Album: All Over The Place
Emerging from the Paisley Underground via the pathway created by their girls-with-guitars predecessors, The Bangles were one of those “Next Big Things” that actually got big. Just not with this song. Or album.
More psychedelic than the Go-Gos and with better songs than the Runaways, on All Over The Place, The Bangles deployed a perfect synthesis of stinging alt-rock guitars and girl-group harmonies.
And nowhere was it deployed better on the lead single, “Hero Takes a Fall,” in which those aformentioned harmonies and stinging guitars pop in and out of the mix through the entire songs, creating an irresistible combination of melody and noise that topped every chart in the world.
Or at least fucking well should have.
At the very least, this album turned Susanna Hoffs into a sex symbol for right-thinking college rock boys across the nation, some of whom had Bangles posters over their beds and others of whom melted whenever she did that thing where she looked away from the camera, and then back into our souls.
Anyways, check out this video of their performance of “Hero Takes A Fall” on Late Night With David Letterman, where, instead of just going directly into the final verse, Vicki Petersen tosses off a fuzzed-out garage rock guitar solo. You have no idea how much I love that: instead of just playing the potential hit single as close to the record, they turn this version into something special and unique.
“Hero Takes a Fall”
“Hero Takes a Fall” performed live on Late Night w/ David Letterman, 1984
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