Friday, December 20, 2013

Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You

I don't dislike Belinda Carlisle -- really, I don't.  While her solo work was a bit slick and commercial for my taste it was also pretty inoffensive.  And truth be told, there is nothing wrong with a good pop song.  In fact, we tend to be somewhat deferential here at ERV, recognizing the tremendous amount of skill and work that goes into writing and recording any song.

Having said that, I found Carlisle's solo career somewhat disappointing.  The Go-Go's brand of new wave and surf influenced pop rock was creative and interesting -- even at the end, they were still churning out solid material, such as "Turn to You" (featured on ERV in November 2012).  In contrast, Carlisle seemed to take the safe route, recording well-crafted but less interesting pop songs.  I wonder if part of the issue was losing the songwriting influence of Jane Wiedlin, who co-wrote many of The Go-Go's strongest songs (often with Charlotte Caffey who continued to work with Carlisle).

Anyhow, "Mad About You" was the lead single off Belinda Carlisle's 1986 solo album, and it did quite well, hitting #3 on the charts, while the Belinda LP peaked at #13.  Carlisle would go on to have 5 additional top 40 singles and two additional top 40 albums before her success waned.

The video for "Mad About You" was directed by Leslie Libman, who would go on to become a successful TV director.  The video features Morgan Mason, Belinda Carlisle's husband (in fact, they married in 1986) and Andy Taylor (of Duran Duran fame) playing the guitar solo, just as he did on the record.



Cool trivia fact:  "Mad About You" was originally intended to be a Go-Go's song when the band briefly considered recording an album without Jane Wiedlin.

4 comments:

  1. Yes, I agree with you on Belinda Carlisle.
    Better as a GO-GO.
    I enjoy this song. Her "I Get Weak" Is Outstanding.
    Best,
    -Sam

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  2. Thanks for the feedback, Sam. I continue to be surprised by how broad your tastes are, but variety is the spice of life. Happy holidays to you and all of our readers.

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  3. Why Be Suprised?
    Love Your Site
    Everyone Has YouTube
    Love Your Site
    Just Too Much Fun.
    -Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam, glad that you like the vids. I promise not to be surprised by anything you like from now on; it is great that you enjoy Belinda Carlisle and Vain (and yes, I agree with both).

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