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Here's Rihanna And Calvin Harris' 'This Is What You Came For' As An '80s Power Ballad
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The ‘80s were a glorious time. We were given classic jams like Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” There was no better time for music. Luckily, a YouTube user/genius named Saint-Laurent, with help on guitar by one Daniel Mackay, has taken a modern classic — Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For” — and has turned it into an EPIC ‘80s power ballad. The song, which usually makes you feel like you’ve had an espresso shot administered via IV, is slowed down and combined with a keyboard in this iteration. The result is a jam that makes us want to grab some leggings and start back-combing our hair immediately.  Enjoy the VHS-style remake of the music video above, complete with Rihanna rockin’ a Whitney-esque do.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but m ...
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North Shore Animal League America Celebrates Over 70 Years Of Saving Lives And The Continuation Of The Get Your Rescue On Campaign
Yahoo News - 3 months
NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, held its annual Celebrity Gala on Friday, November 18th at The Mandarin Oriental in New York City.  The evening included a wonderful group of attendees from all sectors of New York's animal-loving community and beyond. Comedian/Actress Pam Stone served as host for the evening and musical guest and renowned animal advocate Belinda Carlisle completed the evening with a crowd pleasing performance. ...
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Kenyth Mogan Makes New Music
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For Kenyth Mogan, being gay is an integral part of his identity. With his new EP Fall Apart, he hopes to open your ears while making the world a better place. Savas Abadsidis: How has your album been received so far? By the general fans? By the LGBT media? Kenyth Mogan: The response has been kind of amazing. I knew my family and friends would give me the typical "good job, Kenny; way to go!" They've all known this is something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid, and they're the best, so I knew they'd like it. But the fact that people outside of my circles like it is really awesome. The LGBT community has really embraced me and the EP album; one of the reviewers at GuySpy really liked it, and LGBT Weekly did a mention, so I'm kind of floating on cloud nine with it all. Abadsidis: So your first video is coming out. What's it about? Mogan: The video is for "Fall Apart," which is the title track and first single off the EP. The video follows me and my boyfriend (played by my f ...
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Music Review: Belinda Carlisle - 'Live from Metropolis Studios' [DVD/CD]
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The Go-Go's vocalist remains a glowing presence on the touring circuit, as evidenced by this 2012 concert recording.
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Jennifer Ball: My Childhood Didn't Turn Me Into The Parent I Feared
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Maybe I should get a bumper sticker that says it, eh? Can you see it in the Costco parking lot? "MY KID IS AN HONOR STUDENT" "MY SON IS A MARINE" "MY OTHER CAR IS THE BATMOBILE" and then, on my Ford Focus: "I DON'T BEAT MY CHILDREN." I don't gab about it very often, and when I do, it's in the company of good, trusted friends and usually after a martini or two. It's not something one brags about, you see, but I think it's about time I talk about it. I was beat up as a kid. A lot. Kicked, hit, slapped, punched. Shoved, screamed at, embarrassed in front of friends and neighbors and sometimes complete strangers. It started when my mom married my stepfather, and continued until I was big enough and old enough and brave enough to fight back. The scars I bear are all in my head... I was lucky enough to never need stitches or a cast. The only doctors I have ever needed are the ones who tinker with injured psyches. My mind isn't completely broken, but I do have my own set of ...
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PHOTO: The Very First Naked PETA Ad
Huffington Post - over 3 years
From PETA: The Go-Go's were the first all-female band to hit number one writing their own music and playing their own instruments. They were also the first stars to pose for PETA's iconic "Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign. Before the gals kick off their summer 2013 tour, we chatted with vegetarian frontwoman Belinda Carlisle about her passion for animals, her historic work with PETA, and even her favorite foods. PETA: The Go-Go's starred in PETA's very first naked ad. The "Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign has since become iconic around the world. Did you have any feeling when you did it that it would redefine the movement, keep animal rights sexy and relevant for decades, and transcend cultures? Belinda Carlisle: We had no idea at the time that the campaign would be so iconic. We knew it was clever and would get people talking. The campaign is still just as relevant, since fur still unfortunately lines the runways. Everyone loves the campaign, incl ...
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The Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle says she's lucky to have a nose after cocaine addiction
Fox News - almost 4 years
The 54-year-old singer who lives in France and the U.S. spoke to FOX 411 about the Go-Go’s, her recovery and her 20-year-old son.
