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- Posted on Jul 2nd 2010 4:00PM by David Chiu
So with the recent release of 'The Runaways,' the movie about the '70s female rock band, there may have been interest in revisiting the Go-Go's biopic, but bassist Kathy Valentine is grateful that the movie never came to light. "At first I was jealous that the Runaways got their movie made and we didn't." she tells Spinner. "I was like 'Goddamn it, they got the f---ing movie and we didn't."
But when Valentine went to see the film, she saw how it mainly focused on Runaways singer Cherie Currie and guitarist Joan Jett (played respectively by Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart), and not the other two members in the band, guitarist Lita Ford and drummer Sandy West.
"Back then, a lot of girls could play rhythm guitar," she says. "[But] I have never seen a girl play lead guitar until I saw Lita play, and I've never seen a girl play drums the way Sandy West did. To me, seeing those two left out, I thought maybe it was a good thing that the [Go-Go's] movie didn't get made. What if I was the one left out? If there was a Go-Go's movie and if it was all about Belinda [Carlisle] and Jane [Wiedlin], it would ruin the experience of having been in that band for me."
Those who want to learn about the story of the Go-Go's can check out Valentine's ongoing memoir on Twitter along with Carlisle's recent book. Valentine says she hasn't read her bandmate's memoir, which details Carlisle's long battle with drugs and how she overcame them in 2005.
"Obviously, nobody in the band was ignorant to what was going on with Belinda," says Valentine. "She's a different person all the way around. It took her a while to find her bottom probably because she is Belinda and she's got this thing about her -- she can piss you off, screw up and mess up, but she is very likable to us. She's just the kind of person that you were hoping would get her s--- together. She's so much happier."
The Go-Go's were scheduled to go on their final tour this summer but it was canceled due to guitarist Jane Wiedlin's injury from a hiking accident. Last Thursday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proclaimed that the Go-Go's would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.