The Bangles


The Real World 12"

A few people I know rave about the BANGLES, but I just don’t understand why. Some of their originals do have a ’60s feel (“Want You” and “Mary Street” on this EP), but most are examples of overproduced new wave pablum à la GO-GO’S. Even their LA-DE-DA’S cover (“How Is the Air Up There?”) is lame.

Getting Out of Hand / Call On Me 7"

It could be the best girl group to come along since the SHANGRI-LAS. “Getting Out of Hand” is the standout cut with great vocals and sparse garage instrumentation. Sounds like everything you thought that “other” LA band was going to but didn’t.