I Love You, Marryin’ Jane


We of the 1980s have long loved a band called the Go-Go’s, whose five members all possessed a swagger and style that is now common among today’s musicians, with the big difference being that the Go-Go’s could write their own songs and play their own instruments. I like Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Caffey well enough; but for me, the real heart of the Go-Go’s lies in the two members I’ve been crushing on since 1982: drummer Gina Schock, who I dug so much that I once dated a girl who looked just like her, and the impishly adorable Jane Wiedlin, who in addition to being one fierce pop-punk guitarist is now a legally ordained minister. Her site MarriedByJane.com is exactly as it sounds: It is the base for “Reverend Sister Go-Go’s” wedding operation, which involves her conducting nonreligious ceremonies “in the (nonchurch) location of your choosing.” In her introductory video, Wiedlin proudly notes that she’s married everyone from Star Wars cosplayers to nudists, no matter the gender of the couple, and has ever kept the beat. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to get married than by the woman who played Joan of Arc in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure