This Belinda Carlisle tune could have been the Motel 6 anthem
When the Go-Go's broke up in 1984 it was sad and maybe even a little scary. How scary? Maybe even Belinda Carlisle had to Leave The Light On.
Fans of the Go-Go's fell in love with band with their new wave look and sound but were oblivious to the fighting/ego problems/substance abuse that led to the Go-Go's break up. When Belinda Carlisle released her first solo material in 1986, many were surprised to hear the new poppy sound of the once new-wave queen. The public responded positively by making songs like Mad About You and Heaven Is A Place On Earth huge hits, while others like me felt a little empty and longed for the guitar sound of the Go-Go's. Of Carlisle's five solo Top 40 hits in the '80s, one that I could digest was Leave A Light On from 1989.
In the video for Leave A Light On, Carlisle is 180 degrees away from her Our Lips Are Sealed days as the once carefree girl in her early 20's embraces her early 30's glamorous side posing in chic clothing while seeking the spotlight on the bright city streets. Leave A Light On, which peaked at No. 11 on the singles chart, is also notable for its guitar solo. It only takes a few notes to recognize the slide guitar of Beatle great George Harrison on the track.
Carlisle would kiss and make up with the Go-Go's in the '90s but never has snagged a Top 40 hit since 1990. She is targeting later this year for the release of her first studio album in nine years. Carlisle married former President Reagan staffer (and son of actor James Mason) Morgan Mason in 1986 and their only son Duke is active as a Democratic city official in West Hollywood.