that place.”
We would most certainly watch that show. And there will be a lot more.
She states, “Today I’m working on cover songs, which are really interesting to do because a lot of people have covered some interesting songs.” I also have songs about love and heartbreak that are really fun to put together. The Guilty Pleasures are my favorite lists. Mixed Bag is my final one; in it, I include some Mott the Hoople and things that I hope people will discover. Some of the music that came out, particularly in the latter part of the 1970s, is kind of forgotten. It tasted so good when I put in my Mott the Hoople. Just before the punk movement, that was. I enjoy showing people things that really inspired me to do what I want to do, like old Bowie and Roxy Music.
It remains to be seen whether this is a long-term project or something she wants to get out of her system (as she describes the French and yoga albums mentioned earlier). She says she’ll wait and see how things go.
According to her, “I guess it depends on whether Sirius likes it or not, and what the response has been.” I don’t know. I suppose we will find out in a year, and then I would love to become a punk like Serge Gainsbourg, who was really the first punk. That was pure punk rock when you think about where he came from and what he was doing in the early and middle 1960s. He is virtually unknown to Americans. Do Brits. However, I’d love to introduce the audience to such influential individuals, who they may not even be aware of.
Sincerely, that is absolutely fantastic. Yes, “Runaway Horses” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth” are excellent pop songs. It is extremely impressive that Carlisle is determined to use her high musical standing to introduce people to new things, whether through this show or her own albums. She had a blast making Voila, the French album.
She states, “I thought, no one will hear this, so I can do whatever I want.” It was only heard by a small number of people, but those who did love it. However, I didn’t really care because it was the first time I was truly off the treadmill I had been using for so long. I was tired of being on that treadmill and wanted to work from the heart rather than under pressure. It was a wonderful adventure.
She says, “I chant every day” about her album Wilder Shores, which is mostly Sikh chants. I chant when I get up at 4 a.m. After I had processed that, the fans asked, “Oh my god, would you just please do an English pop album?” That’s what I’m doing now, and I also have material with Diane Warren coming out. Therefore, I’ve circled back to the classic pop song, which will be released the following year.
Thursday’s show at the Saban will be Carlisle’s first solo performance in SoCal.
She states, “I haven’t done any solo shows here since maybe 2012 or longer.” It’s been a while, and the majority of my shows and tours are in Europe and the UK. It will incorporate songs from all of my albums, including all of my classics. Naturally, a few Go-Go’s songs will be expected.
She will tour extensively next year, first in the United Kingdom. Then she decides to take a break the following summer. Let’s be honest: she ought to get some time off.