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Mike Ragogna: ICON & Twelve Tales: Conversations with Belinda Carlisle and A.J. Croce, Plus Rachel Barton Pine's Audio Exclusive
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A Conversation with Belinda Carlisle Mike Ragogna: Belinda, you have a new collection that's part of the ICON series from Universal featuring your new single "Sun." Can you tell us about the new recording? Belinda Carlisle: Well, it's funny because I really had no interest in doing another English speaking pop record. My last record was all in French. I couldn't really see myself doing anything in the sort of vein that I'd been in before unless it was really, really good. My son has been on me about doing something new, but I said, "No." Then he brought me this song that a friend of his had written and I thought, "Oh my God, this is really good." It needed some lyrical work, so with the help of Jane Wiedlin, my band mate, and Gabe Lopez who wrote the song originally, we came up with a song about looking on the brighter side of things and celebrating life. We were debating what kind of format to release it on, but then Universal approached my management about doing a n ...
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Video: Belinda Carlisle talks return to music
CBS News - almost 4 years
Belinda Carlisle is back. The former lead singer of the Go-Go's released a new song and also has a new album coming out -- with some of her classic hits. CBS News' Edward Lawrence caught up with Carlisle to talk about her return to the microphone.
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Xaque Gruber: Connie's Juicy Return to Silver Lake's Cavern Club
Huffington Post - about 4 years
If you're looking for an unconventional night out over Valentine's weekend (Feb 15 - 17), Los Angeles theatre doesn't get more hilarious, or warped, than the Xanadu-inspired drag-musical romantic adventure, Connie Loves Juice. In this chapter of the Connie saga, the eponymous Flashdancing damsel in undress (performance artist/actor, John Cantwell) crushes on Juice (Mario Diaz) a superstar skating stud at the local roller disco. All is groovy 'til Connie finds herself under siege by Juice's mean girlfriend, Gianelli (Nadya Ginsburg). Photo credit: Mark Nubar Looking like the lost lovechild of Iggy Pop & Connie Britton, Cantwell's Connie is pure absurdist drag camp on the comic surface, but beneath lays a complex heroine with heart and soul of John Waters' proportions. Baltimore gave us Francine Fishpaw, L.A. gave rise to Connie. If the Los Angeles theatre scene were a Dada-ist heart-shaped box of chocolates, Connie would be the cherry cordial. Photo credit: D ...
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Belinda Carlisle looks zen in LA... as she starts training to become a yoga teacher
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Still got her famous red hair three decades on.
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Mike Ryan: Matthew McConaughey's Back Again
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The first 24 hours of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is complete. I am tired, out of breath and in a constant state of dizziness because of the altitude. Not cold, though! The weather has actually been really nice. And I just know that you are finding my small talk (small typing?) so, so interesting, so I will stop as not to overload your system. (Sigh ... I digress.) Anyway, being that this is my second year at Sundance, things have gone slightly smoother then the disaster that was my first few days at the festival last year -- which is nice for my stress level but not exactly nice for self-deprecating copy. But, hey: movies! In the first 24 hours of Sundance I saw six movies ranging from the continuing McConaissance of Matthew McConaughey to a documentary about a lovable politician named Dick Cheney. Here's what I thought of those six movies that I saw at the glamorous theaters of Park City, Utah (i.e., mostly at a movie theater in a strip mall that's next door to a Spo ...
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We Could All Turn A Corner On Gwyneth Paltrow If She Makes This Go-Go’s Musical Happen
Best Week Ever - over 4 years
We know we’ve poked fun at Gwyneth Paltrow for a myriad of celebrity sins: telling working moms to just get an assistant, rapping in public, invading our precious Glee on multiple occasions, um, Country Strong. All that would be instantly forgiven, however, if GPal manages to make this Go-Gos musical a reality. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Paltrow is currently “negotiating to collaborate” with the ’80s pop band to produce the musical; Belinda Carlisle and her fellow band members are allegedly considering the option to pen new songs. You know…maybe there’s a reason Gwyneth’s traditional-style musical career never really took off. Well…there are probably a lot of reasons her musical career never took off, but this is would make it all worth while! Of course, even without Paltrow’s pull a Go-Go’s musical is a genius idea. “Our Lips Are Sealed”? Please. Mamma Mia! already turned the oeuvre of ABBA into a musical, and they didn’t even have” Vacation” to work with! On a related not ...
