The Bangles

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The Bangles (2003 promo photo). From the left: Michael Steele, Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson.
The Bangles are a popular American pop/rock band started in the early 1980s.


The Bangles was one of the new generation of independent all-women bands that followed The Go-Go's in the early 1980s. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1981 as The Supersonic Bangs, later shortened to The Bangs. They were forced to change their name to The Bangles when a band from New Jersey, also named The Bangs, threatened to sue.

The original lineup was Susanna Hoffs (guitar, vocals), Debbi Peterson (drums, vocals, bass), and Vicki Peterson (guitar, vocals, bass); this lineup made one 45, "Getting out of Hand" b/w "Call on Me". Annette Zilinskas took over bass duties in 1982 and also played harmonica. This lineup put out an extended play disc titled The Bangles that same year. Zilinskas left in 1983 and was replaced with Michael Steele, formerly of The Runaways.

The Bangles' debut album on Columbia, All Over The Place (1984) captured their power-pop roots, and attracted the attention of Prince, who wrote "Manic Monday", a US #2 hit, for the group. 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 FM radio and MTV stalwarts. 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.

1988's Everything was another multi-platinum smash, and included their biggest selling single in the soft ballad "Eternal Flame", but working relationships within the band had broken down 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.

In 2000 they reformed to tour, and in 2001-2002 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. The Japanese version of the album features as bonus tracks both sides of their debut single.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

Current members


DVDs, films


The Bangles are the subject of an irreverent tribute song by The Saw Doctors entitled "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles".

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