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The Bangles
"Greatest Hits"

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track listing
  • Hero Takes A Fall
  • Going Down
    To Liverpool
  • Manic Monday
  • If She Knew
    What She Wants
  • Walk Like An Egyptian
  • Walking Down
    Your Street
  • Following
  • Hazy Shade Of Winter
  • In Your Room
  • Eternal Flame
  • Be With You
  • I'll Set You Free
  • Everything I Wanted
  • Where Were You
    When I
    Needed You

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    "Greatest Hits"

    The Bangles -- one of the few all-girl bands who were successful from the 1980s decade. In a "man's world" of the music business, women have come a long way, in trying to become just as popular, or even more famous than their male counterparts. The Bangles' Greatest Hits comprises of songs from their dominating years in music, 1984-1988.

    The first two songs may not ring bells as to their most popular hits, but it showcases The Bangles as a very upbeat pop act: "Hero Takes A Fall" and "Going Down To Liverpool." "Manic Monday" (written by Prince) and "If She Knew What She Wants" definitely rings the bells for people who remember these songs when they were first popular, likewise "Walking Down Your Street," and a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade Of Winter." "Walk Like An Egyptian" and "Eternal Flame" would become #1 hits for The Bangles.

    "Following" doesn't have the familiar pop sound style as many of their songs, and when hearing this song, it is hard to believe to be that of The Bangles' music. "In Your Room" has the familiar pop styles as other female-dominated '80s acts, such as The Go-Go's, and especially Katrina & The Waves. "Be With You" has the typical Bangles pop style, and I'll Set You Free" is another good pop number, and could be compared to another female pop trio that would become popular in the early '90s, Wilson Phillips. A more rock style as in Katrina & The Waves returns with "Everything I Need." Ending the Greatest Hits compilation is a remake of the 1960s hit, "Where Were You When I Needed You," which was originally recorded by The Grass Roots. The Bangles give this song an updated 1980s approach, Bangles style.

    A wonderful assortment of 1980s pop culture -- The Bangles' most popular songs and other songs that may not have been remembered. They all have a great pop sound, as The Bangles achieved popularity as one of many female acts who tried to make a name for themselves. The 1980s decade did have a large number of bands lead by females, as well as many all-female groups. Some may not be as remembered as others, and some may not be fans of The Bangles' music, yet when "Walk Like An Egyptian" is heard, many will say, "Oh, I remember THAT song..." and to many, will either bring a sheer of delight, or to a shriek of dismay. In either case, The Bangles proved that females can be successful as the many men who proceeded them from previous decades. And throughout the next decades, females in music have succeeded at that.

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