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The Bangles

The Bangles in publicity photo: Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Michael Steele and Vicki Peterson.
Background information
Also known as The Supersonic Bangs, The Bangs
Origin Flag of the United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre(s) Rock, Pop
Years active 1981–1988
2000–present
Label(s) I.R.S., Columbia, Koch
Website The Bangles.com
Members
Susanna Hoffs
Debbi Peterson
Vicki Peterson
Former members
Annette Zilinskas
Michael Steele

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Contents

History

Formation and early years (1981-1983)

The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981 as The Supersonic Bangs, later shortened to The Bangs. The band was part of the so-called Paisley Underground scene in LA, which featured groups that played a mixture of 1960s influenced folk-rock and jangle-pop with a more modern punk-ish/garage band undertone. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Paisley Underground is a term used to describe a genre of rock music, based primarily in Los Angeles, California, which was at its most popular in the mid-1980s. ... Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... The term garage band has several meanings, all related in someway to music. ...


They were forced to change their name to The Bangles when a band from New Jersey, also named The Bangs, threatened to sue.[1]


The initial Bangles line-up of Susanna Hoffs (vocals/guitars), Vicki Peterson (guitars/vocals), Debbi Peterson (drums/vocals) and Annette Zilinskas (bass/vocals) recorded at least one single as the Bangs, then made their recorded debut as the Bangles with a self titled EP, which was released on their manager Miles Copeland's Faulty Products label in 1982. Zilinskas subsequently left the band, and was replaced on bass by Michael Steele. Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles (2003 promo photo) Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is a vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Bangles. ... Vicki Peterson - Victoria Anne Theresa, (born 11 January 1958, Burbank, California) is a US pop musician (guitar, vocals). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Annette Zilinskas was the original bassist with The Bangles (1981-83) and lead vocalist with Blood on the Saddle (1983-89). ... Miles Axe Copeland III (May 2, 1944—) is an American entertainment executive, best known for founding I.R.S. Records. ... Michael Steele Michael S. Steele (born October 19, 1958) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, having been elected on the same ticket as Governor Robert L. Ehrlich in 2002. ...


Career peak (1984-1989)

The Bangles' full-length debut album on Columbia, All Over the Place (1984), captured their power-pop roots, featuring the singles "Hero Takes a Fall" and the Kimberley Rew-penned "Going Down To Liverpool" (originally recorded by Rew's band Katrina and the Waves). The record attracted good critical notices, and the video for "Liverpool" featured Leonard Nimoy, which helped to generate further publicity. All Over The Place was The Bangles first full length album for Columbia Records and is considered to be their best album. ... Kimberley Rew is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Katrina and the Waves were a pop rock band of the 1980s, best known for their smash hit Walking on Sunshine and their 1997 Eurovision Song Contest victory. ... Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. ...


All this went some way to attracting the attention of Prince, who later wrote "Manic Monday" for the group.[2] Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an iconic artist, having released several hundred songs, both under his own name and through other artists. ... Manic Monday (1986) was the first hit single by pop group The Bangles. ...

Cover of Different Light, their bestselling album
Cover of Different Light, their bestselling album

"Manic Monday" went on to become a U.S. #2 hit, outsold at the time only by another Prince composition, his own "Kiss". The accompanying album Different Light (1986) was more polished than its predecessor and, with the help of the worldwide #1 hit "Walk Like an Egyptian", saw the band firmly in the mainstream as radio and MTV stalwarts. Image File history File links Banlges_different_light. ... Image File history File links Banlges_different_light. ... Different Light is an album by The Bangles released in January 1986. ... Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an iconic artist, having released several hundred songs, both under his own name and through other artists. ... Kiss is a 1986 song by Prince and the Revolution, from the album Parade. ... Different Light is an album by The Bangles released in January 1986. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... walking like an Egyptian Walk Like an Egyptian is the name of a U.S. number-one hit from the Different Light album released by The Bangles in 1986. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...


There was friction among band members after the media began singling out Hoffs as the lead singer of the group.[3] In 1987, Hoffs starred in a film, The Allnighter, which was directed by her mother, Tamar Simon-Hoffs, and was critically panned. That, and the firing of their manager Miles Copeland, further exacerbated the dissent among the band members.[4] But they soon had another #2 hit with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade Of Winter" from the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero, which they produced on their own. The Allnighter is a 1987 comedy film. ... Miles Axe Copeland III (May 2, 1944—) is an American entertainment executive, best known for founding I.R.S. Records. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Less Than Zero is a 1987 film based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. ...

