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Guitarist for The Go-Go’s, Jane Wiedlin penned many of their greatest songs, including “Our Lips Our Sealed” (a co-write with Terry Hall of Specials/Fun Boy Three), and she’s had solo hits, too, not to mention duetting with Sparks on the great “Cool Places.”
Her current project is Elettrodomestico, a collaboration with Pietro Straccia that is a more modern, synthy take on the kind of catchy power pop Jane made with the Go-Go’s. Their debut album, If You’re a Boy or a Girl, will be out October 20 and we’ve got the premiere of the slinky “Rabbit Stew” which falls somewhere, sonically, between Elastica and Garbage.
Broadway’s got the beat: “Head Over Heels,” the musical that takes it score from the catalog of the band The Go-Go’s, has mapped out its road to New York, with a San Francisco run lined up for a spring opening prior to a move to Broadway for the 2018-19 season.
With Gwyneth Paltrow on board as one of its producers, “Head Over Heels” is an unlikely pairing of an Elizabethan romance (based on Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia”) with the pop hits of the all-female
band. Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”) conceived the show and wrote the original book, which is adapted by James Magruder. Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) directs, with choreography by Spencer Liff (“Hedwig,” “So You Think You Can Dance”).
Familiar tunes in the score include “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation” and “Our Lips Are Sealed,” as well as solo hits by the band’s frontwoman, Belinda Carlyle (“Mad About You,” “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”). The production premiered in 2015 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and had a developmental workshop at New York Stage and Film the following year.
The new staging reunites several members of the creative team of Mayer’s Tony-winning revival of “Hedwig,” including Liff, set designer Julian Crouch, lighting design Kevin Adams and costume designer Arianne Phillips.
“Head Over Heels” runs April 24-May 20 at the Curran Theater in San Francisco, with the exact dates and theater of the Broadway run still to be announced. Casting also has yet to be set.
Full article HERE
After the Go-Go’s retired from touring 2016, founding member Jane Wiedlin opted to start writing new music and get back in the studio. Wiedlin and Pietro Straccia, who first met in 2014, wrote their first song for Elettrodomestico following the death of David Bowie. The rest of the songs that make up If You’re a Boy or a Girl — which is scheduled for release on October 20 — were recorded in a variety of locations, including Straccia’s home studio, between February of 2016 and April of 2017.
The first Elettrodomestico track to have a proper accompanying music video was “Rabbit Stew.” Directed by pop/gore artist Brice Frillici — also known as SekDek — the video explores themes of marriage, conflict, gender non-conformity, and rebirth. Wiedlin and Straccia ultimately appear as wedding cake toppers in the “Rabbit Stew” clip, which was premiered by Brooklyn Vegan earlier this month.
In support of If You’re a Boy or a Girl, Elettrodomestico kicks off a West Coast tour on October 18 at Seattle’s Sunset Room. Touring continues with stops in Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Show dates, videos, and music from Elettrodomestico can be found on the duo’s Bandcamp page.
When did Elettrodomestico start in relation to the Go-Go’s ending?
Jane Wiedlin: The Go-Go’s are still together, we’ve just retired from touring! We did our final tour in Summer of 2016. Pietro and I wrote for all of 2016 and decided to become a band together in December of that year.
Around how many songs did you and Pietro write for Elettrodomestico’s first album?
Jane Wiedlin: I think we wrote 12 songs in collaboration. I probably wrote around 40 sets of lyrics and Pietro gravitated towards the ones he related to or just liked. We really loved what we were coming up with, so there wasn’t a lot of waste.
What is the writing process like for Elettrodomestico? Do you and have Pietro have to be in the room together to write?
Jane Wiedlin: No, in fact, I was in Hawaii and Pietro in Oakland for most of the writing process.
Do you have a favorite song on the Elettrodomestico album?
Jane Wiedlin: I really love “Lost at Sea” and “Mail Order Bride.”
— Jane Wiedlin (@janewiedlin) September 1, 2017
The video for “Rabbit Stew” was premiered via Brooklyn Vegan. How did you first encounter Brice Fillici?
