The Go-Go’s are among the five names set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2021, and they’ve shared their delight on the news. The legendary group will be entering the exclusive club alongside Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, Carole King, and Todd Rundgren.
Artists can only become eligible for nomination 25 years after they released their first recording. It’s the second time that Dave Grohl, Tina Turner, and Carole King have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Grohl entered with Nirvana in 2014. Meanwhile, King was inducted alongside Gerry Goffin in 1990 and Tina in 1991 for her work as half of the duo, Ike & Tina Turner. However, The Go-Go’s have been eligible for a nomination since 2006, but this year marked the first time they even got their name on the ballot.
“I feel like we’re getting the Academy Award of Music,” the band’s Gina Schock told Rolling Stone. “It’s like a Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m extremely excited and very grateful,” she added.
Jane Wieldin added: “We knew that, for whatever reason, we weren’t one of the popular kids in class when it came to this whole Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thing, for a long time. And so I just didn’t think about it ever. I was like, ‘For whatever reason, they just don’t like us, and they never will.'”
“And then everything shifted and there became this possibility that it might happen. I was pretty afraid to be hopeful. I don’t like to get my hopes dashed. And when we found out it actually happened, I was dumbstruck. I was afraid to hope; I really was. And then it happened. It’s hard to express how exciting it is to be inducted in the cool kids. It’s amazing.”
It’s fitting that The Go-Go’s enter the Hall of Fame alongside Foo Fighters, with the band’s Charlotte Caffey formerly playing alongside Pat Smear in the cult punk band, The Germs.
“Pat Smear called me yesterday,” Caffey revealed. “We were discussing the punk-rock roots of the Foo Fighters and the Go-Go’s. At that time, he appeared to not know that he was in. I guess we’ll all be there. I guess we’ll have to play an original Germs song, or something. [Laughs] Let’s do ‘Forming.’ It’s got two chords.”
Fingers crossed, we get to hear a Go-Go’s and Foo Fighters supergroup blast through a rendition of ‘Forming’ during the ceremony on October 30th in Cleveland.