Thursday, March 12, 2009


(Note - this post originally from 9/10/2007, which I'm re-doing now so those of you who missed the tracks can get them again, is easily the most popular post in the history of this blog. I've had mulitple requests to re-post these songs. I'm also adding the super-rare "No Mag Commercial" as a bonus; thanks very much to Leah for sending it....!)

Totally have appreciated the seething scorn heaped upon me every time I mention my love for the first couple of BANGLES releases. It certainly makes it all worth it, doesn't it? Well in high school I got really into that first EP of theirs on IRS (recorded when they were still called THE BANGS), and I still believe every track on it to be fantastic 60s fuzz/jangle with harmonies to die for, including their outstanding cover of New Zealand 60s punkers THE LA-DE-DAS ("How Is The Air Up There").

When their real first album came out, of course it was a total slide down the dumper, and after that into the realm of the unmentionable. I've told this story before on other blogs, but I've got a pal who claims he saw the very early Bangs totally blow away BLACK FLAG and RED CROSS at the Cathay De Grande in LA around 1981; four mildly scared, miniskirted young women who decided to play their bouncy 60s pop at lightning speed to the assembled meathead multitude, and won at least one new fan in the process.

So I got to college and had this clued-in next door neighboor in the dorms, and he had that first BANGS single, the one I'd never heard. Totally dug it, and still do. "Getting Out Of Hand / Call On Me", from 1981 on Downkiddie Records, apparently got a smidgen of local airplay, but was really only one of dozens of cool Los Angeles records coming out at the time. Because of their sixties leanings, these ladies got lumped in the with "paisley underground" of the Three O'Clock, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade et al. I guess that's fair, but they exited the paisley ghetto just about as fast as they could, and their bank accounts are undoubtedly still thanking them. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do - c'mon, it's OK to fess up.

Play The Bangs, "Getting Out of Hand"

Download THE BANGS - "Getting Out of Hand" (Side A)
Download THE BANGS - "Call On Me" (Side B)

As a bonus, I'm also including a very early send-up The Bangs did of "Getting Out of Hand" for the Los Angeles art/punk magazine NO MAG in 1981. The magazine was great and incredibly un-PC; each issue filled in every random spot in the layout with scary pictures of mentally retarded individuals. It was comped on the first "Radio Tokyo Tapes" LP the next year. Again, thanks to Leah for sending this track along to us here at the 'Twang.

Download THE BANGS - "No Mag Commercial"


ONECHORD said...

hi jay,

any chance to get any issue of this cult no mag magazine? really interested.

many thanks.

best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the re-post!!!

Anonymous said...

Sue Bangle gives me a Hard On ! Then and Now ! I'd like to get her in the Two Car Garage, or Tool Shed in Brent WOOD ! "Then go through her purse" !!!

kvz said...

that black flag, bangles, redd kross show did happen by the way...i just posted the flyer on facebook (sorry) on the cathay of thee best black flag shows i have ever witnessed. shit, everybody was great - just one of those fine LA afternoons...

Anonymous said...

Im looking for a song by The Bangs called "Bitchen Summer"

Ivo said...

Argh! No Mag link is dead!! Please re-post!!! Thank you!

brogues said...

Tremendous! Thanks for uploading. I'm dang sure that I wouldn't have heard it all - especially the No Mag. commerical! - otherwise.

cheers, brogues

Anonymous said...

I saw the Bangs before they had a 45 out, at a hole in the wall in North Hollywood called "The Rock Orphanage" on a Sunday night, had to be summer 1979. Their original bassist, Annette had graduated from our high school that year and she was very cool, a friend. And y'know what? THEY SMOKED! They weren't merely aping garage (before it was marketed as "Garage"). They embodied that entire sixties fuzz and harmonies thing...with total conviction: it was who they were. They did nearly all covers, including a knock-you-on-yer-ass cover of the Turtles' "Outside Chance." No average Sunday night, that one.

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