Originally know as "Colours," "the Supersonic Bangs," and "the Bangs," the all-singing/all-performing four-woman Bangles formed in 1981 and sprang from the L.A. paisley underground scene. Later they traded their garage band roots for a slick, heavily produced pop sound that turned them into one of the most successful chart groups of either gender during the '80s.
In the beginning, the group played original, '60s-based guitar rock, and were fond of covering Big Star
, the Merry Go Round and Love
. Sisters Debbi
and Vicki Peterson
, on drums and guitar, respectively, and singer/guitarist Susanna Hoffs
started the group when the Petersons responded to a want ad placed by Hoffs
; later they added Annette Zilinskas
on bass. The scruffy girl group self-released the single "Getting Out of Hand," which sounded like a lost song by the Mamas & the Papas, and followed it with a loose, four-song pop EP on IRS before getting signed to Columbia. All Over the Place was produced by David Kahne
and released in 1984, once the band had been given an all-over cleanup. By that time, Zilinskas
had left the fold to join Blood on the Saddle and former Runaway Michael Steele
was added to the lineup.
For the second album, 1985's Different Light
, the band was aided by Prince
(or "Christopher," as he was known during that phase) with his song "Manic Monday," which charted at number two and paved the way for the follow-up smash "Walk Like an Egyptian," which went to number one and sent the album to the ...