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WIN! Two tickets to see Rockin’ The Park
Guardian - almost 5 years
CLUMBER park looks set to be rocked by a series of top concerts this summer - and we’re giving YOU the chance to WIN tickets. From Friday 17th - Sunday 19th August, Clumber Park in Worksop will host three great concerts. On Saturday 18th August, lovers of classic pop are in for a treat as the Flashback Festival will take music-lovers back in time to the glorious 1980s with sets from OMD, Marc Almond, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Go West and The Christians, while finishing off the proceedings will be classical music star Alfie Boe with his orchestra, supported by Laura Wright. Kicking off the concert run will be the Rockin’ The Park festival - when Brit Floyd, Focus, Curved Air, The Strawbs and more will take Clumber by storm. Organisers UK Events are launching a day of classic rock, bringing together some of the best music from the 1970s. Brit Floyd are the premiere Pink Floyd tribute in the UK and having performed to over 50,000 fans in the UK during 2011 They will be performing thei ...
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Belinda Carlisle to open PrideFest Milwaukee 2012
Chicago Pride - almost 5 years
Belinda Carlisle will headline the opening night of PrideFest Milwaukee 2012 with an 8 p.m. performance on the Miller Lite Mainstage on Friday, June 8.
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‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Week 5, ‘Latin Week’: TV Recap
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
ABC The U.S. Northeast experienced record-breaking heat Monday. The “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom hopes the sizzle stretches to Southern California for Latin Week. The remaining nine couples look to bring hotness to the dance floor with Argentine tangos, salsas and sambas. More clothing comes off, though not Gavin DeGraw’s hat. On paper, this week should bring the Cuban, William Levy, back toward the top of the leaderboard, but he injured his right ankle over the weekend and needed an MRI. Speaking of injury, how is Melissa Gilbert doing after the mild concussion she sustained last week? What body part will break down next on Maria Menounos? Carlos Santana and the Troupe, outfitted in ensembles of cherry, banana and lime, open the show with his first Top 10 hit, “Evil Ways.” It’s nice to see well-done samba rolls and sexy dips at the end of the routine. (Host Tom Bergeron said we’re at the halfway point of the competition. Already?) Since the first couple to dance ...
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Virgin Atlantic tip-off allegations put workings of media back in spotlight
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
Leveson inquiry urged to examine secret trade in private information that fuels the paparazzi They are the secret tip-offs at the heart of the paparazzi. Far from the heavily trailed showbiz parties and red-carpet events, the lifeline of most celebrity snappers is a confidential network of sources privy to the movements of the latest tabloid fodder. From its alleged secret source inside Virgin Atlantic, the London-based paparazzi agency Big Pictures was apparently treated to the planned travel movements of everyone from British royalty to global pop stars including Madonna, Rihanna and Debbie Harry. In a string of informal emails sent last year, and seen by the Guardian, Big Pictures appears to have been supplied with information about the precise Virgin Atlantic flight details of around 70 top celebrities. The scale of the alleged breach of privacy, apparently including travel plans for Princess Beatrice last year, will throw the spotlight back on to the alleged illicit trade of ...
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Lady Go-Go - Dallas Voice
Google News - over 5 years
Belinda [Carlisle] has her jewelry and textile company and Gina [Schock] is been writing songs for Miley Cyrus. Everybody is still so active even though we're old.” Wiedlin has discussed her bisexuality, although she prefers to stay away from labels
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Belinda Carlisle
  • 2015
    Age 56
    Also In August 2015, Edsel released a box set of all Carlisle's commercially released singles from her studio albums.
    More Details Hide Details A bonus disc is included with the box set which features "In My Wildest Dreams" from the 1987 film Mannequin. This is the first time the song had been released, having previously only ever been heard on the film until the full version leaked on YouTube in 2014. However, the version on the disc is not from the master copy but, in fact, a rip from the YouTube leak. In the 2015/2016 period, Belinda will tour the UK, Australia and the United States as a solo artist. In August '16 she will tour the US again with the Go Go's. After another stint in India continuing her People Animal Alliance work, she will release her 8th studio album in early 2017.
    Carlisle confirmed in a radio interview in August 2015 that she has completed work on a new album, tentatively earmarked for release in January 2016.
    More Details Hide Details She commented that the music on the album will be partly inspired by Kundalini Yoga. Belinda began doing Yoga while pregnant in 1991/1992 and has qualified as a teacher of the practice since becoming sober in 2005.
  • 2013
    Age 54
    In March 2013, Carlisle released her first U.S. single in 17 years entitled "Sun", an uptempo pop song, which was included on "ICON", a new greatest hits compilation album.
