Soon after leaving the Germs, she co-founded the Go-Gos (originally named the Misfits), with friends and fellow musicians Margot Olavarria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin.
Olavarria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock. Records, including 1982's Vacation, which went gold.
The Go-Go's became one of the most successful American bands of the 1980s, helping usher new wave music into popular American radio, and becoming the first all-female band who wrote their own music and played their own instruments to ever achieve a No. Head over Heels, from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to No. In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. This album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. 3 in the US, topped the Canadian Singles Chart, and charted in the top 10 in Australia.
1 album, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed". The Go-Go's disbanded in 1985 and Carlisle embarked on a solo career. "Mad About You" was followed by the Motown-influenced single "I Feel the Magic" written by Charlotte Caffey, and by a cover version of the Freda Payne song "Band of Gold". The single "Since You've Gone", co-written by Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, was used only for promotion.
Carlisle's first solo album Belinda was released in 1986, also on I. Susanna Hoffs co-wrote the single "I Need a Disguise" in which she also sang back-up vocals along with Jane Weidlin.