Susanna Hoffs of the popular ’80s all-girl group The Bangles from right here in Los Angeles joined Gary Bryan for a conversation about the group’s chart-topping hits and coming together for a show at the L.A. County Fair on Monday, Sept. 2nd.
The Bangles were unstoppable in the ’80s at the beginning of the cusp when all-girl rock bands were taking over the charts.
“It felt very empowering to us, and it felt like we were on the beginning of a new wave of female rock bands as opposed to singing groups,” said Susanna about the surge of female rock groups. “Different from your traditional girl groups of the ’60s that we think of.”
The group went on to churn out hit after hit that includes “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like An Egyptian” and one cover tune Susanna said was inspired after hearing a little diddy by Simon and Garfunkel called “Hazy Shade of Winter” right here on K-EARTH 101.
“I used to obsessively listen to K-EARTH in the ’80s, and actually many of the first covers that the Bangles did were ideas I got listening to K-EARTH,” said Susanna. “I was stuck in this little factory job alone…glued to K-EARTH and I heard [Hazy Shade Of Winter] and I brought it to rehearsal that night, and sure enough we recorded it.”
Nearly 30 years after The Bangles first recorded “Hazy,” the song has somewhat come full circle and can now be regularly heard in rotation on K-EARTH. And to Susanna, that’s a good thing.
“I remember that moment where somebody alerted me to the fact that the Bangles were on K-EARTH and it really felt like a milestone,” said Susanna. “There was a part of me that went ‘oh no! I’m on an oldies station’ in the sense of I got older how did that happen? … but another part of me was like ‘yay!'”
You can flashback to the ’80s with The Bangles at the L.A. County Fair along with more ‘ladies of the ’80s’ Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, Martha Davis and The Motels on Monday, Sept. 2! Purchase your tickets here (Please note that fair admission is required in addition to concert tickets).
Listen to more stories from the ’80s with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles in our complete interview below.