Lion of the Blogosphere

The Bangles live in Pittsburgh (1986)

If you’re a Bangles fan, this concert footage is amazing. (If you only know Manic Monday and Walk Like an Egyptian, then you can just skip to the 49-minute mark.)

Watching this makes me so sad that the Bangles gave a concert in walking distance from where I was living (in the fall of 1985 or winter or spring of 1986, not sure) and I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to see them. I guess I wasn’t actually a Bangles fan until twenty, thirty years later.

I don’t need to point out that they have great 80s hair, but I’ll point it out anyway.

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I also noticed that the girls in the band are quite skinny, which is not especially unusual, then or now, for glamorous celebrity types.

I also noticed that Susanna Hoffs is always looking sideways, and while it’s sexy in short doses, it actually gets kind of weird looking if the camera lingers on her for a longer time. Her irises alternate between being at the extreme left or extreme right of her eye sockets.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 26, 2019 at 8:38 PM

Posted in Music videos

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  1. “they have great 80s hair”

    In more ways than one.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    October 26, 2019 at 9:18 PM

  2. “The Bangles live in Pittsburgh??” I always thought they lived in California.

    370H55V

    October 26, 2019 at 10:12 PM

    • Yes, that’s how I first read it. That’s why ‘live’ albums usually capitalise the ‘Live’ I suppose.

      Quite disappointing, as for a moment I was imagining an article about how the city of Pittsburgh was luring 80’s pop stars with special grants or something.

      Funnily enough I was just the other day thinking that Lion needed some light relief posts about 80’s music/hair. Reading Trump disappointment posts is rather sad, like seeing a couple you knew having a break-up of social media.

      prolier than thou

      October 27, 2019 at 5:19 AM

  3. Saw them at a charity fundraiser in Reno in 2007. Still looking great in their 50s, especially Susannah Hoffs.

    a bee ee?

    October 26, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    • I really doubt that, you know? Even in that ‘86 performance her looks were really disappointing – nothing like in the video for “If She Knew What She Wants.”

      Marty

      October 27, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    • I think there’s something about fame, popularity, etc that makes others see someone as more attractive than they really are.

      destructure

      October 27, 2019 at 3:11 PM

  4. Best thing they ever recorded was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade Of Winter”.

    Minomo

    October 27, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    • Agree. I just watched the video to remind myself how good the song was. I didn’t realise it was used on a film soundtrack, and nor did I didn’t realise there was a film version of ‘Less than Zero’.

      prolier than thou

      October 27, 2019 at 9:34 AM

  5. I don’t need to point out that they have great 80s hair, but I’ll point it out anyway.

    I don’t need to point out that they’re all skinny.

    Every time the camera is on Susana Hoffs, she intentionally shifts her eyes to the left (like she did in her original MTV videos).

    E. Rekshun

    October 27, 2019 at 4:49 AM

    • “I don’t need to point out that they’re all skinny.

      Every time the camera is on Susana Hoffs, she intentionally shifts her eyes to the left (like she did in her original MTV videos).”

      Actually, I noticed both of these things while watching the concert. There are still skinny celebrities, so I don’t think that part has changed.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 27, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    • I’ve heard only bad things about Pittsburgh from people who’ve been there, so I don’t know what to think about articles like that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 27, 2019 at 9:11 AM

      • Pittsburgh is a good place for white hipsters to live now; nice little restaurants and book shops and decent art and natural history museums (Carnegie) and a good sized library. There is a place they call The Strip with European grocery stores and that kind of thing. Lion should visit Pittsburgh.

        Gozo

        October 27, 2019 at 1:42 PM

      • I’ve heard it’s very white. That’s why it’s so livable, and probably why the people you talked to said bad things about it–they were liberals, so they didn’t think it was diverse enough.

        Hermes

        October 27, 2019 at 2:27 PM

      • No downtownville is good for a Manhattanite like Lion.

        Hell’s Kitchen is already a Hipsterhood, so why does Lion need to visit in another one that is smaller, less grander, with a fewer selections of food? Besides, there are plenty of them north of the NAM Bronx.

        The Strand Books in Manhattan has all the used books Lion needs to read/collect.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        October 27, 2019 at 3:22 PM

      • That’s what you think. Now that the steel mills are gone (“Steelers” is just a legacy name to be explained to future generations) and the economy is based on “eds and meds”, with a hilly wooded terrain and reasonable housing costs, some have deemed it the “Portland of the East”, although these days I hardly consider that a compliment.

