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One of the most successful female groups of all time, The Bangles make a triumphant return to their hometown of L.A. with their first ever concert DVD. The queens of power pop pull out all of their hits, from "Walk Like An Egyptian" to "Eternal Flame," along with early fan favorites like "Hero Takes A Fall." Extras include acoustic performances of "Ride The Ride" and Prince's "Manic Monday," a candid interview with the band about their storied history and a photo gallery with rare and never-before-seen photos.
During their career peak in the mid- to late 1980s, the Bangles were so famous that Saturday Night Live's Dennis Miller was parodying lead singer Susanna Hoffs' precious sideways glance. The Bangles: Return to Bangleonia is the female quartet's live concert offering. But oddly enough, it isn't a gig from that era, but rather a concert recorded in 2000 at the House of Blues in Hollywood. Even more curious, the DVD wasn't released until 2007. With a handful of catchy and popular songs that were staples on both the radio and MTV, the Bangles transcend the one-hit wonder category, But they aren't an iconic girl group like the Supremes or even the Go-Go's (who preceded them by a couple years). Still, fans will enjoy this collection, which includes 18 songs such as "Eternal Flame," "Manic Monday," "Hazy Shade of Winter," and their breakthrough single "Walk Like an Egyptian." The group includes bassist Michael Steele, lead guitarist Vicki Peterson, Peterson's younger sister Debbi on drums, and Hoffs on rhythm guitar. Thanks to her winsome, quivering voice and doe-eyed good looks, it was Hoffs who garnered the most attention from fans, media, and men. (Prince was such an admirer that he wrote "Manic Monday" as a vehicle for Hoffs to sing. He used the pseudonym Christopher for that track.) And it was Hoff's popularity that drove her to leave the band to launch an unsuccessful solo career. In Bangleonia, the women show that they are far from dinosaurs, rocking out to their pop hits. Yes, they hit some rough notes live. Yes, they've aged well. And no, they don't look like pathetic wannabes trying to regain their glory. The DVD also includes an interview with Hoffs and the Peterson sisters that is lighthearted, though not particularly revealing. --Jae-Ha Kim
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Working out in the yard the other day, a song popped into my head, as often happens. This one happened to be Manic Monday. Now, if my life was at stake, I couldn't have told you who performed this song, though I knew that it was very popular at some point. Checking You Tube later, I watched the video of The Bangles performing the song. I checked out a few of their other videos and then found the Return to Bangleonia video. After watching and listening to it, I had to buy it.
Now, I knew of the Bangles but, I couldn't have named any of these ladies, nor how many were in the band. Return to Bangleonia was an amazing education for me. The energy, the sound, the enthusiasm had me glued to the screen. I recognized some of the songs, but others were new--to me. From what I was able to find, the second song-*Live*- wasn't a hit, and I sure don't know why not. I think that the performance of *Hero Takes a Fall* was terrific. The bonus commentary was pretty good, especially, for me, when Vicki broke a guitar string. The quality of the audio and video is first rate, and for someone like me, helped to introduce me to each of these amazing artists. Because of this dvd, I did some looking around for other music and information about The Bangles. I'm in the process of listening to, and buying, as much of their music that I can find, both pre-split as well as more recent. Though they were very successful, I am left to only imagine the heights that they would have achieved if they hadn't split up for 11 years.
I am happy that I found Return to Bangleonia, but I'm a little saddened since it doesn't appear that I'll ever have the opportunity to attend one of their live performances. But, if they should ever appear anywhere near the east coast, I'm there. I hope that they haven't stopped producing new music. Also, because of this dvd, I got to "meet" Susanna, only to discover that she is happily married, and has been for quite a while. Oh, well...................
Thanks to Return to Bangleonia, I'm able to experience the somewhat delayed discovery and enjoyment of this terrific band.
