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“Close your eyes, give me your hand … darling. Do you feel my heart beating?”

Earlier this week, I found myself swaying back and forth, a glass of Prosecco in my hand, belting out the lyrics to The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” my favorite song circa 1988. I was 8 years old when the tune came out and, at the time, it seemed far more important that I learn to tease my hair a la front woman Susanna Hoffs than study my multiplication tables for third grade math. I put even more effort into memorizing the lyrics to “Walk Like An Egyptian.” The song remains my karaoke standard to this day.

As I looked around the packed club at the large number of iPhones being held in the air, capturing the moment on video, it occurred to me that “Eternal Flame,” a song that had sounded so deep to me as a kid, was actually kind of trite. But I pushed the thought from my mind. I wasn’t hear to evaluate the artistic merit of the music I had loved when I was younger—I was here simply to revel in the fact that I had loved it. As the song ended, Susanna took a moment to address the crowd with some heartfelt words. “It’s the 30th anniversary of The Bangles,” she said. “All the love you’ve given to us, we want to give back to you.”

I jumped up and down, clapping wildly. And something occurred to me—I realized that I am a reunion tour junkie.

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Walk Like An Egyptian: It’s A New Song From The Bangles!

“Walk Like An Egyptian” is my signature karaoke song. [I have seen this in action and it's awesome. -- Editor] This is because I memorized every word to it in the ’80s, listening to The Bangles’ Different Light on repeat. I dreamed of sounding—and, fine, looking—like Susanna Hoffs. So I am kind of excited that the band is back together, Hoffs once again rocking out with sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson. The ladies are releasing a brand new album in September, Sweetheart of the Sun. Today, we get a first listen to the song “I Will Never Be Through With You.” And it’s already wedged itself into my head. Take a listen at the link. [MTV] Keep reading »

The Puppini Sisters On Getting Jilted

The Puppini Sisters may sound like a ‘40s girl group, but their songs are thoroughly modern. On their new album, The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo, they cover Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” and the Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” in addition to original material. It is really funny, though, to hear such an old-timey group harmonizing about things like not trusting the advice in a Cosmo quiz. On “Jilted,” the sisters, who aren’t really sisters, sing, “How did I get it so wrong?/I tried new positions, I learned his friends’ names, I made myself sit through football games…,” but we’re guessing that women back in the day had similar issues, even if they didn’t need to feign interest in ESPN. [Verve Records] Keep reading »

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