The Bangles - Did You Know?

The Bangles - Did You Know?September 6, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American pop rock band, The Bangles.




The Bangles are an American pop rock band that was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles and currently consists of Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson and Annette Zilinskas. They are mostly known for their hit songs: "Walk Like an Egyptian," "Eternal Flame," "Manic Monday" and "Hazy Shade of Winter."

The Bangles were originally called The Bangs, but had to change the name because another band had it. That band offered the name to the girls for $20,000, but they refused.

Brainstorming eventually led to the name "Bangles," which sounds like "Beatles" and is also the name of a song by The Electric Prunes.

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The song "Walk Like an Egyptian" by Bangles was written by songwriter Liam Sternberg. He got the idea for the song when he was on a ferry boat and saw people struggling to keep their balance.

The way the people held out their arms and jerked around, made it look like they were doing Egyptian movements, and if the boat moved suddenly, they would all topple over.

"Walk Like an Egyptian" was first offered to singer Toni Basil, but she turned it down. The Bangles, however, needed one more song in order to complete their album, so they accepted and took this song.

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