Welcome to Sunday Sessions, the first in a new series of Sunday posts that will feature live concerts. How better to kick off such a series than a concert that catches the Bangles at the height of their power. Think you will really like this one…..let me know what you think.
Here is the set list….I think my favorite is their great cover version of Big Star’s, September Gurls!
Let It Go
Walking Down Your Street
Going Down To Liverpool
He’s Got A Secret
If She Knew What She Wants
In A Different Light
Angels Don’t Fall In Love
Hero Takes A Fall
Walk Like An Egyptian
Outro & Credits
In 1987 the Bangles were huge having released major hit singles and albums during the previous three years. The group sounded great, looked even better, and I was in love with Susanna Hoffs (far left hand side in the picture above). I know, I know….but how could you not fall in love with that?
The girls were picked to record a song for the soundtrack of Less Than Zero. Instead of writing an original song for the movie, they decided to cover a song that was more than twenty years old…..A Hazy Shade Of Winter. The song was written by Paul Simon and recorded by Simon and Garfunkel in 1966. At first glance the pick was a strange one. The original was an acoustic song and sounded nothing like a Bangles song but the girls were not looking to do a note for note cover…..they had plans. With the help of producer Rick Rubin they turned the song into a rocker with a killer riff. Let’s listen…….
The song was a huge hit, rising to #2 on the Billboard singles chart but amazingly enough was not included on any Bangles album until they released a greatest hits album.
Amazingly the Bangles cover was a much bigger hit that Simon and Garfunkel’s original recording that topped out at #13 on the 1966 Billboard singles chart and was later included on their Bookends album.
Let’s listen to the original…….
I love both versions of the song but have to say that The Bangles deserve a lot of credit for reworking the song and making it their own! As always, let me know what you think….
Last Friday the word of the week was Weekend in celebration of the one thing that I look forward to all week long.
This week we deal with the fact that weekends never last and we are always faced with their inevitable end which is marked by…….Monday.
I hope you enjoy these songs…once again I think there is something for everyone in this post! I focused on collecting mostly live videos which I think are a lot more entertaining.
Have a great weekend!
Monday Monday – The Mamas and Papas
Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
Manic Monday – The Bangles
Is It Really Monday – David Crosby
Blue Monday – Fats Domino
Be sure to come back and visit the blog on Tuesday! The Long Song Tuesday post will be my favorite Monday song of all time.
Fun Fact: On the Bangles album, Different Light, the song Manic Monday was credited to Christopher. Do you know who really wrote it?