Belinda Carlisle


My first apartment I picked because it was within walking distance of all the clubs: the Whisky, the Roxy. We had no furniture—it was a party pad, really. But those times on Sunset Boulevard were exciting. It was a new energy. New music. I always loved playing the Whisky. We were practically the house band. It was just a magical time. I saw everybody perform in L.A.—Blondie, Iggy, Queen, the Ramones. Much later, after I discovered Buddhism, I also did my first chanting in L.A. I live in France now, but whenever I am back, I go to the Friendship Center to chant. » Carlisle, 52, was the lead singer of the Go-Go’s. She grew up in Burbank and Thousand Oaks.