Gina Schock Talks the Early Days of The Go-Go’s
The Go-Go’s are the the most successful all female band and were a staple of 80’s pop music. Pop wasn’t even the genre they are based in. The Go-Go’s were a punk band, and still are at heart. They were a group of women who wrote and arranged all of their own music. Which, at that time, was a little taboo. Their first album reached number one and held that spot for six weeks, eventually going double platinum. Drummer Gina Schock was there keeping rhythm the whole time.
Schock is an east coast music lover that drove across the country chasing the rock and roll dream. She brought a seriousness to The Go-Go’s that helped push them into stardom. However, being a drummer the in most successful female band isn’t the only accomplishment Schock can boast about. She has written many hit songs for some of the biggest names in modern pop music. Using her knowledge and longevity in the business, Schock is a mentor for young, eager artists. Giving them advice like never giving up and do whatever you have to, to reach your dreams.
Was music something that was in you from the start?
It was always something that really touched me on an emotional level, even as a child. I just knew it was something I wanted to create. I remember watching tv and waiting to see who was going to be on the Ed Sullivan show. When I worked or got my allowance, I would spend it on concert tickets and subscribing to music magazines. Anything that had to do with music, I was in. What really cemented it at a young age, was my brother, He’s 7 years older than me and was the one who would babysit. He took me to my first concert, Led Zeppelin opening for The Who in 1969. It really blew my mind. I positive then, that I was going to do that. I didn’t care what I was doing on that stage, I just wanted to be a rock star. I loved the idea of making music, and I liked the way it made me feel. It never mattered to me that I was a girl, the thought never even crossed my mind. It was just about the music.
When you joined The Go-Go’s did you know you all would be so successful?
Well, let’s put it this way. When I was 21, going on 22, I left everything in Baltimore and drove cross country with my best friend from high school. I came to LA knowing three people here. When I left Baltimore, I told everyone that the next time they saw me I was going to be a rock star. I was positive that I was going to make it. I had been playing in couple bands when I met the girls. They had only been The Go-Go’s for like six months. I went to see them play with a guy I was living with and told me, “You need to get in there and kick that drummer out.” When I saw the show , there was something very special about them that I loved. They just looked like they were having a great time on stage. I also loved the idea of being in an all girl band. Up until then, I had been in bands and I was sort of a novelty. Oh look, a girl drummer. But when I was with the girls, I felt powerful and mighty. I met two of the girls at a party, they fired their drummer and I quit the bands I was in. That was that.
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