Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock reflects on band’s Hall of Fame induction, past breakup: ‘I was knocked out
The Go-Go’s were elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot
Gina Schock has plenty of reasons to celebrate these days.
The drummer will join the rest of her bandmates from The Go-Go’s to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday. The group will lead a class that also includes Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, Carol King and Todd Rundgren.
As an all-female band that played their own instruments, The Go-Go’s were a relative rarity in the early ‘80s. Born from Los Angeles’ punk rock scene, they had a string of melodic hits that included “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation,” among others.
Drummer Gina Schock of American pop group The Go-Go’s, circa 1980.
Schock spoke to Fox News about being inducted this year, how she initially coped with the band’s breakup, and the one song that truly shocked her along the way.
But then when it happened, it just felt so cool and exciting. We’ve been waiting for this. It just feels like icing on a cake. We’re finally going to be recognized and get this respect. So we’re all excited that it’s finally happening. Better late than never.
I remember the audience used to be like, “What the hell is this?” But of course, Paul, being the brilliant guy that he is, knew exactly how to handle things. We’ve been in touch over the years. He’s a dear friend. So when I knew this book was happening, he was one of the few people that I wanted to write a little essay or something for us. He’s a part of our history. Paul was rooting for us way back when. And we did the same for him.
I remember we got to meet them personally and they were all lovely gentlemen. Charlie Watts, especially. I idolized him growing up – still do. I got to be on Charlie’s drum kit. I made friends with his drum tech immediately. It was all such a thrill. Even talking about it now gets me excited. And Charlie, what an absolute gentleman. He was always dressed beautifully and so poised. He was everything I thought he would be and more. And when he played the drums, it was perfection.
Schock: There’s no guidebook. You’re just dropped into this world, you know? But we were all young and experiencing the same thing. But things were just coming so fast and furious. We were so busy being in the middle of it that we didn’t have the time to sit down and just process what was going on. But looking back at it now, it was just an incredible time. All the stars were aligned and it just worked out for us.
Gina Schock said there was one song she didn’t initially believe would do so well
… But despite all the success, my greatest accomplishment, my greatest mark on this Earth, is inspiring other women to pick up an instrument and become a musician. I want them to know that you can do it. You’re going to get a million nos. But you just need to stay straight on that path, your dream. Because anything is possible. I came from a very blue-collar, working-class neighborhood. I had this dream and nothing was going to get in my way. I was determined to get out of Baltimore. I was going either to LA or New York and make it happen. I really believed that. And crazy enough, it happened.
Kathy and I walked into our manager’s office and then we were told the band had broken up. Plain and simple. Charlotte had just gotten out of rehab, she was clean and sober. We were working on new material. We’ve got this girl, Paula Jean, we did the Rock in Rio festival – everything was working out beautifully. We were going to put out another record together. And then out of the blue, this happened.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. But one thing I felt quite sure about was that I wasn’t going to be a studio drummer because that doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not that disciplined. I like being in a band. I like working with other people and becoming buddies with them.
So I decided that I was going to put my band together and get my own record deal. And it worked out really well. I found my path. And I think it gave me even more faith in myself that I could do this. Life is going to throw curveballs, always. But you’ve got to be pushing and pushing. And hard work means something. I knew I had the talent to continue doing what I loved.