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The Bangles

Iconic 80s & 90s Pop-Rock Band Known for "Walk Like An Egyptian," "Eternal Flame" & "Manic Monday"

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 The Bangles Biography

The Bangles are an iconic 1980s pop-rock band known for hit singles such as "Walk Like An Egyptian," "Eternal Flame," and "Manic Monday."

Formerly known as the Colours and the Bangs, this all-female quartet mastered the art of melodic west coast guitar-based pop and, like the Go-Go’s immediately before them, led the way for all-female outfits in the latter half of the 80s. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1981, emerging from the Paisley Underground scene that spawned bands such as Rain Parade and Dream Syndicate. The original members were Susanna Hoffs (guitar, vocals), Debbi Peterson (drums, vocals), Vicki Peterson (guitar, vocals) and Annette Zilinskas (bass, vocals). Today, the original lineup is back together.

The Bangles’ first recordings were made on their own Downkiddie label and then for Miles Copeland’s Faulty Products set-up, which resulted in a flawed self-titled mini-album. On signing to the major CBS Records label in 1983, the line-up had undergone a crucial change. Zilinskas departed and was replaced by former Runaways member Michael Steele. Their superb debut single, "Hero Takes A Fall," failed to chart, and an interpretation of Kimberley Rew’s song "Going Down To Liverpool" just scraped into the UK listing. The idea of four glamorous middle-class American girls singing about trotting down to a labor exchange in Liverpool with their UB40 cards was both bizarre and quaint. The Bangles’ energetic and harmonious style showed both a grasp and great affection for 1960s pop with their Beatles- and Byrds-like sound.

Following regular touring, the Bangles built up a strong following, although it was not until the US #2 hit single "Manic Monday," written by Prince, and the huge success of Different Light that they won a wider audience. The media, meanwhile, were picking out the highly photogenic Hoffs as the leader of the band. This sowed the seeds of dissatisfaction within the line-up that would later come to a head. Both album and single narrowly missed the top of the charts, and throughout 1986 the Bangles could do no wrong. Their gorgeous interpretation of Jules Shear’s "If She Knew What She Wants" showed touches of mid-60s Mamas And The Papas, while "Walk Like An Egyptian" was pure 80s quirkiness and gave the band a #1 hit. The unusual choice as a cover version of the Simon And Garfunkel song "Hazy Shade Of Winter," which was featured in the movie Less Than Zero, gave them a US #2 hit in 1988.

The Bangles’ third album, Everything, offered another collection of classy pop that generated the hit singles "In Your Room" and "Eternal Flame" in the spring of 1989, which gave the band a transatlantic #1. Both these songs featured lead vocals from Hoffs, but "Eternal Flame" was viewed by the other band members as an unnecessary departure from the Bangles’ modus operandi, with its use of string backing and barely any instrumental contribution from them. Rather than harking back to the 60s, the song was reminiscent of the early to mid-70s pop ballads of Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond. It also once again compounded the illusion in the public’s eye that the Bangles was Hoffs’ band. The year that had started so well for the band was now disintegrating into internal conflict. Their singles "Be With You" and "I’ll Set You Free" failed to emulate their predecessors’ success, and by the end of the year the decision was made to dissolve the Bangles.

Hoffs embarked on a lukewarm solo career, while the remaining members failed to make an impact with their respective projects. They re-formed in 2000 for live dates and had further exposure in 2001 when Atomic Kitten took their cover version of "Eternal Flame" to the top of the UK charts. A credible new studio album, Doll Revolution, followed in 2003.

On September 27, 2011, they released their fifth studio album, Sweetheart of the Sun, and in 2018, their original bassist, Zilinskas, rejoined the band.

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    Booking fees for The Bangles, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Bangles, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR The Bangles?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Bangles for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Bangles for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Bangles or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Bangles or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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The Bangles

Iconic 80s & 90s Pop-Rock Band Known for "Walk Like An Egyptian," "Eternal Flame" & "Manic Monday"

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The Bangles Biography

The Bangles are an iconic 1980s pop-rock band known for hit singles such as "Walk Like An Egyptian," "Eternal Flame," and "Manic Monday."

