Thursday, February 03, 2011

34. Bangles - Everything (1988)

45 years, 45 LPs, 45 days...
Everything (1988)
By the time Everything was released in the fall of '88, The Bangles had already begun to splinter. After the huge success of Different Light (1986) their lives had become nothing but Bangles,  24/7.

From their inception The Bangles modeled themselves after The Beatles, in the respect that they were four songwriters who all sang lead. Everything was the group's first album on which this was fully realized, with vocal duties divided evenly among the four women. Despite this, there was a growing misperception that Susanna Hoffs was the lead singer of the band; It couldn't have helped that the singles being chosen by Columbia were primarily those on which Susanna sang lead.
My friend Jim & I meet Susanna, 1991
The result was a festering friction within the band that had become unbearable. Despite having a monster #1 hit with Susanna's "Eternal Flame", The Bangles  essentially fell apart in 1989.

Fall, 1988: Paisley shirt, stone wash jeans & 
the ever-present Converse sneakers
The band reunited ten years later for a track ("Get the Girl") on the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack, followed by a reunion tour and a terrific new album, Doll Revolution (2003).  In 2005 bassist Michael Steele amicably departed, while the remaining Bangles have forged ahead as a trio. The band has recently announced that they will be performing this year at SXSW in Austin. A *new* vinyl 45, "Sweetheart of the Sun" is being released soon (available exclusively through Maurices' clothing stores), and a new full-length album is expected in 2011.

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