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THE BANGLES: Legendary 80’s Pop Princesses Announce New Vintage Rarities Album


Groundbreaking pop-rock band The Bangles proudly announces the release of their brand new album LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…THE BANGLES!, on their own label, DownKiddie! Records, and available for digital download at all major music outlets starting November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day).

Hand-selected by the band members from their personal music archives, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…THE BANGLES! is a 16-track collection of re-mastered 80’s-era rarities, demos, live recordings and more, including the Bangles’ debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP – produced by legendary Ramones/Blondie producer Craig Leon – unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982.

Encompassing the very first years of the band’s development, from their earliest days as the “Bangs” to their incarnation as the Bangles, the tracks include performances by the Bangles’ founding and current members – Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson – as well as now-retired bassist Michael Steele, and the band’s original bass player Annette Zilinskas.

The Bangles

“We’re so pleased to give our fans and music lovers alike the chance to enjoy the early fruits of our labor. Some of these tracks have never seen the light of day,” states Bangles drummer/singer Debbi Peterson. “We’ve wanted to make these songs available to a new audience for a long time,” adds singer/guitarist Vicki Peterson. “We’ve thrown in a couple of live tracks, and even some of the first demos, all lovingly collected and re-mastered, so you no longer have to dig out a cassette player to hear them.” Singer/guitarist Susanna Hoffs continues, “I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents’ house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto – all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition.”

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…THE BANGLES! will be available worldwide starting Thanksgiving Day, (November 27) 2014 on the following digital music outlets: 7Digital, Akazoo, Amazon Music, Anghami, Deezer, eMusic, Google Play, Gracenote, Guvera, iHeartRadio, iTunes, JB Hi-Fi, Juke, KKBox, MediaNet, MixRadio, Muve Music, Neurotic Media, Rdio, Revibe, Rhapsody, Shazam, simfy, Slacker, Sony Music Unlimited, Spinlet, Spotify, Target Music, VerveLife, Wimp, Xbox Music, and Yandex.<

The Bangles are: 
Susanna Hoffs – guitar/vocals
Debbi Peterson – drums/guitar/vocals
Vicki Peterson – guitar/vocals

About The Bangles
Founded in 1980 by Susanna Hoffs and sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson, the band that eventually topped charts worldwide began as the “Bangs” and came to prominence during Los Angeles’ early-80’s Paisley Underground scene. Their attention-grabbing 1981 debut single ‘Getting Out Of Hand’ was followed by national tours with The English Beat and Cyndi Lauper, and the 1982 release of a self-titled EP as the newly re-named “Bangles.” In 1983, Michael Steele replaced Annette Zilinskas on bass, and in 1984 the Bangles released their debut full-length album ALL OVER THE PLACE. During the 80’s the Bangles released two more albums, the Platinum-certified DIFFERENT LIGHT (1986), and the Platinum-certified EVERYTHING (1988), with a slew of decade-defining hits among them including ‘Manic Monday,’ ‘Walk Like An Egyptian,’ ‘In Your Room,’ ‘If She Knew What She Wants,’ ‘Walking Down Your Street,’ and ‘Eternal Flame,’ as well as ‘A Hazy Shade Of Winter’ from the LESS THAN ZERO soundtrack. A hiatus from 1989 to 1998 ended with the release of the single ‘Get The Girl’ for the AUSTIN POWERS:THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME soundtrack, and led to the band’s 2000 reunion tour and 2003 release of the all-new album, DOLL REVOLUTION. Following Michael Steele’s departure from the band in 2005, the Bangles have continued to tour and record with several bassists – most recently Derrick Anderson, who featured on the Bangles’ critically-lauded 2011 release SWEETHEART OF THE SUN. The Bangles regularly tour the USA and abroad, and continue to develop new material.

Find out more at

1. Bitchen Summer/Speedway
(The Bangles/Rodney On The Roq: Volume 3, 1982 – S. Hoffs/D. Roback)
2. Getting Out of Hand
(The Bangs/debut single A-side, 1981 – V. Peterson)
3. Call on Me
(The Bangs/debut single B-side, 1981 – S. Hoffs/V. Peterson/ D. Roback)
4. The Real World
(The Bangles EP, 1982 – S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
5. I’m in Line
(The Bangles EP, 1982 – D. Peterson/V. Peterson/S. Hoffs)
6. Want You
(The Bangles EP, 1982 – V. Peterson)
7. Mary Street
(The Bangles EP, 1982 – S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
8. How is the Air Up There?
(The Bangles EP, 1982 – S. Duboff/A. Kornfeld)
9. Outside Chance
(unreleased demo, 1981 – W. Zevon)
10. Steppin’ Out
(unreleased demo, 1981 – M. Lindsay/Paul Revere & The Raiders)
11. The Real World
(unreleased demo, 1981 – S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
12. Call on Me
(unreleased demo, 1981 – S. Hoffs/V. Peterson/D. Roback)
13. Tell Me
(live performance, Dingwalls London, 1984 – S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
14. 7 & 7 Is
(live performance, The Palace, Hollywood, 1984 – A. Lee)
15. No Mag Commercial
(The Bangles, 1982)
16. The Rock & Roll Alternative Program theme song
(The Bangles, 1982)