    More Details Hide Details The single was also released in the United Kingdom as a separate single. The song was written by Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's and singer-songwriter Gabe Lopez. Lopez also produced the song. While the track did not chart it received positive reviews. In August 2013, Edsel Records remastered Carlisle's (2-5) albums. All of these remastered albums contain 3 discs each. The first disc of each set is the LP itself followed by the (7" Versions) or (Radio Edits) of each single released from that album (some versions are previously unreleased). The second disc of each set includes remixes/12" Versions of all the singles released from that album (some versions are previously unreleased). The third disc of each set is a DVD containing ALL the promotional videos released for the singles that were released off of each album.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    She remained with the show till late January 2010 and was replaced by Siobhan McCarthy.
    More Details Hide Details Carlisle toured the US with The Go-Go's, including playing to a packed house at the iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2011 and The Hollywood Bowl in September 2012.
  • 2007
    Age 48
    In 2007, Carlisle released her seventh album, Voila, which was her first full-length solo studio album in more than ten years.
    More Details Hide Details The album was produced by John Reynolds and included Brian Eno on keyboard. Consisting of a mix of French pop tunes and chanson standards, including covers of Françoise Hardy and Édith Piaf classics, Voila was released via Rykodisc in the UK on February 5 and in the US the following day, February 6, 2007. In early 2009, Carlisle was on the 8th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Jonathan Roberts. She was the first star to be eliminated from the competition, on March 17. In October 2009, Carlisle took over the role of Velma Von Tussle in London's West End production of Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
  • 1998
    Age 39
    Some of the remixes were by William Orbit, who also worked with Madonna on her 1998 Ray of Light album.
    More Details Hide Details A Place on Earth: The Greatest Hits was certified Gold in the UK and went on to sell an excess of one million copies worldwide. A European version was marketed with an interview CD in which Carlisle provides answers to over 40 questions sent in by fans. In 2001, the Go-Go's reunited again and released an album of new material, God Bless The Go-Go's. Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong co-wrote the only released single "Unforgiven". God Bless The Go-Go's received mixed reviews from critics. wrote "Every bit as Go-Go's, that is, as their non-hits and less remarkable material. While the Go-Go's sound is intact, there is not a "We Got the Beat" or a "Head Over Heels" to be found. It is feasible that in this age of pop rebirth, the Go-Go's decided it was now or never". Allmusic wrote "The album doesn't attempt to update the band's sound with hip-hop moves or electronic frippery, for which God should bless 'em, indeed. The girls' hold on the current pop world remains so strong that Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong co-writes a song ("Unforgiven") in impeccable Go-Go's drag".
  • 1997
    Age 38
    In 1997, she recorded "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" from Walt Disney Animation Studios's Hercules as part of that movie's standard distribution in Europe, and was released as a single exclusively in France and Germany.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Carlisle released a greatest hits album in the UK, a double-disc on the Virgin label, collectively entitled A Place on Earth: The Greatest Hits. Carlisle recorded three new tracks for the album's first disc, properly called The Greatest Hits, including the single "All God's Children", and the songs "A Prayer for Everyone" and "Feels Like I've Known You Forever". The second disc of the album entitled A Place on Earth, contained previously released remixes of some of her hits, plus a couple of B-sides which were previously unreleased.
  • 1996
    Age 37
    Carlisle returned to the recording studio, and resumed working again with Rick Nowels. In 1996 she released in the UK and Australia her sixth solo album, A Woman and a Man, on the Chrysalis Records label.
    More Details Hide Details This album, consisting of mostly relaxed adult pop, revitalized her solo career in Europe, and included several hits. The leadoff single, "In Too Deep", returned Carlisle to the UK Top 10, for the first time in six years, reaching No. 6. "Always Breaking My Heart", written and produced by Roxette's Per Gessle, also made the UK Top 10, peaking at No. 8. The album spawned two smaller hits in the UK: "Love in the Key of C", and "California", which featured arrangement and back-up vocals by Brian Wilson. The album reached No. 12 in the UK, and was certified gold. As a result of A Woman and A Mans UK success, the album was released in the US during the summer of 1997 on the small Ark21 label.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    Still active in Europe and Australia with a record contract at Virgin Records, her 1992 greatest hits album The Best of Belinda, Volume 1 reached No. 1, and was certified double platinum in the UK and platinum in Australia.
