Gina Schock “Backbone” Of The Go-Go’s

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Gina Schock is an American drummer best known for her work with the all-women band, The Go-Go’s. She is one of the best female drummers rock industry has ever produced.

Gina Schock Performing
Gina Schock Performing

Talk about the beat, and Gina Schock has got it. At The Go-Go’s first appearance, it was already obvious there was no other female drummer like her. She displayed the greatest instrumental chop of anyone else in the band. The way she acted on the drums was magical, setting the melody at the right pace as the rest of the team did their best to play along.

The all-female band is known for giving out some inspiring music.  The other members display great mastery of the hooks and melody. They make a good team with all who listen to them, feeling the tunes’ inspirational flow. But it is Schock, who made the music suitable for dancing. 

With Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin on the guitar, they create a perfect mix of professional instrumentals. But you can always feel that there could be nothing if the drums missed in action.

The Go Gos
The Go Gos

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the group’s first two breakthrough hit have drum intros. It is because Gina makes the music lighten up even as the others try to hold the beat.

The drummer’s career began when she started working for Edie and the Eggs. The band comprised John Waters star Edith Massey who was already a great figure at the moment. It is to say that she might have been the reason Schock decided to take her drumming seriously as her motivator.

After exiting Edie and the Eggs, Schock found her way into Los Angeles, California, where she met with and joined the Go-Go’s.

She perfected her skills, creating a new drum idea until 1985 when the band was disbanded. And when it reformed after a few years, she was there to take over from where she had left. She could be the reason the band came to life again, noting that her skills brought other members together.

Even when she had open-heart surgery before the tour supporting the band’s album, Talk Show in 84, she never showed any weakness in her skills. She showed the scar to a Rolling Stone reporter during an interview who agreed it was truly amazing what the drummer could do.

She appeared a lot on TV in 1985 as the drummer for a Norwegian band a-ha. But it was a promo on TV because she never became an official member of the band.

Gina Schock On Stage
Gina Schock On Stage

Schock continued drumming for a number of artists after the dissolution of her band. She combined this with her singing and songwriting skills, which made those who worked with her found very useful.

She continues to work as a songwriter and producer for new bands, with several of her songs appearing in several films. Schock can be described as the strongest female drummer because of the way she hits them. It could be hard to imagine the band without her presence.

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