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Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) on how they encountered Prince

From “Acute jangle” by Rob Hughes in the April 2019 issue of UK magazine Record Collector (issue no. 491), page 75:

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LA was all hair metal and synth-pop in the early 80s. Enter The Bangles, Rain Parade, The Dream Syndicate and The Three O’Clock, with their loud guitars and bags of post-punk attitude, heralding the birth of The Paisley Underground. “We wanted to drag the 60s kicking and screaming into the 80s,” Susanna Hoffs tells Rob Hughes.

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The psychedelic inference of Paisley Underground, in the meantime, had piqued the interest of one of the decade’s new superstars. Prince came knocking at The Bangles’ door after he’d taken a shine to one of their singles, “Hero Takes A Fall” (ostensibly about Wynn). “Within a few days of hearing “When Doves Cry” on the radio for the first time, somebody came up to me and said, ‘Do you know that Prince really likes The Bangles?’” recalls Hoffs. “He’d seen the song on MTV and the next thing I knew he’d just pop up at our shows. And several times he’d get up onstage with us. We jammed with him a couple of years later, after he’d invited us to Sunset Sound, on Sunset Boulevard. He just wanted to play Bangles songs. He knew them all, which was crazy. That was when he offered us the cassette with “Manic Monday” on it.”

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It proved a game-changer. The Bangles’ recording of “Manic Monday”, released in January 1986, was a massive international hit, reaching the second spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK charts. Parent album Different Light went triple platinum.

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Reply #1 posted 04/02/19 7:18am

scratchtasia

That first Bangles album (All Over the Place) is seriously one of my all-time favorites. I love that Prince knew all their songs.

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Reply #2 posted 04/02/19 11:16am

jungleluv

I have Eternal Flame - Best of The Bangles CD. All their songs are good, they were my favourite girl group of the 1980's.

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Reply #3 posted 04/07/19 4:09pm

violetcrush

Hero Takes A Fall is great and Liverpool is my favorite Bangles song. Their music was progressive for that time period, and MTV helped them launch. Not surprised at all that Prince knew of them and liked them. Four attractive girls who can sing and play their own instruments biggrin I'm sure he wished he had discovered them. And Wendy said he thought Susanna Hoffs was cute smile

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