Alright then, with credit to Mark Winstanley for format inspiration, we're going to get into the music of the American pop-rock band, The Bangles. Despite having been on the top of the world in the 80s, the group is quite underappreciated or misunderstood in many respects. Whether or not you love them, there's a lot of great stuff to be heard beyond the big hits, so I welcome y'all to join me on this exploration. Format is rather simple. We are going to look at the band's songs on a mostly album to album basis, with some extra stuff in-between. Depending on what you guys think, we also may take a detour into Susanna Hoffs' 90s solo career. So, then, a little about The Bangles. The band was formed in Los Angeles in January 1981 by sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson and Susanna Hoffs, after having met through an ad in a local paper. Each had had prior experience playing in small groups, but were looking for something a little more definite. If you want all the details of the story, I highly recommend checking out this article: There’s More Than Meets The Eye to The Bangles and You Should Know Why The essence of things, though, is that Hoffs and the Petersons immediately bonded over their shared passion for 60s music (The Beatles, The Byrds, The Grass Roots, and a host of others). The also found that they had a remarkable chemistry when singing harmony. They called themselves The Colours and started to play some gigs, with Vicki on lead guitar, Susanna on rhythm guitar, Debbi on drums and all three on lead vocals, with another area musician Annette Zillinksas taking up bass duties on occasion. They began to develop a little bit of a following as part of the Paisley Underground scene. In August, the band, still working day-jobs, changed their name to The Bangs. In December, the band (as a trio with the Peterson sisters sharing bass duties) took it upon themselves to fund, record, cut, package, and distribute a single. Sounding like something right out of the 60s, "Getting Out Of Hand," written by Vicki and sung by Hoffs, displays definite chemistry and ingenuity. It, along with b-side "Call On Me" (written by Hoffs, V. Peterson and Hoffs's ex-boyfriend David Roback) recieved LA area airplay thanks to the band attracting the attention of Rodney Bingenheimer. The group was off to a pretty auspicious start.