Jane Wiedlin: Brice is a friend whom we are very big fans of. He makes amazing art under the name SekDek. Pietro had previously modeled for him on several occasions. Since we enlisted many of our creative friends to choose a song and make a video, having Brice do two videos was an obvious choice and a real coup for us. We LOVE what he does!
For someone thinking of coming to see your band’s upcoming West Coast tour, what should be expected? Do you only play songs by Elettrodomestico?
Jane Wiedlin: We do our entire album in order, since people don’t really know our songs yet. We also do a few Go-Go’s songs for fun. And we will be adding more songs as time goes on. As you can imagine, between the two of us, we have hundreds of songs!
Is Elettrodomestico a full-time thing for you? Might there be another solo Jane Wiedlin album in the future? Or even more from froSTed?
Jane Wiedlin: Yes, Elettrodomestico is full-time. We are both fully committed to this project. We love our babies — songs — and love working and singing together. Being in a duo is a blast! I doubt I will do more solo or froSTed.
Are there plans for you and Pietro to play live on the East Coast?
Jane Wiedlin: We just came back from doing some East Coast shows and hope to do lots more as soon as possible.
Full article HERE
Thank you to LA Weekly for this article. 🙂
WHO WANTS TO PARTY WITH JANE?! We are doing another awesome auction!! 🙂
This auction is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Rock icon and animal lover, Jane Wiedlin, has offered another pair of her personal A-section tickets for the final show of the Go-Go’s Farewell Tour at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on August 30, 2016, PLUS backstage passes for after the show!
But wait, there’s more!
As the winning bidder, you and your guest will also receive access to JANE’S SECRET AFTER-PARTY!! You will be Jane’s guests at a private party after the show where you’ll be able to get autographs and photos with Jane and party like a rock star!
Jane Wiedlin has made this wonderfully generous offer to benefit Tiny Loving Canines (TLC) dog and cat rescue shelter. 100% of the proceeds for this special auction will go to TLC, Ventura County California’s only full-time, absolutely no-kill rescue shop.
TLC has been forced to move from their current location and are in the process of buying a building of their own, so the funds raised from this auction are badly needed at this time. Your winning bid will not only give you the dream concert experience of a lifetime, but it will help to save over a hundred wonderful animals in dire need and help them to find their forever homes.
We can’t wait to see you all in just 3 more weeks!
See VIP options here: http://store.gogos.com/
We played the Billboard Music Awards last month!There’s a whole gallery of photos over at my FB page if you’d like to see them click HERE.
This auction is mind-blowingly incredible! Rock icon Jane Wiedlin has offered a pair of her personal A-section tickets for the final show of the Go-Go’s Farewell Tour at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on August 30, 2016, PLUS backstage passes for after the show!
But hold on, there’s more!
As the winning bidder, you and your guest will also receive access to Jane’s secret after-party! You will be Jane’s guests at a private party after the show where you’ll be able to get autographs and photos with Jane and party like a rock star!
Jane Wiedlin has made this wonderfully generous offer to benefit TLC (Tiny Loving Canines) dog and cat rescue shelter. 100% of the proceeds for this special auction will go to TLC, Ventura County California’s only full-time, absolutely no-kill rescue shop. TLC has been forced to move from their current location and are in the process of buying a building of their own, so the funds raised from this auction are badly needed at this time. Your winning bid will not only give you the dream concert experience of a lifetime, but it will help to save over a hundred wonderful animals in dire need and help them to find their forever homes!
TLC is a 501c3 nonprofit, registered with both the I.R.S. and the State of California as a charity (26-4639832).
This auction is for tickets, aftershow passes and entrance to Jane’s private after-party (location to be disclosed to winning bidder) only. The winning bidder must provide his/her heir own transportation, lodging, etc.
Rock legends the Go-Go’s will unite this summer for a month-long farewell tour.
Four members of the band’s classic line-up – singer Belinda Carlisle, guitarist Jane Wiedlin, multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Caffey and drummer Gina Schock – will play 18 dates throughout North America, starting August 2nd in Clearwater, Florida and concluding August 30th in Los Angeles. Indie-rock act Best Coast and singer-songwriter Kaya Stewart will open select dates throughout.
