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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 Los Angeles, California,United States
Genre(s) Rock, Pop
Years active 1981–1988/2000–present
Label(s) I.R.S., Columbia, Koch
Website The
Susanna Hoffs
Debbi Peterson
Vicki Peterson
Former members
Annette Zilinskas
Michael Steele

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The Bangles

The Bangles are an all-female band that originated in the early 1980s, scoring several hit singles through much of the decade.


Formation and early years (1981-1983)
The band was formed by sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson 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. They were forced to change their name to The Bangles when a band from New Jersey, also named The Bangs, threatened to sue. The initial Bangles line-up of Susanna Hoffs (vocals/guitars), Vicki Peterson (guitars/vocals), Debbi Peterson (vocals/drums) and Annette Zilinskas (vocals/bass) 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 and vocals by Michael Steele.

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 this went some way to attracting the attention of Prince, who later wrote "Manic Monday" for the group. Cover of Different Light, their bestselling album"Manic Monday" went on to become a #2 hit in the US, the UK and Germany, 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. There was friction among band members after the media began singling out Hoffs as the lead singer of the group, due to Columbia Records practice of releasing mostly singles on which Hoffs sang lead vocal. In fact, the group's albums were fairly evenly divided among all of the band's members, all of whom wrote or co-wrote their songs. 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. But they soon had another US #2 hit with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade Of Winter" from the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero, whereas on the other side of the Atlantic the melancholic "If She Knew What She Wants" reached the German Top 20. Cover of Eternal Flame 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. The single became another worldwide No.1 hit. The working relationships within the band had broken down, however, and they split shortly after, with Hoffs embarking on a solo career and Vicki Peterson touring as a member of the Go-Go's and the Continental Drifters.

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",and a Cyndi Lauper penned "Unconditional Love", but it stalled, and Hoffs was dropped from Columbia during the recording of her second solo album. The second solo album Susanna Hoffs, released in 1996, fared better critically, 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. 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.

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. 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. Doll Revolution was a solid comeback success in Germany after the Bangles had performed in Germany's biggest TV show Wetten dass, but failed to make any impact in other important markets such as the UK, the U.S. and Australia. 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. 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. August 2007 saw the release of their first official live DVD, Return to Bangleonia - Live in Concert.

In popular culture
Like many other modern music groups, the Bangles have contributed to many other artists' works and to compilations. They provided the song "I Got Nothing" for the soundtrack album for the 1985 film The Goonies, and made a cameo appearance in Cyndi Lauper's music video for "Goonies 'R' Good Enough". Lauper later enlisted them for backup vocals in her 1986 hit song "Change of Heart". In 1988, while recording his album Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty and his lead guitarist Mike Campbell called on the group to provide backing vocals for the song "Waiting for Tonight". Unfortunately, the song never made it to the album, but instead made the compilations Playback and Anthology: Through the Years.[citation needed] In February 2001, the first-season Gilmore Girls episode "Concert Interruptus" involved a trip to see a Bangles concert, and featured cameos and music by the band. They also covered the Beatles hit "Good Day Sunshine" for the 2006 album All Together Now: Beatles Stuff for Kids of All Ages. Several artists have honored the Bangles, more or less, in their own songs. The Saw Doctors include an irreverant tribute to them, "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles", on their 2003 album Play It Again Sham!. Alternative-country artist Robbie Fulks sings a wistful ode to "That Bangle Girl", a song identified as one of his "personal favorites", on his 2000 Very Best album.

Band members
Susanna Hoffs - vocals/guitars
Vicki Peterson - guitars/vocals/bass
Debbi Peterson - drums/vocals/bass
Annette Zilinskas - bass/vocals (1982-1983)
Michael Steele - bass/guitars/vocals (1983-2005)


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 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)

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)
2007 Return to Bangleonia (Live DVD) Recorded live at House of Blues, Hollywood, September 2000

Trivia sections are discouraged under Wikipedia guidelines.
The article could be improved by integrating relevant items and removing inappropriate ones.

Susanna Hoffs is the subject of Freddy Blohm's "The Corner of Her Eye".
Known as the main test media content for Discretix OMA DRM implementation.
In July 2004, The Bangles were made Companions of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. 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 Punkpopmod Archives The Bangs biography. Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ a b Greenwald, Matthew. "Manic Monday: The Bangles: Song Review". All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2006-09-08.
^ a b Muze UK Ltd, Biography of The Bangles Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ The Bangles Collective Biography. Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, 500 Nr. 1 hits uit de Top 40, page 261, 9023009444
^ Biography Susanna Hoffs Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ a b BBC Biography The Bangles Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ Vocal Hall of Fame The Bangles page. Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ "Bangles shake again" Retrieved: Sept 15, 2006
^ "Gilmore Girls: Concert Interruptus (2001)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-11-25. Excerpts of the songs "Hero Takes a Fall" and "Eternal Flame" were featured in the concert that the Gilmore party attended.
^ Berick, Michael. All Together Now: Beatles Stuff for Kids of All Ages [B&N Exclusive]. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2007-11-25.
^ Sleger, Dave. "Play it Again Sham!". All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2007-11-25.
^ Fink, Matt. "The Very Best of Robbie Fulks". All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2007-11-25. Although Fulks never says her name, the line "When the little one took the mike, I knew I'd fallen" suggests the particular "Bangle girl" he pines for is Susanna Hoffs, the shortest member of the group and frequent lead singer.

External links
The Bangles official website
The Bangles Discography
The Bangles at MySpace
Abby Travis interview at BassGirls.Com Entry
'The Bangles' Vocal Group Hall of Fame Page
'The Bangles BIO'


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