Jane Wiedlin

Greatly Appreciated

Jane Wiedlin  (born May 20, 1958) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actress best known as the rhythm guitarist and secondary vocalist of the all-female new wave band The Go-Go's. Wiedlin has also led a solo career.  (More from Wikipedia)
Charlotte Caffey left the Eyes shortly after the release of "Don't Talk to Me" to become one of the founding members of the Go-Go's (one of my all time favorites); she was bass player in the Eyes but became lead guitarist in her new band.  Despite their girl-next-door rep and cheerleader-good-looks, this most successful of the all-female rock bands was well rooted in LA's punk rock scene:  The other two founding members, lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle and guitarist Jane Wiedlin were numbered among the back-up singers called the Blackettes that performed with Black Randy and the Metrosquad.
(July 2010)
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I have presented most of the photos from the album insert in this post.  There is another on the CD itself, a negative photograph of Holly Ramos playfully positioning her crotch above the hole.  Once I saw the pose, it seemed like an obvious thing for a woman to do on an album, but I have never seen it done before or since. 


This photo is not at all pornographic – Holly Ramos is clearly clothed.  However, it makes me think that the band name Fur is meant to be a sexual reference.  The 2nd solo album by Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's is called Fur (1988); she is pictured on the cover holding a rabbit (a fertility symbol from time immemorial), so Wiedlin probably intended the same, even though Jane Wiedlin is well known as an animal rights activist. 


(June 2013/2)

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The band was formed in 1978 and was originally called the Misfits, with Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals), Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards), Margot Olavarria (bass), and Elissa Bello (drums).  Gina Schock replaced Bello on drums in 1979; after Olavarria became ill and could no longer perform, Kathy Valentine took her position in the band.  Jane Wiedlin thought up the name "the Go-Go's".  The band was signed to I.R.S. Records in early 1981 and started a lucrative tour with the Police, before returning shortly thereafter with their own headlining tour. 


(November 2013)


Last edited: March 22, 2021