before they went big time ("Walk Like an Egyptian"), anyway, this is and always were a great band.....I thank John N so much for sending me this one, love me some Bangles, and I will attach the review he sent along, as these need a LITTLE explanation for those who are late-comers to the Bangles party......this is GREAT shit, not "Good", but GREAT, please take time to listen to this fab comp, it WILL be worth your while, and make sure and thank John N because he continues to send us such incredible music......he is THE fucking man.
Tremendous stuff here, please listen and comment, it's fab!
Compiles all of the band's early material before they were signed to major label Columbia Records in 1984.
(1) Includes the band's debut independent single "Getting out of Hand" from 1981, as well as the 5 songs from the group's debut self-titled EP released in 1982, both of which are considered rarities and have been long out of print.
(2) Includes tracks released in 1982 for compilation albums, including the instrumental "Bitchen Summer/Speedway" (first released on the compilation Rodney On The ROQ Vol. III), "No Mag Commercial" and the theme song for a Dallas, TX radio program, "Rock And Roll Alternative", hosted by George Gimarc on KZEW ("The Zoo").
(3) Includes four unreleased demos from 1981, including covers of The Turtles' "Outside Chance" and Paul Revere & The Raiders' "Steppin' Out."
(4) Includes two unreleased live songs done from 1984, the only songs on which bassist Michael Steele plays, a cover of Love's "7 and 7 Is", and "Tell Me", included on their debut album All Over The Place.
(5) The title is taken from the spoken intro of the instrumental "Bitchen Summer/Speedway".
- "Bitchen Summer/Speedway" (1982) (Susanna Hoffs/David Roback)
- "Getting Out of Hand" (1981) (Vicki Peterson)
- "Call on Me" (1981) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson/ D. Roback)
- "The Real World" (1982) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
- I'm in Line (1982) (Debbi Peterson/V. Peterson/S. Hoffs)
- "Want You" (1982) (V. Peterson)
- "Mary Street" (1982) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
- "How is the Air Up There?" (1982) (S. Duboff/A. Kornfeld)
- "Outside Chance" (unreleased demo, 1981) (Glenn Crocker/Warren Zevon)
- "Steppin’ Out" (unreleased demo, 1981) (Mark Lindsay/Paul Revere)
- "The Real World" (unreleased demo, 1981) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
- "Call on Me" (unreleased demo, 1981) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson/D. Roback)
- "Tell Me" (live performance at Dingwalls, London, 1984) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
- "7 & 7 Is" (live performance at The Palace, Hollywood, 1984) (Arthur Lee)
- "No Mag Commercial" (1982) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
- "The Rock & Roll Alternative Program theme song" (1982) (D. Peterson/V. Peterson/S. Hoffs)
23 June 2016
Long before “Walk Like an Egyptian” soared to number one in the late ’80s, The Bangles were a group of girls playing melodic garage rock as part of LA’s Paisley Underground movement. Now a collection of their earliest recordings reveals the raw origins that led to their mainstream success.
Perhaps the most surprising element of Ladies and Gentlemen… is the vast knowledge and appreciation for Nuggets rock. The opening “Bitchen Summer/Speedway,” recorded asThe Bangs for a Rodney on the ROQ comp, explodes with some fierce instrumental surf, a welcome, but unexpected, introduction for a band that dominated Billboard years later. When the jangly punch of their first 7” (also released as The Bangs) hits next, theMonkees vibe of “Getting out of Hand” and early Jam attack of “Call on Me” make more sense. Next, their first EP, produced by Craig Leon of Ramones/Blondie fame, shows a more refined band eager to blend Beatles harmonies with the edgier Nuggets sound, particularly when they launch into a sneering cover of The La De Das’ “How Is the Air up There?” that fully captures the snide disgust of the original. Demos from 1981 contain more impressive covers, like the Warren Zevon-penned Turtles single, “Outside Chance” and Paul Revere and the Raiders’ proto-punk “Steppin’ Out.” A couple live recordings from 1984 further espouse the punk sensibility, especially the thunderous version of Love’s “7 and 7 Is.” It ends with a couple radio spots that prove the group could have fun in any setting.
The Bangles would go on to achieve chart success, but, of course, we know all about that. Hear them in a different light and discover a band you may have completely ignored.