After the initial breakup of The Go-Gos in 1984, Carlisle embarked upon a solo career. Somewhat overweight during her stint with the Go-Go's, fans were surprised to see a new svelte Carlisle gracing the cover of her 1988 solo album Heaven on Earth. Later a music video for her hit single Mad About You showed her new curves were not due to airbrush work.
In August 2001 Carlisle posed nude for the men's magazine Playboy. The 42-year-old told ABC: "You don't have to be age 20 and size zero to be sexually viable or viable as a woman." Some speculate she may have done it to promote the newly reformed Go-Go's 2001 album God Bless the Go-Go's.
Currently the Go-Gos plan to continue playing and touring together.