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The Bangles are an all-female band started in the [[TheEighties early 1980s]]. Their genre can be summed up as a combination of rock, pop, PowerPop and jangle pop, with a pronounced influence from Music/TheByrds and TheSixties rock that lumped them in with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Underground Paisley Underground]] movement. The band consists of Debbi Peterson (vocals, drums), Vicki Peterson (vocals, guitar) and Susanna Hoffs (vocals, guitar), with former members Annette Zilinksas (vocals, bass) and [[GenderBlenderName Michael Steele]] (vocals, bass). Their first album, the Beatlesque {{Power Pop}}py ''All Over the Place'' earned them some good reviews but most importantly the attention of Music/{{Prince}}, who wrote "Manic Monday" for them. The song and its accompanying album ''Different Light'' departed from the band's sixties rock sound in favour of state-of-the-art Music/NewWave pop and more outside songwriters, to great commercial success and another hit single ("Walk Like an Egyptian"). Then, intra-band tensions worsened, and after releasing one more album, ''Everything'', they split in 1989.

They re-formed in 1999 to make a song for ''[[Film/AustinPowers Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me]]'' (whose director, Jay Roach, is also Susanna Hoffs' husband), and after that stayed together again. Michael Steele left the group in 2005 [[strike: [[NamesTheSame to become chairman of the Republican National Committee]]]]. (Ironically, in at least some recent live performances, the bass player for the band has been, like the "other" Michael Steele, a middle-aged black man.)

Several of their songs have appeared on movie soundtracks, including "I Got Nothing," which they wrote for ''Film/TheGoonies'', and their hit cover of "Hazy Shade of Winter", which appeared on the soundtrack for ''Less Than Zero''. They have also provided backup vocals for Cyndi Lauper and Music/TomPetty.
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Albums:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Bangles]]'' EP (1982)
* ''All Over the Place'' (1984)
* ''Different Light'' (1986)
* ''Everything'' (1988)
* ''Greatest Hits'' (1990)
* ''September Gurls'' (all previously-released material) (1995)
* ''Doll Revolution'' (2003)
* ''Sweetheart of the Sun'' (2011)
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!!Tropes related to the band:

