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“The Bangles had the big hit with this one but I much prefer the Simon & Garfunkel version from late 1966.”
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Hazy Shade Of Winter
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In 1987, The Bangles were approached to record a song for the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero. They chose to record a cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter", a song they had been performing since their early days as a band.

Their cover, simply titled "Hazy Shade of Winter", was vastly different from the original, turning it into a harder-edged rock song, and removing most of the bridge section. The record, like the rest of the soundtrack album, was produced by Rick Rubin. After a fruitful but disappointing experience with the producer of their Different Light album, David Kahne, where they were given little input in the production of the songs, the group decided to take more control for the recording of this song, and they were given an additional producer credit. Michael Steele later commented that "we sounded the most on this record the way we actually sound live", and that "If we hadn't been so messed up as a band, it could have been a turning point for us"[1]

Lead vocals were performed jointly by all four members of the group, with a short solo lead by Susanna Hoffs towards the end of the song. This was a rare occurrence in the Bangles songs, as they mostly had just one member singing lead on their songs. Due to pressure from their record label, The Bangles removed the verse from the original song that contained the line "drinking my vodka and lime."

When released as a single in November 1987, "Hazy Shade of ...

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Label: Columbia
Release Date: November 14, 1987

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