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Description: It was 30 years ago that guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson formed the Bangles in a Brentwood, California, garage. They did so based on two crucial elements: their common love for rock's golden age and the crystalline sound they quite naturally created when they blended their voices. These intertwined epiphanies sent them off together on a long and winding road that continues to this special moment: the appearance of Sweetheart of the Sun, an album filled with a fresh batch of definitive Bangles songs. The release reveals The Bangles at their equally beguiling extremes, as soaring folk-rock harmonies coexist with adrenalized rave-ups inspired by the band's roots in Nuggets-era garage rock.
After a long and storied career that has included numerous smash hits (including 1986's "Walk Like an Egyptian" and 1988's "Eternal Flame") and one split at the end of the '80s, why is this trio still making music together? "I feel like I do have to do it," says Vicki, "but more importantly, I want to do it - we all do. The writing and recording have become more enjoyable than ever." Remarkably, the Bangles' second time around has lasted longer than the first, as the three longtime partners harmoniously coexist with their respective husbands and children; making music together is now another familiar, rewarding part of their lives.
Much has changed in the lives and careers of Vicki, Debbi, and Susanna since that first time they played and sang together in the Hoffs' family garage 30 years ago. But one fundamental element remains unchanged from that magical day. "Within two hours," Vicki fondly remembers, "we were a band, the three of us. And we still are."
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