If She POLLED What She Wants: The Bangles "Greatest Hits" Poll

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First person who votes for "Walk Like an Egyptian" will get what-for.

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Hazy Shade of Winter" 15
"If She Knew What She Wants" 14
"Going Down to Liverpool" 9
"In Your Room" 9
"Eternal Flame" 8
"Manic Monday" 8
"Walk Like an Egyptian" 8
"Hero Takes a Fall" 3
"Be With You" 0
"Everything I Wanted" 0
"Following" 0
"Walking Down Your Street" 0
"Where Were You When I Needed You" 0


Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:44 (ten years ago) link

I wish this had their cover of "September Gurls" on it, but otherwise I guess it's "If She Knew What She Wants"

blow it out your bad-taste hole (WmC), Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:51 (ten years ago) link

almost went with 'eternal flame' but 'if she knew what she wants' has just a shade more charm for me

pyrrhic zing (stevie), Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:51 (ten years ago) link

everything that a boy should know

begs the question, when is enough enough (Euler), Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:56 (ten years ago) link

"If She Knew What She Wants" over "Here Takes a Fall" and "Hazy Shade of Winter."

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:06 (ten years ago) link

"Liverpool" over Paul Simon

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:14 (ten years ago) link

This is the first record ever I bought as CD! Lot's of great tunes, but I'll have to go for "Going Down to Liverpool", it has a lovely breezy sound, and I love the idea of "doing nothing all the days of my life". Their version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is brilliant too, better than the original.

Tuomas, Sunday, 28 February 2010 20:11 (ten years ago) link

"Going Down to Liverpool" vs "Walk Like An Egyptian". I like "Hazy Shade", but prefer the original, though I agree it does seem not to make the most of its good points.

At one point I would have been happy never to hear "Eternal Flame" or "Manic Monday" ever again, but I never hear them out and about any more, so I'd probably think fondly of them if I did.

falling while carrying an owl (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 1 March 2010 13:32 (ten years ago) link

Damn, I just realized that I don't know enough of these.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 1 March 2010 13:41 (ten years ago) link

This is a tough choice.

Yeah, ditto, I could happily pass on every hearing Eternal Flame or Manic Monday ever again, but so much of the other stuff is such gold.

Tempted to go with "In Your Room" but I will need to go and listen to the rest first.

There's Always Been A Dance Element To (Masonic Boom), Monday, 1 March 2010 14:06 (ten years ago) link

Listened to this on the way to work today. It took these turns where it would go from sounding like Jellyfish to sounding like a beer commercial. Anyway, I really liked three songs that I hadn't heard before: "Hero Takes a Fall," "Be With You" and "Everything I Wanted." I'll probably end up going with "Hazy Shade of Winter" or "In Your Room" though.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 12:44 (ten years ago) link

Eternal Flame is a jam too. Don't understand the hate.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 12:44 (ten years ago) link

^^^ yes.

t(o_o)t (ENBB), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 12:47 (ten years ago) link

but voted "In your Room" because I'd forgotten how great it is.

Saw them about 10 years ago lol. They were awesome and S Hoffs is still smoking hot.

t(o_o)t (ENBB), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 12:49 (ten years ago) link

"in your room" is so sexy. i saw susanna with matthew sweet last fall, doing their covers thing, which was nice, but then in the encore they each did a few of their own songs and susanna did a medley of "manic monday" and "in your room" -- it was great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzrRAs8fdc

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 13:09 (ten years ago) link

(love the key change in that too, just puts it over the top)

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 13:11 (ten years ago) link

Aw, any chance to listen to all these songs again. And I'm going to just go and vote for In Your Room again, partly for the Indian strings, partly for the KEY CHANGE but most of all because I want my fucking life to be just like that video.

yeah yeah we loved In Your Room so much we ripped it off and then we got to support the Bangles on tour and it was all so awesome that I never ever get tired of telling that story so sorry you're all sick of it.

There's Always Been A Dance Element To (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 13:19 (ten years ago) link

Wow! That video brought back memories. I used to go over to my neighbor's house to watch MTV every day before school. Great idea, right? When "In Your Room" came on though, he would turn it off every time. I think that was one of the reasons why I used to get so ashamed for liking music by female musicians.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 13:23 (ten years ago) link

Love all these songs unequivocally, but voting for "If She Knew What She Wants" narrowly beating all the others. Just the way it's constructed as a song, with the dramatic pauses, the dense harmonies and maybe Vicki Peterson's best guitar solo, gives it that little something extra. (Second place for me is "Walking Down Your Street," although I think "Angels Don't Fall In Love" would have been a better single from that album.)