    More Details Hide Details This first greatest hits album included all the hits taken from the Heaven on Earth, Runaway Horses, and Live Your Life Be Free albums. The US version of the album was named Her Greatest Hits and also included songs from the first album Belinda. Carlisle's fifth solo album, Real, was released in 1993 on the Virgin label in the US and in Europe. Produced without Nowels, the disc was a departure from Carlisle's polished pop music formula. Even the album's cover photograph featured her with little or no make-up. Carlisle co-produced and co-wrote much of the disc, collaborating heavily with friend and ex-Go-Go Charlotte Caffey. The album was Carlisle's fifth consecutive to reach the UK Top 10 peaking at number No. 9. Real peaked also at number No. 23 in Sweden. Its first single, "Big Scary Animal", peaked at No. 12 in the UK. The second single from Real was "Lay Down Your Arms", which made the Top 30 in the UK. Gregg Alexander of the New Radicals co-wrote the single "Here Comes My Baby".
  • 1991
    Age 32
    In 1991, Carlisle released her fourth solo album, Live Your Life Be Free.
    More Details Hide Details The album marked somewhat of a return to 1960s-influenced music for Carlisle and included songs mainly written and produced by Rick Nowels but also two songs co-written by Carlisle. The single "Do You Feel Like I Feel? " was accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek video, inspired by the B-movie Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. The title track, "Live Your Life Be Free", released as first single outside the US, was a Top 20 hit single in many countries reaching number 12 in the UK and No. 13 in Australia. Subsequent releases "Half the World" and "Little Black Book" (co-written by Marcella Detroit of the Shakespears Sister under her real name Marcy Levy) were also hits outside the US. The album was also a success in Europe (Top 10 in the UK and Gold certification). To date, "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" is Carlisle's final single to enter in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 73.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    It was the final release from Runaway Horses in the UK where it was released as the album's sixth single in December 1990, peaking at No. 23 in January 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Further singles from the Runaway Horses album were successful as well: the title track, the summer mood influenced "La Luna", a Top 10 in Switzerland and Top 20 hit in Germany and Australia, and "(We Want) The Same Thing", reaching No. 6 in the UK. Bryan Adams contributed backup vocals for the track "Whatever It Takes". In the late autumn of 1990, the Go-Go's reunited for a tour to support their first best-of album, Greatest, including a new recording of the cover song "Cool Jerk" (Go-Go's original cover was featured on their 1980 European EP, with a second version being released in 1982). A notable feature of the tour was an anti-fur campaign, where the band members supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, an animal rights organization.
    The second US single, "Summer Rain", reached No. 30 in early 1990.
    More Details Hide Details The song, which Carlisle noted was the most difficult song she had ever sung up to that point, peaked successfully at No. 6 in Australia, where it has maintained popularity.
  • 1986
    Age 27
    In 1986, Carlisle married political operative and film producer Morgan Mason.
    More Details Hide Details Mason made appearances in Carlisle's music videos "Mad About You" and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". They have a son, James Duke Mason, born in 1992, who is a politician, writer and activist. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Carlisle and her family moved to Europe. Carlisle and her husband now live in Fréjus, France and the US. Carlisle appeared in Playboy magazine for the August 2001 issue. Carlisle states in her autobiography Lips Unsealed: A Memoir that she has practiced Nichiren Buddhism as a member of the Soka Gakkai International since 2002, and she often mentions in press interviews that she chants Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō daily. She told the Sydney Morning Herald that "I don't smoke anymore, I don't drink any more and I don't do drugs any more. I am very much into my Buddhism. I found turning 40 a real passage in time for me." Carlisle successfully kicked her drug and alcohol habits in 2005 at age 47.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    Head over Heels, from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to No. 11.
    More Details Hide Details In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The Go-Go's disbanded in 1985 and Carlisle embarked on a solo career. Carlisle's first solo album Belinda was released in 1986, also on I.R.S. Records. This album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. Her summer hit "Mad About You" peaked at No. 3 in the US, topped the Canadian Singles Chart, and charted in the top 10 in Australia. "Mad About You" was followed by the Motown-influenced single "I Feel the Magic", and by a cover version of the Freda Payne song "Band of Gold". All three songs were included on her debut album. The single "Since You've Gone", co-written by Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, was used only for promotion. Susanna Hoffs co-wrote the single "I Need a Disguise". Duran Duran's Andy Taylor played guitar on some album tracks and appeared in her "Mad About You" video clip.
  • 1958
    Born on August 17, 1958.
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