* {{AcCENT UpON The Wrong SylLAble}}: Walk Like an Egyptian has several instances where the pronounciation is strange either to rhyme, or to make them fit with the cadence (including the title phrase - "Walk like an Egyp-[=SHUNNN=]").
* AntiLoveSong: "James" ("I must have been a masochist/to ever take up with you, James")
* BlackSheepHit: Darn near all of them, actually. The Bangles write the vast majority of their own songs, but of their 4 best-charting singles, "Manic Monday" was written by Prince, and as noted below, sounds like it. "Walk Like An Egyptian" was a novelty song. "Hazy Shade of Winter" was a cover, and "Eternal Flame" was the only ballad on ''Everything''. None of these hits are really "typical" Bangles songs.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Vicki (medium blonde, though brunette before ''Different Light''), Debbi (pale blonde), Susanna (brunette), and Michael (redhead).
* BrownEyes: Susanna Hoffs. Along with her musical ability, she was well known for her enormous brown eyes and the way she glanced around her audience during performances.
* ChristmasEpisode: For a few years in the '80s, the Bangles released an annual Christmas/Crimble tape full of improvisation and general goofiness, to members of their fan club, Bangles 'n Mash, in tribute to Music/TheBeatles' similar offerings. In 2004, they released ''Holiday in Bangleonia'', a limited-edition CD with both a re-release of their 1983 recording and a new one for 2004. The Bangles revived the tradition in 2009 with an annual holiday podcast.
* CompositeCharacter: Anna Lee in "Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)":
-->'''Susanna''': Interestingly, a character sort of developed in the song. We had all just read ''Girls Like Us'', the book about Carly Simon, Carole King and Joni Mitchell, and we were inspired by it. We sort of made up a portrait of a person based around those women -- it's kind of mythical.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender:
** Their cover of Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants" changes the perspective from first person ("I'd be giving it to her") to third person.
** On ''Different Light'' their cover of "September Gurls," the gender is changed to "he." In more recent performances Michael Steele changed the gender ''back'' to "she" ("That's the time she makes things right/ ooh when she makes love to me...").
* CoverVersion: "Live" by Emmitt Rhodes, "September Gurls" by Music/BigStar, "Hazy Shade of Winter" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, "Open My Eyes" by [[Music/ToddRundgren Nazz]]. "Going Down to Liverpool" doesn't really count since it was written for them by Kimberley Rew from Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves.
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "Manic Monday"
* DistaffCounterpart: They've said in many interviews that their original goal was to be this to Music/TheBeatles. You can even match them up if you like:
-->'''Susanna''': Paul ("the cute one")
-->'''Vicki''': John ("the edgy one" or "the smart one")
-->'''Michael''': George ("[[TheQuietOne the quiet one]]" or "[[EnsembleDarkhorse the dark horse]]")
-->'''Debbi''': Ringo ("the drummer")
-->''see also'' Annette Zilinskas: ThePeteBest
* DonutMessWithACop: "Walk Like an Egyptian"
* TheEighties
* EightiesHair: In many aspects, the Bangles seemed more a [[TheSixties '60s]] band than an [[TheEighties '80s]] one. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pur1_3968.jpg Hair]] was [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tall_7244.jpg not]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/265f26c0_1694.jpg one of]] those [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/5_3913.jpg aspects]].
* EvolvingMusic:
** When Vicki Peterson wrote "Single By Choice," it was a pretty personal song for her. After getting married to John Cowsill in 2003, she jokes about doing a "Married By Choice" version.
** Vicki's songs seem especially prone to this trope. She wrote "Lay Yourself Down" (which appears on ''Sweetheart of the Sun'') for her fiancť Bobby in 1990, as he was struggling to find his place in the music business. The song and its lyrics like those below became even more personal and poignant when Bobby began a battle with leukemia (to which he eventually succumbed in 1991):
---> ''Even if the battle is won''
---> ''The war is not over''
---> ''Itís only begun''
---> ''If thereís one still standing''
---> ''One still standing his ground''
---> ''Donít you lay yourself down''
** "Walk Like An Egyptian" has a different evolution. Debbi Peterson's drumming was replaced by a drum machine on the hit single, and in a particularly egregious case of ExecutiveMeddling, she was even left out of the vocals. Now, when performing the song live, Debbi's drumming still gives way to the drum machine, but she sings and plays acoustic guitar.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Waiting For You"
* GriefSong: "Song For A Good Son"
* {{Mondegreen}}: The cover of "Sweet and Tender Romance" on ''Sweetheart of the Sun''.
-->'''Susanna''': We listened to the [=McKinley=] Sisters' recording over and over again, and could decode most of the words, but in the end we guessed a bit! What you hear on the record is actually our "scratch" vocals, and in fact Vicki and I are singing different words!
* IntercourseWithYou: "In Your Room," the last verse of "Manic Monday"
* {{Neologism}}: Like Music/JohnLennon, the Bangles will wish you "Happy Krimble" in late December.
* Music/NewWave
* NonAppearingTitle: If you don't count [[TheSomethingSong "The Rain Song"]], only four times: "Dover Beach," "Silent Treatment," "Between the Two," and "Song For a Good Son."
* OneWomanSong (inverted): "James"
* ThePeteBest: Annette Zilinskas played bass and harmonica on the Bangles' eponymous EP, then left the band.
* RealSongThemeTune: ''Walk Like An Egyptian'' is used as the ending credits theme for the anime adaptation of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 3.
* ShoutOut:
** Robbie Fulks wrote a song about his love for Susanna Hoffs, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITxP9mmrPvE "That Bangle Girl"]].
** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWE0xkCKmSc "I'd Love To Kiss The Bangles"]] by the Saw Doctors.
*** @@His favorite's Vicki, actually.@@
* TheSomethingSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfLHZVlqf3g "The Rain Song"]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Music/{{Prince}} basically recycled the vocal melody from "1999" for the verses of "Manic Monday". For a fun activity, the next time you hear "Manic Monday", instead of the actual song lyrics try singing ''I was dreaming when I wrote this/Forgive me if it goes astray...'' (you know the rest).
* WalkLikeAnEgyptian: The [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]
* VocalTagTeam: All four sing lead on various album tracks, but for the most part only [[FaceOfTheBand Susanna's]] were released as singles.
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