The Bangles

REVIEW: ‘Gold’ – The Bangles

The Bangles – “Gold”

The Bangles debuted in 1981 with “Getting Out Of Hand”, but it wasn’t until 1986 that they mastered a chart hit single. Curiously, it was the UK where the group first gained recognition with two minor hits, “Hero Takes A Fall” and “Going Down To Liverpool” in 1984, prior to “Manic Monday” making No.2 on both sides of the Atlantic two years later. With two US chart toppers and a month-long number one in the UK in 1989, The Bangles greatest hits of the 1980’s are brought together by those people at Demon Music Group as part of their Gold series on one CD…or three in fact as this collection stems to.

They are all here, from “If She Knew What She Wants” (US No.29, UK No.31), “Walk Like An Egyptian” (US No.1, UK No.3), “Walking Down Your Street” (US No.11, UK No.16), “Hazy Shade Of Winter” (US No.2, UK No.11), “In Your Room” (US No.5, UK No.35) and the dual chart topping epic, “Eternal Flame” together with a host of album tracks and remixes that forms CD3. Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Annette Zilinskas and Vicki Peterson called it a day in 1989, having given us their biggest hit of all, but did reform ten years after after Hoffs had pursued a solo career. Their comeback ‘single’, “Get The Girl”, was especially written for the second Austin Powers film, ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’, but this is not included here.

Nor is their official comeback album of 2003, “Doll Revolution”, which featured the superb single “Something That You Said” (UK No.38, their first top 40 hit since “Eternal Flame”) and nor does this compilation feature their most recent album, “Sweetheart Of The Sun” from 2011, so be warned, this is not a definitive or an essential collection of Bangles discography. But if it’s 80’s heritage Bangles you want, album tracks, B sides and more, then this is for you. The Bangles continued to play live as a trio until 2018 when the missing quarter Annette Zilinskas returned with the departure of former Runaways guitarist Michael Steele, who had been ‘filling in’ for Annette.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!