The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

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Re: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

Postby toomanyhatz » 05 Jun 2018, 19:35

pcqgod wrote:I can listen to it now and enjoy it for what it is, but at the time it seemed a betrayal, coming as it did after the smart, emotionally-engaging garagey pop-rock of their self-titled e.p. and the 'All Over the Place' lp. That and their MTV-makeover made their descent into power ballad mediocrity inevitable.


This. Although certainly it doesn't completely lack "that sound" of AOtP, and that is a some small victory. Surely it could have been worse. (And "Manic Monday" probably is...)
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Postby Eddie Shah environment » 05 Jun 2018, 19:38

pcqgod wrote:I can listen to it now and enjoy it for what it is, but at the time it seemed a betrayal, coming as it did after the smart, emotionally-engaging garagey pop-rock of their self-titled e.p. and the 'All Over the Place' lp. That and their MTV-makeover made their descent into power ballad mediocrity inevitable.


Yep.

Actually - the single before this one was a peach:

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Postby Pansy Puff » 05 Jun 2018, 21:03

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Postby sloopjohnc » 05 Jun 2018, 21:26

The Venerable B. Eef wrote:
pcqgod wrote:I can listen to it now and enjoy it for what it is, but at the time it seemed a betrayal, coming as it did after the smart, emotionally-engaging garagey pop-rock of their self-titled e.p. and the 'All Over the Place' lp. That and their MTV-makeover made their descent into power ballad mediocrity inevitable.


Yep.

Actually - the single before this one was a peach:



I like this one and I like Manic Monday (written by Prince) alot more like Walk Like an Egyptian. It's just a stupid song and video.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Jun 2018, 21:39

Jeez, these supposedly more credible, classier early tracks are really wretched. Is MOR really that appealing to you lot?
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Postby Eddie Shah environment » 05 Jun 2018, 21:55

They haven't even got one toe in MOR.
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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 05 Jun 2018, 22:00

They’re tiny, no wonder they have to walk like that
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Postby pcqgod » 05 Jun 2018, 22:30

Darkness_Fish wrote:Jeez, these supposedly more credible, classier early tracks are really wretched. Is MOR really that appealing to you lot?


These are the Bangles that I like, sharp pop with a garage rock edge, Mamas & Papas harmonies meets Nuggets.







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Postby sloopjohnc » 05 Jun 2018, 22:49

James was my favorite of those earlier ones.

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Postby Ranking Ted » 05 Jun 2018, 23:30

Count me as a fan of AOTP and particularly the three tracks Fange calls out, all pop greatness. I like this one a lot too - it’s kinda goofy - the gongs, the whistling - but it’s still cool. And Teenage RT still like Susanna’s eye rolling and, er, smouldering. Hell, middle aged RT does too.

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Re: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

Postby fange » 06 Jun 2018, 03:19

toomanyhatz wrote:
pcqgod wrote:I can listen to it now and enjoy it for what it is, but at the time it seemed a betrayal, coming as it did after the smart, emotionally-engaging garagey pop-rock of their self-titled e.p. and the 'All Over the Place' lp. That and their MTV-makeover made their descent into power ballad mediocrity inevitable.


This. Although certainly it doesn't completely lack "that sound" of AOtP, and that is a some small victory. Surely it could have been worse. (And "Manic Monday" probably is...)

Ok, i'll be honest and say i think this whole "betrayal" concept is bullshit. Not just in this case - coz as hatzt says, 'WLAE' actually does have some of the band's earlier signature sound still in it, especially the guitars - but pidgeon-holing an artist or group in general to grow and/or to achieve success in the way I as a fan want them too.
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Re: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

Postby Charlie O. » 06 Jun 2018, 04:52

Since this thread has inevitably morphed into "post your favorite Bangles tune," here's mine (unless "The Real World" is):





All Over The Place is a near-masterpiece.
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Re: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

Postby fange » 06 Jun 2018, 05:32

Charlie O. wrote:All Over The Place is a near-masterpiece.

Wow. I like it and think it's a pretty solid guitar pop record, but i've never really thought about it in those terms. If this is a near-masterpiece, then the same should be said for the Hoodoo Gurus' and the Smithereens' debuts.
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Postby Charlie O. » 06 Jun 2018, 05:46

fange wrote:If this is a near-masterpiece, then the same should be said for the Hoodoo Gurus' and the Smithereens' debuts.

I prefer both those bands' second albums, as it happens. Green Thoughts might be in the same league as All Over The Place.
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Re: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

Postby fange » 06 Jun 2018, 06:25

Charlie O. wrote:
fange wrote:If this is a near-masterpiece, then the same should be said for the Hoodoo Gurus' and the Smithereens' debuts.

I prefer both those bands' second albums, as it happens. Green Thoughts might be in the same league as All Over The Place.

Actually, i'd agree with you about Mars Needs Guitars!, but not about GT. Been a while since i heard it though, so maybe it'll click more now; let's see.
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Postby fange » 06 Jun 2018, 14:21

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What about the Dutch?










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Postby sloopjohnc » 06 Jun 2018, 16:28

Charlie O. wrote:
fange wrote:If this is a near-masterpiece, then the same should be said for the Hoodoo Gurus' and the Smithereens' debuts.

I prefer both those bands' second albums, as it happens. Green Thoughts might be in the same league as All Over The Place.


Prefer the Hoodoo Gurus second, but like the Smithereens debut. Their second isn't far off though.

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Re: The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian: yea or nay?

Postby pcqgod » 06 Jun 2018, 16:41

fange wrote:
toomanyhatz wrote:
pcqgod wrote:I can listen to it now and enjoy it for what it is, but at the time it seemed a betrayal, coming as it did after the smart, emotionally-engaging garagey pop-rock of their self-titled e.p. and the 'All Over the Place' lp. That and their MTV-makeover made their descent into power ballad mediocrity inevitable.


This. Although certainly it doesn't completely lack "that sound" of AOtP, and that is a some small victory. Surely it could have been worse. (And "Manic Monday" probably is...)

Ok, i'll be honest and say i think this whole "betrayal" concept is bullshit. Not just in this case - coz as hatzt says, 'WLAE' actually does have some of the band's earlier signature sound still in it, especially the guitars - but pidgeon-holing an artist or group in general to grow and/or to achieve success in the way I as a fan want them too.



Yeah, but you know how it is when you love an artist. And I just adored the Bangles; was even in their official fan club. The sound on the early records just sounds so organic and pure and unlike what was being played on U.S. radio at the time. That radio ready sheen and use of synth drums starting around 1986 really didn't sit well with me. I remember actually returning a Soul Asylum album to the record store because I thought it was defective for having a gated snare sound!
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