“After a 38-year run, we are gearing up for one last blast of a summer tour,” the band said in a statement announcing the trek. “We feel so lucky and so grateful to have had the incredible support of our fans for so long. We can’t wait to get out on the road and give the people what they want: some loud, fast music and a great party!”
I’m so excited. I will be officiating 2 different weddings in May.
One of the brilliant side effects of doing this Married By Jane officiant thing is the new “family members” I gain. I’ve fallen in love with each and every couple I’ve wed, so my circle of beloved ones just keeps growing.
Thank you everyone who has placed their trust in me for their special day!
If you’d like to have me officiate your wedding please visit www.marriedbyjane.com
Hello Everyone! How are you??
Thank you for following me online. I appreciate all the love and kindness you shower upon me! Here’s a little update on my 2015. It was awfully exciting.
Midway through 2015, the new MUSICAL, “Head Over Heels”, opened to great reviews and strong audience support at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The musical uses the music of the Go-Go’s, but the story is based on ARCADIA, a book written by a contemporary of Shakespeare named Phillip Sydney. It is a really fun tale with lots of twists and turns, gender-bending and romance. It was so fun to sit next to Charlotte watching the play when we all went up to see it. We were clutching hands like schoolgirls! It was also really nice to see Kathy. We couldn’t be prouder of the show and now it is being groomed to go to NEW YORK CITY! I hope when it open there that you will all go see it.
As for me: I moved to Hilo, Hawaii in August of 2015. This is my amazing view from my backyard.
Once I settled in to my new home in Hawaii I quickly learned that local humane societies and law enforcement agencies are inundated by reports of island dogs leading bleak lives, on chains 24/7, incarcerated in tiny kennels, and forced to endlessly breed, creating a massive overpopulation problem.
This type of animal abuse creates dangerous dogs, which are a safety hazard and a huge public expense. Humane societies are euthanizing at alarming rates. Stories of mistreated dogs in Hawaii have become more and more common. It was clearly NOT the Paradise I thought I was going to be living in.
At first I was really upset and depressed, and scared because it was a HUGE endeavor moving to this island, so far away. Then, I decided I had to take a stand and use my creativity to work with all my might to help pets any way I could. It was the moral thing and the right thing to do.
I started fostering dogs and cats. Then I organized a fundraiser to benefit a local animal rescue group, Aloha Ilio Rescue. Our little party ended up raising $5000, 100% of which went directly to the animals!
Next I wrote a program to be presented at elementary schools called Dogs Are Ohana! (“ohana” means “family”). It is a 45 minute show with three acts.
In Act One, we teach the keiki (kids) the stories of Ancient Hawaii, when dogs were revered and treated honorably. Act Two we show kids that there are other, better ways to keep dogs instead of living on chains or in tiny kennels, and also point out (in a cute funny way) the problems with not spaying/neutering your dog. Act Three is a dog tricks performance, starring a famous dog trainer and her cute talented dogs.
The kids learn that there is SO MUCH MORE that a dog can be, if you treat him right! We plan to start performing this show at elementary schools around the island starting in the Spring.
The next thing I did was befriend a local state Senator, Russell Ruderman, and ask him for help in reforming the anti-cruelty laws in Hawaii, which are practically non-existent and certainly not enforced.
I am happy to say, we now have several bills that will be presented to the Senate at the end of this month. These bills will strengthen our currently weak laws, and help create a new era of more humane treatment of our dogs in this Aloha State.
I don’t know if they will pass, but I will not give up! The one bill I think has a pretty good chance is the bill to end the EATING of DOGS. I know there are many who think the eating of any animal is wrong, but, as our spiritual companions, I feel like we need to at least start with DOGS! It just isn’t right to eat the one species on this planet that willingly aligns itself with humans!
Living with me I’ve got four “permanent” pets, all seniors. These are my dogs, Geordie (black Greyhound) and Malcolm (Chinese Crested)
These are my cats, Gummy Bear (Siamese) and Frank (don’t know what he is, but he has a raccoon tail!)…I had to lure Frank out from under the guest bed (where he lives) w a can of food!
