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The Bangles are an American all-female band that originated in the
early 1980s, scoring several hit singles during the decade. In 1983
the Bangles signed to Columbia. Veteran power-pop producer David
Kahne produced All Over the Place, which featured such classic
Bangles songs as “Hero Takes a Fall” and Kimberley Rew’s “Going
Down to Liverpool.” After seeing the video for ”Hero Takes a Fall,”
Prince became a fan, and gave them the song “Manic Monday,” which
went to #2 in 1986. The parent album, Different Light, which
reached #2 on the album chart, featured other hits as well: “Walk
Like an Egyptian” (which went to #1), Jules Shear’s “If She Knew
What She Wants,” “Walking Down Your Street” and a cover of Alex
Chilton’s “September Gurls.” In 1987 the Bangles’ version of Paul
Simon’s “Hazy Shade of Winter” from the Less Than Zero soundtrack
became their second #1 track. Everything followed in 1988, yielding
the hits “In Your Room” and “Eternal Flame.” Susanna Hoffs, lead
guitarist Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson form the
ongoing nucleus of the band. They released Sweetheart of the Sun,
in 2011, followed by 2014’s Ladies and Gentlemen…The Bangles! a
compilation of their rarest, early recordings.

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