Formerly known as the Colours and the Bangs, this all-female quartet mastered the art of melodic west coast guitar-based pop and, like the Go-Go’s immediately before them, led the way for all-female outfits in the latter half of the 80s. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1981, emerging from the Paisley Underground scene that spawned bands such as Rain Parade and Dream Syndicate. The original members were Susanna Hoffs (guitar, vocals), Debbi Peterson (drums, vocals), Vicki Peterson (guitar, vocals) and Annette Zilinskas (bass, vocals). Today, the original lineup is back together.

The Bangles’ first recordings were made on their own Downkiddie label and then for Miles Copeland’s Faulty Products set-up, which resulted in a flawed self-titled mini-album. On signing to the major CBS Records label in 1983, the line-up had undergone a crucial change. Zilinskas departed and was replaced by former Runaways member Michael Steele. Their superb debut single, "Hero Takes A Fall," failed to chart, and an interpretation of Kimberley Rew’s song "Going Down To Liverpool" just scraped into the UK listing. The idea of four glamorous middle-class American girls singing about trotting down to a labor exchange in Liverpool with their UB40 cards was both bizarre and quaint. The Bangles’ energetic and harmonious style showed both a grasp and great affection for 1960s pop with their Beatles- and Byrds-like sound.

Following regular touring, the Bangles built up a strong following, although it was not until the US #2 hit single "Manic Monday," written by Prince, and the huge success of Different Light that they won a wider audience. The media, meanwhile, were picking out the highly photogenic Hoffs as the leader of the band. This sowed the seeds of dissatisfaction within the line-up that would later come to a head. Both album and single narrowly missed the top of the charts, and throughout 1986 the Bangles could do no wrong. Their gorgeous interpretation of Jules Shear’s "If She Knew What She Wants" showed touches of mid-60s Mamas And The Papas, while "Walk Like An Egyptian" was pure 80s quirkiness and gave the band a #1 hit. The unusual choice as a cover version of the Simon And Garfunkel song "Hazy Shade Of Winter," which was featured in the movie Less Than Zero, gave them a US #2 hit in 1988.

The Bangles’ third album, Everything, offered another collection of classy pop that generated the hit singles "In Your Room" and "Eternal Flame" in the spring of 1989, which gave the band a transatlantic #1. Both these songs featured lead vocals from Hoffs, but "Eternal Flame" was viewed by the other band members as an unnecessary departure from the Bangles’ modus operandi, with its use of string backing and barely any instrumental contribution from them. Rather than harking back to the 60s, the song was reminiscent of the early to mid-70s pop ballads of Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond. It also once again compounded the illusion in the public’s eye that the Bangles was Hoffs’ band. The year that had started so well for the band was now disintegrating into internal conflict. Their singles "Be With You" and "I’ll Set You Free" failed to emulate their predecessors’ success, and by the end of the year the decision was made to dissolve the Bangles.

Hoffs embarked on a lukewarm solo career, while the remaining members failed to make an impact with their respective projects. They re-formed in 2000 for live dates and had further exposure in 2001 when Atomic Kitten took their cover version of "Eternal Flame" to the top of the UK charts. A credible new studio album, Doll Revolution, followed in 2003.

On September 27, 2011, they released their fifth studio album, Sweetheart of the Sun, and in 2018, their original bassist, Zilinskas, rejoined the band.

The Bangles Videos

  • The Bangles - Manic Monday
  • The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter (Video Version)
  • The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian (Video Version)

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  • How to book The Bangles?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like The Bangles for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for The Bangles, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for The Bangles or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book The Bangles?

    Booking fees for The Bangles, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Bangles, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for The Bangles?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Bangles for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Bangles for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Bangles or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Bangles or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

The Bangles is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book The Bangles for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. The Bangles generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Smash Mouth, Earth Wind and Fire, Walk The Moon and KC and the Sunshine Band. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling The Bangles for an upcoming live or virtual event.

The Bangles Speaker Videos

  • The Bangles - Manic Monday
    The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter (Video Version)
  • The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian (Video Version)
    The Bangles --- Eternal Flame

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