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Belinda Carlisle

Updated on October 2, 2014

Singer Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle is the lead singer and a founding member of one of my favorite 80's groups, The Go-Go's, which is one of the most successful all-female bands in music history. After her Go-Go's days, Carlisle would go on to score six top-thirty singles and three top-forty albums in a chart-topping solo career of her own.

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The Go-Go's Days

Belinda Jo Kerzcheski (later Belinda Carlisle) was born August 17, 1958, in Hollywood, California. After her high school years were over, Belinda elected to forgo college and pursue her musical career. After a brief stint with the punk band The Germs, Carlisle teamed up with her friend Jane Wiedlin, to form The Go-Go's in 1978. The pair then recruited Kathy Valentine, Gina Schock and Charlotte Caffey to round out the group.

The Go-Go's debut album Beauty and the Beat spawned the hit releases "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" and went double platinum, while the albums Vacation and Talk Show offered more hit singles to the '80s music scene. The Go-Go's would revolutionize the pop landscape in the 1980s, and became the first all-female group to top the US charts.

Solo Career

Belinda Carlisle's solo career began in 1985 after The Go-Go's broke up. Her first album, 1986's Belinda, was a resounding success. Featuring the number three hit single "Mad About You," the record went gold and established her as a viable individual artist. The following year, Carlisle released Heaven on Earth, which turned out to be her biggest solo success to date. The record featured the number one title track, the number two single "I Get Weak," and the Top Ten "Circle in the Sand." Runaway Horses, released in 1989, was another successful album, spawning the hit singles "Leave a Light On" and "Summer Rain." However 1991's Live Your Life Be Free, failed to make the charts. Real, released in 1993, didn't revive Carlisle's career and she subsequently joined the re-formed Go-Go's in 1994. The Go-Go's reunion was short-lived, and Carlisle returned to solo recording in 1996 with A Woman and a Man. A string of collections and compilations followed, as well as another Go-Go's reunion. Carlisle's latest effort, Voila, was released in 2007 on the record label Rykodisc.

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"Heaven is a Place on Earth" Video

"Heaven is a Place on Earth" Lyrics

#1 Hit in 1987

When the night falls down

I wait for you

And you come around

And the world's alive

With the sound of kids

On the street outside

When you walk into the room

You pull me close and we start to move

And we're spinning with the stars above

And you lift me up in a wave of love

Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth ?

Ooh heaven is a place on earth

They say in heaven love comes first

We'll make heaven a place on earth

Ooh heaven is a place on earth

When I feel alone

I reach for you

And you bring me home

When I'm lost at sea

I hear your voice

And it carries me

In this world we're just beginning

To understand the miracle of living

Baby I was afraid before

But I'm not afraid anymore

Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth ?

Ooh heaven is a place on earth

They say in heaven love comes first

We'll make heaven a place on earth

Ooh heaven is a place on earth

Belinda Carlisle Discography

Belinda

Released by IRS Records in 1986.

Produced by Michael Lloyd.

Mad About You

I Need A Disguise

Since You've Gone

I Feel The Magic

I Never Wanted A Rich Man

Band of Gold

Gotta Get To You

From The Heart

Shot In The Dark

Stuff and Nonsense

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Heaven on Earth

Released by Virgin Records in 1987.

Produced by Rick Nowels.

Heaven Is A Place On Earth (4:05)

Circle In The Sand (4:26)

I Feel Free (4:49)

Should I Let You In (4:15)

World Without You (4:42)

I Get Weak (4:50)

We Can Change (3:45)

Fool For Love (3:57)

Nobody Owns Me (3:12)

Love Never Dies... (5:16)

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Runaway Horses

Released by Virgin Records in 1989.

Produced by Rick Nowels.

Leave A Light On

Runaway Horses

Vision of You

Summer Rain

La Luna

(We Want) The Same Thing

Deep Deep Ocean

Valentine

Whatever It Takes

Shades of Michaelangelo

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Live Your Life Be Free

Released by Virgin Records in 1991.

Produced by Rick Nowels, Richard Feldman, Eric Prissly and David Munday.

Live Your Life Be Free

Do You Feel Like I Feel?

Half The World

You Came Out Of Nowhere

You're Nothing Without Me

I Plead Insanity

Emotional Highway

Little Black Book

Love Revolution

World of Love

Loneliness Game

Belinda's Greatest Hits

Released by Virgin Records in 1992

Heaven Is A Place On Earth

(We Want) The Same Thing

Circle In The Sand

Leave A Light On

Little Black Book

Summer Rain

Vision Of You

Live Your Life Be Free

I Get Weak

La Luna

I Plead Insanity

World Without You

Do You Feel Like I Feel?

Half The World

Runaway Horses

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Her Greatest Hits

Released by MCA Records in 1992

Heaven Is A Place On Earth

I Get Weak

I Feel The Magic

Half The World

Gotta Get To You

Leave A Light On

Circle In The Sand

Mad About You

I Feel Free

Summer Rain

Live You Life Be Free

Vision Of You

Do You Feel Like I Feel?

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Real

Released by Virgin Records in 1993.

Produced by Ralph Schuckett and Charlotte Caffey.

Good Bye Day (4:39)

Big Scary Animal (4:08)

Too Much Water (5:16)

Lay Down Your Arms (4:38)

Where Love Hides (4:57)

One With You (5:11)

Wrap My Arms (4:27)

Tell Me (5:32)

Windows Of The World (3:26)

Here Comes My Baby (4:37)

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Released by Rykodisc Records in 2007.

Produced by John Reynolds

Ma Jeunesse Fout Le Camp

Bonnie et Clyde

Avec le Temps

Sous le Ciel de Paris

Des Ronds Dans L'Eau

Pourtant Tu M'aimes

Ne Me Quitte Pas

La Vie en Rose

Contact

Merci Chérie

Jezebel

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    • JulianBeams profile image

      JulianBeams 

      5 years ago

      One of the ladies I drooled over as a 15 year old. Lots of guys must have had a crush on her. Mine ended when she did the "Angel in the Centrefold" thingy. I was so young and innocent :-P

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      I've been a Belinda Carlisle fan forever! Love her look and her style.

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      moonlitta 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me being 16:) That's pleasantly refreshing!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 

      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Cool! We both love Belinda Carlisle & The Go-Go's. Lensrolling to my Who is Lens on them both! Cheers!

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      shrinkee 

      9 years ago

      Nice lens! I hope Belinda does well on Dancing with the Stars.

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