Without question, The Bangles have been one of the most successful all-female bands ever. With four different singles to peak at either number one or two in the Billboard top 100, The Bangles have assured themselves a lofty place in American music history.
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The Bangles formed when Susanna Hoffs teamed up with sisters Debbi and Vicki Peterson in late 1980. The threesome initially called themselves The Colours, then The Supersonic Bangs, then The Bangs. After some legal issues with an existing band by the name of The Bangs, the trio settled on The Bangles for their title. The Bangles soon added a fourth member in Annette Zilinskas to play bass. The group toiled in the Los Angeles nightclubs in their early years, with some limited success. When Zilinskas left the band in 1983, the remaining three group members would take in Michael Steele to be their bassist.
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"Walk Like an Egyptian" Video - The Bangles First #1 Hit (1986)
"Walk Like an Egyptian" Lyrics
The Bangles First #1 Hit (1986).
All the old paintings on the tombs
They do the sand dance, dont you know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They're falling down like a domino.
Get the rest of these lyrics from the Bangles Official Website here.
With sisters Debbi and Vicki Peterson, on drums and guitar respectively, singer/guitarist Susanna Hoffs, and bassist Michael Steele, the lineup was set. In early 1984, the Bangles released their first album All Over the Place, to mixed reviews. When the band released their second album , Different Light in 1985 their fortunes would change for the better."Manic Monday" (written by Prince) would chart at number two for the foursome. Their next single off of Different Light, "Walk like an Egyptian", would be the first number one hit for the Bangles.
The foursome's success would continue. With a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade Of Winter" from the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero, the band would chart a number two hit in 1987. Arguably the Bangles biggest hit was "Eternal Flame", released off of the multi-platinum smash album Everything in 1989.
"Eternal Flame" Video - The Bangles Second #1 Hit (1989)
Shortly after "Eternal Flame" hit number one, the Bangles would go their separate ways. The band would fire Firestars Management, and by the end of 1989 the group would be disbanded. Earlier that year, Susanna Hoffs and Michael Steele announced that they would be departing the Band. By New Year's Day 1990, and after almost ten years together, it seemed as though the Bangels had played music together for the last time.
The Reunion and Beyond
After almost a ten year separation, the girls got together in L. A. to write some songs in 1999, and by the next year, the Bangles had officially reformed. In 2002, the band released the album Doll Revolution. Although a big hit in Germany, and peaking at number 62 on the U. K. charts, the album made little headway in the U. S.
The Bangles have always been a huge success in the international music scene. Although Michael Steele was replaced by Abby Travis in 2005, the band is touring both the U. S. and Europe in 2008.
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