Belinda Carlisle Undressed
Belinda Carlisle (born Belinda Jo Carlisle (also known as Belinda Kurczeski) on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, California, is the lead vocalist for the rock & roll band The Go-Go's and also a solo artist.
Carlisle's first venture into music was as the drummer for the punk band The Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Soon after leaving this band she joined The Go-Go's. After the initial breakup of The Go-Go's in 1985 (allegedly due to hedonism and drug abuse by Carlisle and some of the other band members), Carlisle cleaned herself up and embarked upon a solo career. Her first solo album, Belinda, was released on I.R.S. Records in 1986. Since Carlisle was somewhat overweight during her stint with the Go-Go's, fans were surprised to see a new svelte singer in the video for her hit single of music video "Mad About You", showing new curves featured on her album cover that were not due to airbrush work.
Carlisle flaunted her glamorous image on the cover of 1987's Heaven on Earth, her second solo album. The first release from Heaven on Earth was "Heaven is a Place on Earth", an international hit, topping the charts not only in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and several other countries. It is probably her most famous song. The success of the song was furthered by its video, which, under direction of American actress Diane Keaton, showcased Carlisle's glamour that included her new red hair, part of an image obviously inspired by Ann-Margret.
In August 2001, Carlisle posed nude for the men's magazine Playboy. The 42-year-old told ABC: "You don't have to be age 20 and size zero to be sexually viable or viable as a woman." Some speculate she may have done it to promote the newly reformed Go-Go's 2001 album God Bless the Go-Go's.