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Walk Like An Egyptian

#1 (4 weeks) hit single by The Bangles in 1986

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  • Dec 11, 2010
I really like most of The Bangles tunes I have heard but this song does absolutely nothing for me.
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"Walk Like an Egyptian" is a number-one hit from the album Different Light by The Bangles in 1986.

Liam Sternberg wrote the song after seeing people on a ferry walking awkwardly to keep their balance, which reminded him of figures in Ancient Egyptian reliefs. The opening lyrics state, "All the old paintings on the tombs/They do the sand dance don't you know". The reference to the sand dance possibly refers to a music hall routine performed by Wilson, Keppel and Betty where Wilson and Keppel danced around in the postures portrayed on the reliefs wearing the fez while Betty watched.[1][2]

Sternberg offered his song to Toni Basil, who turned it down. David Kahne, the producer of Different Light, took the song to the Bangles who agreed to record it.[citation needed] Kahne had each member of the group sing the lyrics to determine who would sing each verse, with Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele each singing lead vocals on a verse in the final version. Kahne did not like any of Debbi Peterson's leads and she was relegated to backing vocals. This angered Peterson and caused tension within the group as she felt the rest of the group wasn't being supportive to her, which was worsened by fact that the drumming in the song is done by a drum machine instead of Peterson, further diminishing her role in the song.

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Label: Columbia
Release Date: September 27, 1986

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