El Poopo Loco (Pancakes Hackman), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:05 (ten years ago) link

voting for "If She Knew What She Wants" narrowly beating all the others. Just the way it's constructed as a song, with the dramatic pauses, the dense harmonies and maybe Vicki Peterson's best guitar solo, gives it that little something extra.

Exactly why I voted for it – love her solo. Also: in a few verses I don't think I've figured out what the hell Hoffs is singing.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:10 (ten years ago) link

does it even have a verse? it sounds like all chorus to me (which is, in a way, another plus point)

take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:22 (ten years ago) link

I think I'll go with Hero cause it's about the hunk I once interviewed, namely STEVE WYNN. YUMMY. lol

Nathalie (stevienixed), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:24 (ten years ago) link

The first album has so many good songs, most of which approach boys and relationships from novel angles. It's probably worth polling.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:37 (ten years ago) link

does it even have a verse? it sounds like all chorus to me (which is, in a way, another plus point)

there's a middle 8, or a biridge, that gets repeated and is veh purty

Touch! Generations (stevie), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:41 (ten years ago) link

did Jules Shear ever perform it, and if so, how does it compare?

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:43 (ten years ago) link

I've got a different greatest hits CD (We Are The '80s on VH1 Classic Records), and it's real good, but the Bangles are one of those groups who I basically think peaked at the beginning and went downhill from there. Going with "Going Down To Liverpool"; second choice might be "Hero Takes A Fall." Of their actual hits, I like "Egyptian" best.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 14:57 (ten years ago) link

Jules's version is on YouTube. The backing vocals are a little more girl-groupy (ironically), and the male pronouns are all first-person rather than third-person. Arrangement is the same, but the Bangles version is really a lot better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YecRaF8922k

El Poopo Loco (Pancakes Hackman), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 15:02 (ten years ago) link

Listening to that, now I understand why people hate 80s production so much.

Actually quite a bit of the Bangles production sounds a bit wincey to me, but then again, I love the songs so much that it doesn't bother me that much.

There's Always Been A Dance Element To (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 15:13 (ten years ago) link

Re the Jules Shear version: ew, gross.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 15:22 (ten years ago) link

I mean, no wonder he doesn't know what he wants.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 15:22 (ten years ago) link

jules shear's original version of "all through the night" is even worse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gXSJ8LGwrM

dude was not a good interpreter of his own songs. he greatly improved on both of those, and several others, however, on a cd called unplug this that he released shortly after he lost his mtv unplugged gig.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 16:13 (ten years ago) link

Voted In Your Room, but only narrowly over Hazy Shade oF Winter.

Officer Pupp, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 16:48 (ten years ago) link

dude was not a good interpreter of his own songs

He was actually pretty good on the first two (maybe only two?) Jules and the Polar Bears albums, and maybe the Funky Kings one before that. But yeah, his '80s solo stuff always sounded like mush to me.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 17:04 (ten years ago) link

A lot of great songwriters in the 80s were ill-served by terrible trendy production. He actually acquitted himself quite nicely on the album The Great Puzzle, which dispensed with all the tech whackeroo that pretty much did in his previous few albums. (Also Jules was kind enough to send me back a postcard when I wrote to him once. Nice guy!)

That said, voted "Hazy Shade of Winter" again here.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 17:23 (ten years ago) link

Impossible vote.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 17:51 (ten years ago) link

When they toured in 2003, they all stood in a row at the front of the stage and performed a stripped-down (possibly even a cappella iirc) Eternal Flame in four-part harmony. It was amazing. Significant too - the label's decision to foreground Hoffs on the original single and video led to them breaking up first time around. I like seeing albatross-like big hits being reclaimed like that.

I love pretty much all these songs but Hazy takes it.

gotanynewsstory? (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:11 (ten years ago) link

how familiar were you guys with the S&G original? I was in the car with my mom when she frowned at the radio tuned to the Top 40 station and said, witheringly, "THAT'S supposed to be a Simon and Garfunkel song?" She did like The Bangles though.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:12 (ten years ago) link

He was actually pretty good on the first two (maybe only two?) Jules and the Polar Bears albums

There was a third, but it was only released long after the fact (and it's not on par with the first two).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:20 (ten years ago) link

if no one else is voting eternal flame i sure am

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:26 (ten years ago) link

I sure did.