The line-up includes:
Susanna Hoffs - vocals, guitar
Debbi Peterson - vocals, drums
Vicki Peterson - vocals, lead guitar
Michael Steele - vocals, bass
Also, you get a man playing piano
The song set:
1.Hazy Shade of Winter
3.If She Knew what she wants
4.Between the Two
5.The Rain Song
7.Here Right Now
9.Goining Down to Liverpool
10.I will take care of you
11.Get the girl
12.In Your Room
14.Angels Don't Fall in Love
15.Hero takes a Fall
16.Walk like an Egyptian
17.Pushin' too hard
You also get some great bonus stuff:
Bonus acoustic performances of Manic Monday & Ride the Ride.
The Story of Bangleonia (interview with the band).
Overall, this is a great concert dvd, and I highly recommend it. Thanks!!!!
When I first saw the show on the website it was awesome I loved the performance with all their hits and new songs it was so cool and when the dvd came out I was excited but disappointed that some of the songs were edited especially when they did Manic Monday they had orignally included Waiting For The Man at the end it too was also edited out.
This dvd is still enjoyable but the music market needs to stop editing out so much stuff its getting so ridiculous that I am sure other fans are also getting fed up with them.
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I remember seeing them live in the UK on several occasions in the 1980s and they were always an act worth the admission price. It seems nothing much has changed only now they have a much broader set list to pick from. All the hits are here (although I could live without hearing `Manic Monday' and `Walk Like an Egyptian' ever again) interspersed with old album tracks and new material that would eventually form part of `Doll Revolution' released a couple of years later. Tellingly, the new material sits more than comfortably amongst the older songs.
Their instrumental prowess is still more than competent but it is their vocal harmony singing that really impresses. Time has not dimmed those voices and all four of them sing beautifully either together or individually. Who said Susanna Hoffs was the only singer in the band?
Sure they seem a bit rusty at first, there are a few bum notes and a broken string wrong-foots one of Vicki Peterson's solos but it is the `warts and all' presentation that endears you to this performance. No overdubs or later tampering here, just an honest and engaging concert from a band that sets out to have fun and doesn't take itself too seriously.
Still well worth the admission price.
The DVD features all of the band's biggest hits ("Manic monday", "Walk like an egyptian", "Eternal flame", "Hazy shade of winter", "In your room", "If she knew what she wants", "Hero takes a fall", "Going down to Liverpool") as well as a few key album tracks that the fans have enjoyed over the years ("Live", "Angels don't fall in love", "September gurls"). Oddly enough, some of the songs featured in the original broadcast of this concert were cut off (a formidable cover of "I'm not talking", "You were on my mind" and "Ride the ride"). The concert also includes many songs that would wind up on the "Doll Revolution" album ("Stealing rosemary", "Here right now", "Between the two", "I will take care of you", "The rain song"). The bonus recordings notable feature a killer accoustic rendition of "Manic monday".
It's too bad, however, that this release happens seven years after the concert was done. Weirdly enough, most of the crowd reaction is totally absent from the audio recording, making it feel as though they got a cold reception (which, judging from the original broadcast of this concert, was definitely NOT the case). Some of the audio comments from the band are also highly questionable; contrarily to what they mention, bassist Michael Steele did NOT leave the band soon after this concert (in fact, her decision to leave was made public in 2005). It must also be said that the cover of this DVD ranks as one of the worst ever; this band is extremely photogenic and this child-like illustration really doesn't do them justice.
All in all, this is a strong concert taped that the diehard fans will be happy to own. It's just far from what it could have been if a little more time and care had been taken to deliver the real goods.
Livraison en 2 jours, magnifique et très apprécié.
Bien content aussi d’acheter au Québec.
J’espère de trouver d’autres produits dee vous. Gilles
冬の散歩道／Live／If She Know What She Wants／Between The Two／
The Rain Song／Manic Monday／Here Right Now／September Curls／
Going Down To Liverpool／I Will Take Care Of You／Get The Girl／
In Your Room／Stealing Rosemary／Angels Don't Fall In Love／
Hero Takes A Fall／Walk Like an Egyptian／Pushin' Too Hard／
Eternal Flame／(Stu.Live)Manic Monday／(Stu.Live)Ride The Ride