1988's Everything was another multi-platinum smash and included their biggest selling single in the soft ballad "Eternal Flame" which was inspired by Elvis Presley's eternal flames and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which co-writer Billy Steinberg attended.[5] Image File history File links The_Bangles_Eternal_Flame. ... Image File history File links The_Bangles_Eternal_Flame. ... Eternal Flame was a hit single for The Bangles in 1989. ... Everything is a 1988 album by the Bangles. ... Eternal Flame was a hit single for The Bangles in 1989. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... The eternal flame at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Sofia, Bulgaria Eternal Flame is also a song originally performed by The Bangles. ... Billy Steinberg is an American songwriter. ...


The working relationships within the band had broken down, however, and they split shortly after,[3] with Hoffs embarking on a solo career and Vicki Peterson touring as a member of the Go-Go's and the Continental Drifters. For the 1960s band, see The Go-Gos (1960s). ... The Continental Drifters were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1990s and dissolved in New Orleans, Louisiana about a decade later. ...


Bangles go their separate ways

Hoffs released a solo album When You're a Boy, produced by former Bangles producer David Kahne. The album spawned a minor hit "My Side of the Bed", but it stalled, and Hoffs was dropped from Columbia during the recording of her second solo album.[6] The second solo album Susanna Hoffs, released in 1996, fared better critically,[7] but it too had disappointing sales. Hoffs married film director Jay Roach (Austin Powers and Meet the Parents), and their union led to the Bangles' reunion of 2000.[7] Vicki Peterson joined and contributed songs to the New Orleans band the Continental Drifters, which received rave reviews. Debbie Peterson had a short-lived career with Siobhan Maher under the name of Kindred Spirit, while Steele lived in semi-retirement in California. When Youre a Boy is the debut solo album by Susanna Hoffs. ... Jay Roach (born 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American film director and producer whose credits include the Austin Powers movies, and the hit comedies Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers starring Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... The Continental Drifters were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1990s and dissolved in New Orleans, Louisiana about a decade later. ... Siobhan Maher Kennedy (born 11 Jan 1964) (nee Siobhan Maher) was the lead singer of Liverpool-based band River City People during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


Bangles join forces again

In 2000, the Bangles re-formed to tour. The group was also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.[8] In 2001–2002 they recorded a new album Doll Revolution. A cover version of "Eternal Flame" was a 2001 UK #1 for Atomic Kitten. Doll Revolution, featuring such songs as "Stealing Rosemary", "Ride the Ride", "Nickel Romeo", and the single "Something That You Said", was released in early 2003. The title track was written by Elvis Costello, who initially recorded it for his 2002 album When I Was Cruel. The Japanese version of the album featured as bonus tracks both sides of their debut single. It sold poorly, partly due to lack of promotion, and received mixed reviews. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Doll Revolution is the first album of original material by The Bangles since 1988s Everything. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Eternal Flame was a hit single for The Bangles in 1989. ... Atomic Kitten is an English girl group from Liverpool composed of Liz Lil McClarnon, Natasha Tash Hamilton, and Jenny Frost - who replaced original member Kerry Katona in January 2001. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus August 25, 1954 in London) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... When I Was Cruel is Elvis Costellos 20th album, recorded in 2001 and 2002 and released in the US by Island Records on 23 April 2002. ...


In 2005, the Bangles announced the departure of Michael Steele. Steele was replaced by Abby Travis for live appearances. Travis is not an official member of the group[9] On December 31, 2005, they reunited to perform "Hazy Shade of Winter" in front of Times Square and later performed "Eternal Flame" as part of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006. Their third holiday single, Light My Way, is available as a download via iTunes. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Times Square. ... This article is about the iTunes application. ...


Band members

Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles (2003 promo photo) Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is a vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Bangles. ... Vicki Peterson - Victoria Anne Theresa, (born 11 January 1958, Burbank, California) is a US pop musician (guitar, vocals). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Annette Zilinskas was the original bassist with The Bangles (1981-83) and lead vocalist with Blood on the Saddle (1983-89). ... Michael Steele (born on 2 June 1955 in Pasadena, California, USA) was a bassist, songwriter, and singer with The Bangles. ...

Discography

Albums

Year Title US Chart UK Album Chart
1982 The Bangles (EP) - -
1984 All Over The Place 80 86
1986 Different Light 2 3
1988 Everything 15 5
1990 Greatest Hits 97 4
2003 Doll Revolution - 62

Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... All Over The Place was The Bangles first full length album for Columbia Records and is considered to be their best album. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Different Light is an album by The Bangles released in January 1986. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Everything is a 1988 album by the Bangles. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Greatest Hits is a 1990 album by The Bangles. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Doll Revolution is the first album of original material by The Bangles since 1988s Everything. ...