How to Make an American Quit (Abbott), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:40 (ten years ago) link

how familiar were you guys with the S&G original?

Reasonably so - was never a S&G fanatic so when I heard the Bangles version there was no sense of betrayal or heresy or anything like that for me. At that point I only knew the Bangles as being a very sweet-sounding pop group (with a touch of novelty thrown in of course) so my first listen on this was less about how they had changed it from the way S&G had done it and more about confounding my preconceived notions of what a BANGLES song should sound like. Either way, I liked it!

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:47 (ten years ago) link

I didn't know the S&G original at the time. I still prefer this cover.

begs the question, when is enough enough (Euler), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:57 (ten years ago) link

During their infamous "Behind the Music" episode, Michael Steele and Vicki said that "Hazy Shade of Winter" came closest to representing how they sounded live – even with George Drakoulias on guitar.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 19:59 (ten years ago) link

I've been listening to Hazy Shade of Winter obsessively lately but I'll have to listen to all these songs again to decide

Turangalila, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 20:04 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

LOOK AROUND

Turangalila, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:24 (ten years ago) link

Gotta be "If She Knew What She Wants", even if "In Your Room" and "Following" are also really great songs.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 00:58 (ten years ago) link

Voted "In Your Room" because it is everything in the world, but so many great things here. My favorite NYC subway moment: two teenage girls, who I'm assuming were on their way to LaGuardia High School on the 1 train, busting out with a gospel version of "Eternal Flame" at 7:30 in the morning.

T Bone Streep (Cave17Matt), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:26 (ten years ago) link

10 hours left and I still can't decide between "Liverpool" (which will get some votes, judging by this thread, but not enough) vs "Egyptian" (which has nobody repping for it as first choice on this thread, but maybe it will get the lurker vote)

falling while carrying an owl (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 10 March 2010 14:09 (ten years ago) link

yeah same, i first heard it on "poptopia 80's"

billstevejim, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 05:10 (seven years ago) link

spock

turds (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 05:35 (seven years ago) link

Huh, never knew it was a Katrina and the Waves cover.

ledge, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 10:20 (seven years ago) link

Me neither - was wondering how the Los Angeleno Bangles knew what a UB40 was though...

That symptom is fucking my wife (stevie), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 10:35 (seven years ago) link

Technically it's a "Waves" cover -- song is written by K Rew and first recorded, with Rew on lead vocals, for the pre-Katrina version of the band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQRNy0AxL6U

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 15:15 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Youtube just recommended this recent Susanna Hoffs show to me which I am enjoying right now. Check out the medley from about minute 11 to 14.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoAFzv-qEKQ

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 December 2012 00:26 (seven years ago) link

Always had a soft spot for "be with you" which is unusually eerie and unsettling for the Bangles. Also I think it's sung by Vicky.

Poliopolice, Sunday, 30 December 2012 08:12 (seven years ago) link

Debbie actually

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 December 2012 13:03 (seven years ago) link

Yes, that's right. It was the blonde one.

Poliopolice, Sunday, 30 December 2012 18:59 (seven years ago) link

Bunch of their albums on MySpace; really liked most of 2011's Sweethearts of the Sun---the cover of The Nazz' "Open My Eyes" sure seems like would've been Top Ten in their heyday http://www.myspace.com/thebangles/music/albums Think there's a prev 00s album not here?

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:12 (seven years ago) link

On MySpace, you gotta hit Play All; try to choose tracks one by one, and MySpace Radio inserts itself--but can Pause the Play All whenever you get too excited.

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:14 (seven years ago) link

Their last album was well liked 'round these parts.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:18 (seven years ago) link

Worth noting here that Susanna's album of this year is very nice too. It didn't hit me much at first, but has really grown on me.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:25 (seven years ago) link

Thread should be called Going Down To LiverPOLL

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:28 (seven years ago) link

2012 album on her MySpace, but doesn't play, although 2009's When You're A Boy seems to be ready. Also, on the Music tab, lots of tracks from Under The Covers Vol.2 http://us.myspace.com/susannahoffs

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:29 (seven years ago) link

That would be the best thread title!

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:29 (seven years ago) link

ha -- I was such a Bangle fan that I swallowed a lot of disappointment in '91 when WYAB was released.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:32 (seven years ago) link

however "Boys Keep Swinging"!

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:32 (seven years ago) link

John Entwistle plays bass on that song, oddly enough (and it's hard to tell, the way it was recorded).

