The Bangles performed an acoustic set last night (Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011) at The Grove Barnes and Noble store in Los Angeles. (Photo: Paul St. Austin)
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The new Bangles album, “Sweetheart of the Sun,” is released today. I think it’s an amazing album, easily one of the best of 2011. I am not alone is my assessment. Music critic Ken Tucker states: “It’s never necessary to have heard a single Bangles song before to appreciate the craft and cleverness of the music they’re making. Good pop-rock conquers all time and space.” The Starpulse website says the album “brims with jangling guitars, rich vocal harmonies, and a layered, live sound.” A review on the Powerpopaholic website states: “Both musicianship and songwriting are simply perfect here.” In the video, the Bangles perform “I Will Never Be Through with You.”
The Bangles perform an excellent cover of Big Star’s “September Gurls.”
Meet the Bangles next month in Los Angeles when they perform and sign copies of their new CD, “Sweetheart of the Sun.” The album celebrates the band’s love of rock’s golden age that originally drew them together, balanced with their trademark vocal harmonies.
The Bangles, with Sue Hoffs on leads vocals, perform “Hero Takes a Fall” in 1984, when the band played David Letterman’s show. Sue was terrified, thinking she would blow her vocals. Notice the sense of relief at the 1:05 mark.
It’s one of music’s cruel ironies that the Bangles‘ two biggest hits were a novelty song and a romantic ballad that became a late-1980s prom cliche. But, while “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Eternal Flame” became closely identified with the band, they were only two dots in a career that has spanned 30 years. The band’s new album, “Sweetheart of the Sun,” reflect the band’s folk-rock roots. The new single, “I Will Never Be Through With You” recalls the delicate melodies of the Byrds and Big Star, two of the Bangles’ main influences.
The Bangles perform “Want You,” an excellent rocker from the band’s first EP in 1982.
Everything’s still playing in my head. I’m twisting and I’m crying in my bed. I want you. Yeah, I want you. It’s not fair. I should be there too, with you. Here I am, still trying to erase everything—your voice, your smile, your face.
The Bangles perform a really amazing outtake (“My Town”) from the band’s “Doll Revolution” album. It is so good I am shocked it isn’t on the original album.
The Merry-Go-Round performs the excellent “Live.” The following note is from the original Singing in the Wire blog, which is a terrific blog: “The Merry-Go-Round were a Southern California-based band led by 17-year-old Emitt Rhodes. This song was a minor hit in L.A. It was later covered by The Bangles. Alex Chilton, born the same year as Emitt Rhodes (1950), had a hit one year earlier with “The Letter.” The Bangles also covered Alex Chilton.”