Gina Schock Recalls How The Go-Go's 'Punkified' Her When She Joined


The Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock says the past two years have been so good for her and the band that she's starting to worry that she's about to wake up.

Ahead of The Go-Go-'s historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last month, Gina released a new book, Made in Hollywood: All-Access with The Go-Go's, which tells the band's wild story in photos and anecdotes.

Speaking with Q104.3's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke, Gina looked back on her introduction to the The Go-Go's in the late-'70s. She was certain that she'd found something special, but both parties had their work cut out for them if it was going to work.

The Go-Go-'s were talented but rough around the edges. Gina was a relatively polished drummer, but she was also sporting a kind of blonde afro that had to go for the band to be taken seriously.

"Yeah, they groomed me for the punk scene in L.A.," she recalled. "Look, man, I came out there, I was a musician No. 1 — that's all I cared about. I went out there to make it. When I saw them play, I thought, 'Here's diamonds in the rough.' You know they need a little bit of work, but there's something special here.

"When I got the chance to join the band, I did. And if they would have had me in a goddamn clown suit, I'd have been wearing that. Whatever worked. I wasn't into fashion that much, but it didn't take very long before I knew exactly what I needed to get. ...We were so poor. Everything we wore came from a thrift store."

In addition to hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photos from The Go-Go-'s career, Made in Hollywood includes essays on the band from the likes of Jodie Foster, Paul Reubens, Dave Stewart, Kate Pearson, The Go-Go's' Kathy Valentine and many others.

Check out the full conversation via the player above!

For more on Made in Hollywood, go here.

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