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In 1980, Stiff Records released the band's first single, "We Got the Beat," and bassist Kathy Valentine joined the group. The Go-Go's achieved instant fame as one of the first all-girl groups, uncontrolled by men, to hit it big. After their second album, Vacation, made the top 10 in 1982, the Go-Go's were named Billboard's Top Artist of the Year. S., married boyfriend Morgan Mason and began to end her drug habit. The single "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" benefited from an amusing video directed by actress Diane Keaton and topped the pop charts in America and Britain. A 1994 Go-Go touring reunion, in support of the two-CD retrospective Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's, came just in time for Carlisle.
But, by 1984's musically accomplished Talk Show (featuring the hit single "Head Over Heels"), the Go-Go's were in trouble. When the follow-ups, "I Get Weak" and "Circle in the Sand," went top 10 in both countries, Carlisle's career momentum seemed unstoppable. Carlisle reunited with the Go-Go's in 1990 for a 20-city reunion tour, but tried the solo route again in 1991 with Live Your Life Be Free, which flopped in the States. The following year, she sang on the Lemonheads' Come On Feel the Lemonheads, but her own Real marked another U. But she ended the reunion by deciding to go solo again, signing with Chrysalis in 1996.
Miss Carlisle, who has been drug-free for six years, said: ‘He had a charisma I’ve never seen in anyone else.
There was a moment in 1984 when I had a flash that he wasn’t long for this earth.
I saw him just before his death and that sparkle was gone.