Friday, January 18, 2008

GETTING GROOVY WITH THE BANGLES

Hey, did I really say I was going to shut down Detailed Twang? After promising to post this and other gems? Well it’s time to right that wrong – we’re back, and from now on when we need to go off and “find ourselves” we promise to do so without makin’ a big old show of it. So I’m presenting an EP here from the early BANGLES – newly shorn of their former name THE BANGS, newly signed to IRS records, and featuring a wonderful Merseybeat/girl-pop/garage sound that they totally jettisoned after this record. This EP was a big hit on college radio, and I remember it well from my high school days. That I’d still dig it now as much as I did then speaks to its quality, for I went through many musical phases after this one where I either listened solely to punk & garage or to freaked-out psych & proto-punk rarities, strange DIY sounds from the 70s and 80s etc etc. THE BANGLES, in all their purity and naiveté, remain, and I’m proud to spread the good word here and in so doing, herald the sheepish return of Detailed Twang.

Please pay special attention to the scorching cover of 60s New Zealand punkers THE LA-DE-DAS’ “How Is The Air Up There”, and fantastic originals “Mary Street” and “The Real World”. This was, at one time, a fantastic band, and I wish I'd seen 'em circa 1981-83. If you want to hear previous posts from the early band that we put up last year, please click here and here.

Play or Download THE BANGLES – “Real World”
Play or Download THE BANGLES – “I’m In Line”
Play or Download THE BANGLES – “Want You”
Play or Download THE BANGLES – “Mary Street”
Play or Download THE BANGLES – “How Is The Air Up There”

12 comments:

Michael Day said...

Ha! Jay, welcome back. I knew you couldn't quit us like that.

- Michael

SDD said...

And there was much rejoicing.

Anonymous said...

Subtle Turnhips! Subtle Turnhips!

-Tippet

Kyle said...

Cool, you're back. I saw em back then; they were pretty good. Lotsa good lookin chicks at the shows too.

Anonymous said...

You're back - hurrah!

And double hurrah for the new post!

Steve

Glenn said...

welcome back...great return post...glad your around again...thanks so much... have you ever heard of a bangles surf instrumental track on the compilation "rodney on the roq volume 3"...can't find it online anywhere...maybe it's the missing piece needed to complete the early bang(les) set?

Jay said...

Yeah Glenn, it's called "Bitchen Summer" - there's that and a short cut called "No Mag Commercial" that was on "The Radio Tokyo Tapes" - you have thpse 2 plus the ones I posted, then you've got all the early stuff - though I wonder if there are more demos out there.

alex supertramp said...

whoa -- i had no idea this eary incarnation of the bangles existed -- i came by way of the popier side of things and of course my crush on Susanna sparked by the Allnighter...

thanks for sharing and enlightening...

Glenn said...

Hi Jay, will keep eyes open for those comps and let you know if anything materialises.

Found complete posts of rodney 1 and 2, but no 3 as of yet.

Meanwhile here's some early footage (you might have seen before)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RfGdbtUk3LM

along with: oh-ok, raincoats, marine girls, young marble giants, pylon etc...they were really onto something for those first few years of the 80s.

Glenn said...

hi Jay, looks like bitchen summer has at last come to light

http://isupplythecountrywithbutter.blogspot.com/2008/03/best-of-rodney-on-roq-1989-various.html

Allan said...

Little more trivia, "Want You" was on the never released soundtrack for "Thrashin'".

In the movie, the song is on right before the Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage to play "Blackeyed Blonde".

stevennealwagner said...

I've been listening to this lately and am just blown away by how good it is. So musically, so lively. Sure, the influences are apparent but they do it with such conviction and...fun! If you like this DO NOT APOLOGIZE!