By The Ban­gles; OK, one of the most cheer­ful songs ev­er record­ed, with a hi­lar­i­ous video. But it’s got a good beat, you could dance to it. And at 50° North Lat­i­tude where I live, we’ll take any Fe­bru­ary smiles we can get. Se­ri­ous­ly, lis­ten to the song, watch the video, you’ll smile, how could that not be a good thing? Even bet­ter, stand up and do the dance around the of­fice.

Bangles YouTube out-take

What can I say? The band is tight, the vo­cals and har­monies are razor-sharp, the gui­tar sound is good. Play­ing this kind of mu­sic at this tem­po is tough; they knew what they were do­ing. And they weren’t one-hit won­ders ei­ther, they had songs all over the ra­dio for a few years there. I was to­tal­ly a fan, nev­er saw them but would have slapped down my cash in a flash.

When you watch the videos, you get the im­pres­sion that they’re hav­ing an im­mense amount of fun up there on the stage. And you can’t help but have fun watch­ing. Wel­l, I can’t any­how.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on iTunes, Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon. As for live video, there’s the clas­sic orig­i­nal, then a 2000 take, more pol­ished and hard­er rock too. Even the hired gun shak­ing the tam­bourine at the back has a goofy grin; how could you not? I’m al­so link­ing to a knock-off by KT Tun­stall, which is amus­ing, and she in­tros with “That song made me feel like it was prob­a­bly cool­er to be a girl than a boy… be­cause the Ban­gles were so cool.” Oh yeah, noth­ing could be cool­er.



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From: COD (Feb 21 2018, at 05:48)

Always loved how they made Egyptian a four syllable world in this. I was a metalhead in the 80s (still am actually) but The Bangles were one of those pop bands that you could safely like without taking shit from anybody in the metal community. We were all secret, or not-so-secret, Bangles fans.

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From: Jon Forrest (Feb 21 2018, at 10:10)

Take a look at https://jlforrest.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/the-first-bangles-fan/ for a brief vignette about the Bangles.

Jon Forrest

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From: Liudvikas Bukys (Feb 23 2018, at 05:26)

An entertaining bluegrass cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS0P7w4YCDI

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