Monday, May 2, 2016

Looking Back With The Bangles

Last week, The Bangles announced that their 2014 digital-only album Ladies And Gentlemen. . . The Bangles will soon find a second life as a CD. It’s now available for pre-order on the Omnivore Recordings website.

Since The Bangles responded to fans who requested Ladies And Gentlemen be released on CD, I’ll throw another suggestion out there for them. How about a special release for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day or the 2017 original Record Store Day? Maybe a seven-inch single with a cover of a 1960s hit like The Hollies’ “I Can’t Let Go” (Vicki Peterson recorded it with The Continental Drifters) and a brand new song.

Here’s a review of Ladies And Gentlemen I posted on Broken Hearted Toy back in early 2015.

Ladies And Gentlemen pulls all five songs from the band’s 1982 self-titled EP, and adds rare tracks, demos, and live performances. Most are from the days when bassist Annette Zilinskas was a band member along with Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson. Longtime fans might have some of this material already, but those who are only familiar with “Manic Monday” or “Eternal Flame” will be in for a surprise. The collection provides an essential puzzle piece of how The Bangles were able to bring a 1960s pop sensibility to original material that worked within the Los Angeles punk scene in the early 1980s.

The surf rock instrumental “Bitchen Summer” originally appeared on the Rodney On The ROQ: Vol. 3 compilation, while “Getting Out Of Hand” and “Call On Me” were the A Side and B Side respectively of The Bangles’ (then known as The Bangs) first single. Catchy songs like “I’m In Line” and “The Real World” from the EP show much harmony vocals mattered to The Bangles right from the start. The previously unreleased material includes authentic covers of the Warren Zevon-penned “Outside Chance” (a minor hit The Turtles), and Paul Revere And The Raiders’ caustic “Steppin Out.”

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