Below are my latest two foster dogs. As of January they are both now in fabulous forever homes! First photo is me w Little Red Dog.
Her new forever home has a ten year old boy who is very kind and very smart. He re-named her Kaylee and is already teaching her tricks. PS Yes, I do have blue hair.
Sammy the sweet Pittie was chained 24/7, living on lava rocks w nothing to eat or drink.
You an see in the photo that he was severely under weight and almost dead when he was rescued.
Sam was in a vet hospital for two weeks and then I got him. He went from 30 pounds to 70 pounds while I had him. He is now in his forever home and is treated like the prince he is. If I never do anything else, I am so proud of saving this wonderful guy.
I have always been very passionate about animals and how they are treated but my moving to Hawaii and working with Aloha Ilio Rescue has reignited my passion for direct action.
Also – last week the Hawaii Island Humane Society hosted (along with the Animal Balance MASH team) a free spay/neuters for our community at the Kea’au shelter. Thanks to all these great volunteers for all the hard work. It was a lot of work but we spay/neutered 331 animals!!
To raise funds for animals I am using a large portion of the proceeds from my online shop (which sells autographed items and various items from my stage wardrobe to my personal closet) to help fund various animal rescue efforts here on the island. You can check out what’s for sale HERE.
2015 was a year of massive change and introspection. Moving to Hawaii on my own, as a single gal, was exciting but scary. And as you now know from the above, it changed my whole life!
Coming up in 2016: I am looking forward to flying to Oahu to testify on behalf of the anti-cruelty Senate bills I created. I’ll be visiting the island of Aruba in April to volunteer at a massive spay/neuter campaign there. And in August, the Go-Go’s will heading out for our final, farewell tour. Dates have not been annouced yet but watch the Go-Go’s FB page for updates. I hope all of you will come out!
This farewell tour looks like it’s for realsies. (And, no, we have never done a farewell tour before. We had one scheduled for 2010, but cancelled it when I fell off a cliff and destroyed my knee!). It is with mixed feelings that we embark on our last adventure together. What an incredible ride we have had. I hope you will continue to follow all of us on our future endeavors. I can’t thank you enough for your support of the band and my solo work over all these FIVE decades!
My biggest hope these days is that my adventures of helping animals will inspire you to get out there and do something, no matter how small. It all starts with one act of kindness!
Check out #7!!! 🙂
Jane has all kinds of autographed items in her official store.
Jane talks about the Go-Go’s early days, writing music and changes in today’s music business with DJ Dank and Maria Konner in Part 1 of her interview on Under the Golden GateLIVE! from Kink.com.
Jane talks about her comic book series and now musical Lady Robotika and making people happy with her music.
Jane talks with Maria Konner and DJ Dank about being a proud member of the BDSM community and her tour of the Kink.com facility.
Jane Wiedlin performs “Thirteen Men” while accompanied by Maria Konner on piano.
Hi all you Holiday people!
Well, finally 2014 is done. What a long strange year it’s been. I had lots of fun things happen, and lots of not-so-fun things too.
On the bright side, I performed quite a few weddings, each of them beautiful and joyful. I love doing weddings and always end up making new friends. By the way, if you are planning on getting married, you should use me as your officiant! (marriedbyjane.com)
The Go-Go’s did their annual tour this Summer. It was a short one but I still enjoyed myself. Over the years I’ve really fallen in love with the little seaside towns that dot the Eastern coast of the US. They are so charming and such fun to run around and explore! This year was no exception. Being a California girl born in Wisconsin, I find the East Coast glamorous and exotic. Thank you to everyone who came out to see us, especially those of you who come every year and make our shows feel more like family reunions than concerts! You are appreciated.
The band had the honor and privilege of writing songs with the amazing Linda Perry. What a great experience! She is so talented, it is kind of intimidating, but I put on my brave face and went into the experience ready to contribute and have fun. Both of these things I did! I have no idea what will become of the songs we wrote. More will be revealed, and I am trying to just have faith in the Universe on this one.
