Although the Bangles are mostly associated with the 1980s, when their irresistible songs leapt out of the radio, their sound was largely derived from the '60s. Jangly guitars, heady vocal harmonies inspired by the likes of the Mamas and the Papas, quasi-psychedelic garage arrangements, a serious infatuation with all Brit invasion things, and incredible hooks the size of T-Rex (dinosaur and band alike) all helped the quartet lead the power-pop parade. Band members wrote their share of nuggets, but many of the Bangles' signature tunes were written by others: Kimberly Rew's Beatles-obsessed "Going Down to Liverpool," Prince's "Manic Monday," Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like an Egyptian," plus sharp covers of Simon and Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter," Alex Chilton's "September Gurl," and Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants." The Bangles' prime was relatively short-lived, the band messily disintegrating before the end of the decade. But the group reconvened late in the '90s with all hands on deck: Susanna Hoffs, Debbie and Vicki Peterson, and Michael Steele, although Steele eventually retired, bass currently being covered Abby Travis. The group issued a live hit-laden DVD, and a new album, Doll Revolution, came out to middling reviews in 2003, but not much else amid talk of new projects. The Bangles were very much a band of the moment, and they recreate that moment with joy and exuberance. With Sick of Sarah.
Thu., April 29, 7 p.m., 2010
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