The Bangles are an American pop rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They scored several hit singles as that decade continued. The band’s hits include “Walk Like an Egyptian”, Billboard magazine’s number-one single of 1987, as well as two number-two hits, “Manic Monday” and “Hazy Shade of Winter”, and their 1989 number-one single “Eternal Flame”.
Their classic line-up consisted of Michael Steele on bass and vocals, founding members Susanna Hoffs on vocals and rhythm guitar, Debbi Peterson on drums and vocals, and Vicki Peterson on lead guitar and vocals. The band currently consists of Hoffs, Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson, along with touring bassist Derrick Anderson (since 2008).
Susanna Hoffs, and sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson, formed a band in Los Angeles in December 1980. The trio named themselves The Bangs. The band was part of the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene, which featured groups that played a mixture of 1960s-influenced rock.In 1981, the threesome recorded and released a single (“Getting Out of Hand” b/w “Call on Me”) on DownKiddie Records (their own label). The trio was signed to Faulty Products, a label formed by Miles Copeland.
The early Bangles line-up of Susanna Hoffs (vocals/guitars), Vicki Peterson (guitars/vocals), Debbi Peterson (vocals/drums) and Annette Zilinskas (vocals/bass) recorded an EP in 1982, and released the single “The Real World”. A legal issue forced the band to change their name at the last minute so they dropped “The” and added the letters “les” to the end to become Bangles. Their first EP was retitled Bangles and released. In 1983, Faulty Products issued a 12-inch “remix” single of “The Real World” to radio and media, but another setback came as the label folded. I.R.S. Records picked up distribution and re-issued the EP. After Zilinskas left the band to focus on her own project, Blood on the Saddle, she was replaced by Michael Steele, formerly of the all-girl band The Runaways, Toni & The Movers, Slow Children and Elton Duck.