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:34 (seven years ago) link

You mean Bowie's or their version?? Although I imagine he'd do anything to get close to a Bangle (understandably so)

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:41 (seven years ago) link

I'm still fond of "My Side of the Bed," which has those kittenish qualities that Hoffs could project so effortlessly.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:42 (seven years ago) link

xp Susanna Hoffs' solo version (on When You're A Boy). (and yeah, haha)

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:45 (seven years ago) link

She's still O Susanna, yet doesn't seem *too* kiddie on Sweethearts..., nor does she get all autumn leaves broody or blearly like so many rockers past 40.

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:46 (seven years ago) link

'blearly" yeah and bleary, beery

dow, Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:47 (seven years ago) link

I never saw this video for "The Real World" until just a few minutes ago. I'd guess it's from 1982 or so, and Susuanna looks like a kid (she was 23-ish).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7uSyTZN0xk

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 30 December 2012 20:19 (seven years ago) link

And here she is 30 years later

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCVz-Kn3xEs

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 30 December 2012 20:30 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Posted this in the Paisley Underground thread

The Bangles played a stunningly gorgeous cover of "I'm Waiting For The Man" that merged seamlessly into "Manic Monday." After that Vicki announced "tonight we're playing as The Bangs - nothing later than 1984!" Time travel ensued. They were the best band back then. Certainly the best now.

Noted that during the big finale with everyone + Rodney on stage that no one sang with Wynn.

― Elvis Telecom, Saturday, December 7, 2013 3:59 AM

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 7 December 2013 12:04 (six years ago) link

Never heard of the top four results.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 7 December 2013 15:11 (six years ago) link

are you having a bubble?

one sexual away from HOOOOOOOOOOMO (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 December 2013 15:14 (six years ago) link

"Walking Down Your Street"	0

;_;

Alfre, Lord Woodard (Eric H.), Saturday, 7 December 2013 15:16 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

Totally spot-on, Al, especially Everything is All Over the Place recorded by a parody band.

I remember my copy of Daydream Nation had “Star-strangled Bangles” written in the runout groove.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 29 June 2018 02:57 (two years ago) link

yeah i've never liked this song either

stoker (Ross), Friday, 29 June 2018 03:00 (two years ago) link

I liked it, and to some degree still like it, because it came out when I was 8.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Friday, 29 June 2018 03:21 (two years ago) link

I thought Alfred was ragging on 'Manic Monday' or 'Eternal Flame', which wouldn't have been acceptable. However WLAE is fair game.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 29 June 2018 10:58 (two years ago) link

ditto crypto. i liked the song cos i heard it when it came out and i was six. "oh-way-oh" is still pretty cool but kind of amazing the main hook is that all the instruments drop out and the title is just spoken.

that write-up was otm on the video's impact tho. i recently re-watched it cos i saw the thumbnail of Hoffs rolling her eyes on youtube. babe appeal. lot of comments said the same. the video came during peak era MTV.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 29 June 2018 12:09 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Free show last night in downtown LA. Annette is back full-time, so it's 1982 all over again - the first EP, some spot-on covers ("Pushing Too Hard" being the best), and played the hits as if they were a killer garage rock band. Which they always were.

pic.twitter.com/x3FTKdE9lB

— Chris Barrus (@quartzcity) July 15, 2018

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:56 (two years ago) link

cool

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:02 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

Nice, James Redd! The real deal.

timellison, Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:45 (one year ago) link

Thanks, Tim. Was actually a bit afraid I had already posted those.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 December 2018 23:51 (one year ago) link

Seven years now since Sweetheart of the Sun, but that's one of those albums that is so good that it persists with the air of something masterful until they venture to try it again. Hoffs' solo album from the following year is also top drawer.

timellison, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:35 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPjxgRf7PHo

timellison, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:39 (one year ago) link

People dont talk about BBC by Ming Tea enough.

the rap jeff baxter, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:48 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

So, um, don't recall ever seeing this video before:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAbYsxd3ADg

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 July 2020 15:57 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_otzlonv1o
Thread of missing Tim E.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 August 2020 04:28 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMdvPYw0hA4
1984 Hero Takes A Fall/Going Down to Liverpool on Letterman. Don't worry, no ringers. Great live sound.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 12:29 (four days ago) link

Although beware of mysterious appearance of Sting in the middle.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 12:31 (four days ago) link

Don't remember seeing this either, at least the first part in the car with the mysterious driver.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj7OJeyhq2Q

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 14:35 (four days ago) link


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