Singles

Year
Title
Chart positions
Album
Notes
US Hot 100
UK Official Chart
1981 "Getting Out of Hand" - -   Locally released in USA only
1983 "The Real World (Remix)" - - The Bangles Promo-only release in USA only
1984 "Hero Takes a Fall" - 96 All Over the Place  
1985 "Going Down to Liverpool" - 79 All Over the Place  
1986 "Manic Monday" 2 2 Different Light Written by "Christopher" (Prince)[2]
1986 "If She Knew What She Wants" 29 31 Different Light  
1986 "Going Down to Liverpool (re-release)" - 56 All Over the Place UK only
1986 "Walk Like an Egyptian" 1 3 Different Light  
1987 "Walking Down Your Street" 11 16 Different Light  
1987 "Following" - 55 Different Light UK only
1987 "Hazy Shade of Winter" 2 11 Less Than Zero soundtrack  
1988 "In Your Room" 5 35 Everything  
1989 "Eternal Flame" 1 1 Everything  
1989 "Be with You" 30 23 Everything  
1989 "I'll Set You Free (remix)" - 74 Everything  
1990 "Everything I Wanted" - - Greatest Hits Continental Europe/Australia only
1990 "Walk Like an Egyptian (remix)" - 73 Greatest Hits UK only
1990 "The Eternal Mix" - - Greatest Hits Promo only, Spain only
2003 "Something That You Said" - 38 Doll Revolution  
2003 "Tear Off Your Own Head" - - Doll Revolution Continental Europe & Japan only
2003 "I Will Take Care of You " - 74 Doll Revolution UK Only
2006 "Light My Way" - - - Download Only (iTunes)

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DVDs, films

Year Title Comment
1982 The Haircut Cameo appearance
1990 The Bangles - Greatest Hits: Videos (VHS)  
2003 Doll Revolution Bonus DVD  
2005 The Bangles - Greatest Hits: Videos (DVD)  

Greatest Hits is the 1990 video containing the greatest hits of The Bangles. ... Doll Revolution is the first album of original material by The Bangles since 1988s Everything. ... Greatest Hits is the 1990 video containing the greatest hits of The Bangles. ...

Trivia

  • The Bangles are the subject of an irreverent tribute song by The Saw Doctors entitled "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles".
  • Susanna Hoffs is the subject of Robbie Fulks' "That Bangles Girl".
  • Appeared on a season one episode of Gilmore Girls entitled "Concert Interruptus" and performed parts of "Hero Takes a Fall" and "Eternal Flame".
  • Known as the main test media content for Discretix OMA DRM implementation.
  • In 2006,The Bangles recorded "Good Day Sunshine" for the kids compilation "All Together Now".
  • In 1988 Vicki Petterson and former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent wrote a song together, called "Make A Play For Her Now" for the Bangles' Everything album.

The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was the soundtrack album released in conjunction with the 1985 film The Goonies. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an iconic American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Saw Doctors are a folk-rock band from Tuam, County Galway in the west of Ireland, named after the itinerant craftsmen who once traveled from sawmill to sawmill sharpening and repairing saws. ... Robbie Fulks is an American alternative country artist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina but who is a longtime Chicago, Illinois resident. ... Gilmore Girls was an American television drama/comedy that began on October 5, 2000 and aired its final episode on May 15, 2007. ... OMA DRM is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) system invented by the Open Mobile Alliance whose members represent the entire value chain, including mobile phone manufacturers (e. ... The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a school in the English city of Liverpool that offers training in Acting, Dance, Music, Sound Technology, Arts Management, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Design. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. ... Vincent John Cusano, stage name Vinnie Vincent (born August 6, 1952, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), is a guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band KISS. Vincent played lead guitar on the album Creatures of the Night and subsequently toured with KISS in Ankh Warrior makeup. ...

References

  1. ^ The Punkpopmod Archives The Bangs biography. Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  2. ^ a b Greenwald, Matthew. "Manic Monday: The Bangles: Song Review". All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2006-09-08.
  3. ^ a b Muze UK Ltd, Biography of The Bangles Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  4. ^ The Bangles Collective Biography. Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  5. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 hits uit de Top 40, page 261, 9023009444
  6. ^ nndb.com Biography Susanna Hoffs Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  7. ^ a b BBC Biography The Bangles Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  8. ^ Vocal Hall of Fame The Bangles page. Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
  9. ^ theage.com.au "Bangles shake again" Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006

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