Kathy Valentine

Talkhouse Contributing Writer Kathy Valentine has toured everywhere several times over, recorded major label and indie albums, done countless TV performances, and written or co-written hundreds of songs, including hits by the Go-Go’s — the band she joined at age 22 and made music history with.  Kathy lives in Austin, Texas, plays guitar in “garage glam” blues band the BlueBonnets, and produces aspiring female artists.  She is writing a book and screenplay while working on a degree in Fine Arts/English.  She’s on Twitter and Facebook.

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Bio

Kathy Valentine (born Kathryn Valentine, 7January 1959, Austin, Texas, USA) is the American bass guitarist known for the all-girl New Wave / punk / pop band, The Go-Go's which included Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey . She began playing at age 16 in her hometown of Austin, and joined a fledgling Girlschool in London, England in 1975. In 1978, Valentine relocated to Los Angeles, California and co-founded The Textones with Carla Olson. She joined the Go-Go's on New Year's Eve 1980, as a substitute for an ailing bassist, but was asked to remain as a permanent member shortly thereafter. She wrote "Can't Stop the World" on the Go-Go's début album, and co-wrote the hit singles, "Vacation" and "Head Over Heels", which appeared on subsequent releases. After the Go-Go's disbanded, Valentine played guitar in the World's Cutest Killers with former Girlschool guitarist Kelly Johnson, The BlueBonnets and The Delphines. In 2005, she released a solo recording, Light Years, that she co-produced, wrote, arranged and performed the guitar and vocal tracks. She now resides in her hometown of Austin with her husband and young daughter. Valentine performs regularly with the Go-Go's, the Impossible, and a new line-up of BlueBonnets. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Kathy Valentine (the Bluebonnets, the Go-Go’s) Talks Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter

By Kathy Valentine | March 5, 2015

Kathy Valentine (the Bluebonnets, the Go-Go’s) Talks Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Brandi Carlile’s new album radiates quiet celebration but also reminds us that human frailty can throw shade on whatever lightness we find.

Kathy Valentine (the Bluebonnets, the Go-Go’s) Talks Guided by Voices’ Motivational Jumpsuit

By Kathy Valentine | February 18, 2014

Kathy Valentine (the Bluebonnets, the Go-Go’s) Talks Guided by Voices’ Motivational Jumpsuit

Taking into account the nearly 30 Guided by Voices records and his equally extensive solo work, one can safely assume that Robert Pollard has...

Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go’s, the BlueBonnets) Talks Haim’s Days Are Gone

By Kathy Valentine | October 1, 2013

Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go’s, the BlueBonnets) Talks Haim’s Days Are Gone

Full disclosure: I am partial to the female musician. I don’t qualify for “GBG” status — those individuals known to us in lady bands as the...

Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go’s, the BlueBonnets) Talks Blue October’s Sway

By Kathy Valentine | August 13, 2013

Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go’s, the BlueBonnets) Talks Blue October’s Sway

The first time music made me cry, it was because of the sheer melodic and soulful beauty of what I was listening to, not because the lyrics were...

Kathy Valentine (the BlueBonnets, Go-Go’s) Talks Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork

By Kathy Valentine | June 4, 2013

Kathy Valentine (the BlueBonnets, Go-Go’s) Talks Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork

Summer of 1968, I’m a kid visiting my dad’s family in west Texas. One day, my 16-year-old cousin KJ holed up in his room for hours listening to...