I worked really hard this year on the musical I have written, LADY ROBOTIKA: THE SPACE OPERA. This is not to be confused with the musical being made that uses the Go-Go’s music, HEAD OVER HEELS. While I am super stoked about the HEAD OVER HEELS musical, LADY ROBOTIKA is my baby because I wrote the whole script myself, and wrote or co-wrote every song! It’s a sci-fi comedy, and is very Girl Power and entertaining.
I organized several staged readings of the show to get audience feedback and then spent the rest of the year doing re-writes. The re-write process never ends, but at the beginning of December, I sent the script and songs out to various people who I hope may help me get this thing on the stage! I am looking for producers, donors, investors and a director and want to have it playing in San Francisco in August of 2015! I am learning a lot and I love doing something slightly different and new from my beloved band. Speaking of the band, Charlotte is a co-writer on several of the songs, so you KNOW the music is great!
In the Spring I bought a small piece of property on the Big Island of Hawaii with the intention of retiring there. I’ve been obsessed with Hawaii since the 80s, and especially the Big Island. It’s so…BIG, and so diverse. I love the volcanos…More on that in a bit.
The not-so-great things that happened…
I got Shingles. Yuck. They were on my face and head, and I thought it was spider bites until I saw a commercial for Shingles, and the actress in the ad looked like me!! Glad I saw that because I was able to immediately get on the medication which shortens the duration of the illness. I’m still waiting for my face to fully heal. Shingles are gross and painful! Don’t mess around if you suspect you have them; get to your doctor right away!
My identity got stolen! I started getting calls from credit card companies congratulating me on my new card. Hmmm, fishy. I only ever have ONE credit card because I’m always paranoid I will misplace my wallet and not be able to remember what cards I have! One card keeps my life simple, especially since I took over doing my own bookkeeping a few years back. Anyway, I quickly cottoned on that mischief was afoot, and joined Lifelock. They were helpful, but I still spent about a month on the phone, all day, every day, talking to credit card companies and credit bureaus and banks. What a mess!!! Strangely enough, even though Identity Theft happens millions of times a year, they actually CAUGHT the person! A lady detective in Los Angeles called me last week to tell me they arrested some people and one of them had a credit card in my name on her! Wow, what are the odds???
I split up with my boyfriend of seven years. I am heartbroken that we couldn’t make it work (my plan was that this was my last relationship; I was going for the long haul). Right now I am just being single. I am surrounded by the love of my dogs, family and good friends, so I am not lonely. It does feel strange though.
Just one week after escrow closed on my little piece of paradise in Hawaii, a new lava flow started that was headed straight for my place. This is still going on and is incredibly nerve-wracking. Even if my place doesn’t get inundated by lava, most likely the lava is going to cross the only highway that provides ingress/egress to the area, and thousands of people will be stranded by the flow. This means it will take more than 3 hours to access such services as hospitals, gas, the airport, shops, etc. This is a huge disaster, not just for me, but for the ten thousand people in the district. It’s hard to overstate the stress this is causing. It is a slow-moving disaster, and there isn’t anything I can do about it except wait to see what happens: where the lava decides to go and when. There is also no way of knowing how long this flow will continue. Lava tends to start and stop, and re-cover itself over and over, getting wider, longer and taller each time it does. Many of the flows on the island are nearly 100 feet high! I am doing my best to be philosophical about this, and patient too. Neither of these things are my strong suit!
I will leave you with this thought: Wouldn’t it be great if we all set our intentions for 2015 to be more compassionate, to help more and hurt less, to strive to be the best kindest people we can, and to be the people who ACT, not complain? That is what I am going for!
Much love to you all,
Why not get in the mood by downloading my holiday song HERE.
Back in Aug I had the pleasure of presiding over the wedding of Josh & Scott! One of the brilliant side effects of doing this Married By Jane officiant thing is the new “family members” I gain. I’ve fallen in love with each and every couple I’ve wed, so my circle of beloved ones just keeps growing.
Thank you everyone who has placed their trust in me for their special day!
Reverend Sister Go-Go (aka Jane Wiedlin) marries Neil & Dan. If you’d like Jane to officiate your wedding please visit marriedbyjane.com for more info.