        On the other hand, for us members of The Tribe, it might be a good idea to wait a while until things calm down.

        370H55V

        October 27, 2019 at 5:36 PM

  6. It’s so cute when Lion puts up these vids to show he’s a cool dude.

    gothamette

    October 27, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    • I’m not trying to show that I’m cool. If I wanted to pretend to be cool I’d pretend to be into rap.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 27, 2019 at 12:15 PM

      • Susanna Hoffs is a glam rocker and not a real rock musician. Guys listen to her, because she’s like a sexual plaything on stage, strumming a few simple chords on the guitar along the way. And by the way, anyone who knows a thing about guitars, Hoffs plays a Rickenbacker, which are pretty instruments, well suited for her glam rock act, and they’re only good for rhythm or strumming, not playing melodies.

        A real female rock musician from the Baby Boomer era would be Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. She could really play the guitar.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        October 27, 2019 at 12:39 PM

      • Nah, that would be “performative” and performative is unkewl.

        Coolness for whites is these somewhat obscure indie bands.

        gothamette

        October 27, 2019 at 12:58 PM

      • I must be cool because I keep up with rap and genuinely like some of it. I listen to many other genres as well both old and new. Every now and then someone from work will ask me for a ride and they are surprised that I have rap music on in the car. Being a conservative looking middle aged white I’m the last person they would expect would listen to it.

        As for 80s hair I saw a comment on another blog where someone linked the decline of big hair to the decline in the crime rate. He said when crime started to go down women became more boring.

        Jay Fink

        October 27, 2019 at 2:16 PM

      • A real female rock musician from the Baby Boomer era would be Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. She could really play the guitar.

        Rolling Stone ranked Joan Jett as no. 87 of the Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time.

        https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-guitarists-david-frickes-picks-146383/tony-iommi-2-229069/

        Gibson Guitars ranked Nancy Wilson (Heart) as the 8th greatest female guitarist of all time.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wilson_(rock_musician)#Accolades

        E. Rekshun

        October 27, 2019 at 2:37 PM

      • No, Lion, if you wanted to pretend to be cool you’d pretend to like some band we never heard of, or you’d pretend to have liked some band before they sold out.

        njguy73

        October 27, 2019 at 5:54 PM

      • Oooo baracoootie:

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        October 27, 2019 at 7:37 PM

  7. Hoff’s greatest work. Hottest Jew of the 80s?

    fakeemail

    October 27, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    • Curle

      October 27, 2019 at 2:40 PM

      • “Hottest Jew of the ‘80s: Phoebe Cates (née Katz).”

        She is part-Asian.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        October 27, 2019 at 8:57 PM

      • Add to the list Clio Goldsmith, French movie actress and member of prominent European (banking?) family, starred in Plein Sud (1981). Way hotter than Hoffs.

        Curle

        October 29, 2019 at 1:10 AM

      • “She is part-Asian.”

        Well a quarter Chinese mix apparently works for her.

        Mike Street Station

        November 2, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    • Yes, she and Rebecca Schaefer were my Jewish crushes of the late 80s.

      370H55V

      October 27, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    • Two words: Jennifer. Connelly.

      Oh, what, she was from the ’90s?

      Two more words: Don’t. Care.

      Thank you and drive through.

      njguy73

      October 27, 2019 at 10:35 PM

  8. I have a three word review of the movie “Us”:

    piece of shit.

    gothamette

    October 27, 2019 at 1:16 PM

  9. Ok, I’m a ‘spergy geek, and you’re starting to creep *me* out.

    njguy73

    October 27, 2019 at 3:23 PM

  10. Lion,

    Nothing to say about Abu Bakr’s death? It’s important!

    gothamette

    October 27, 2019 at 6:49 PM

  11. “Syria Mosque”? That speaks to such a bygone era, when Americans welcomed and celebrated the other and were not afraid of anything they had to offer. Not like the bigotry of today.

    Kindergarten Aide

    October 27, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    • In 1911 when it was built and so named, Islamic countries were considered exotic in a manner that today would be considered both kitsch and racist cultural appropriation. There was a lot of orientalist art in those days. Look up the paintings of Jean-Léon Gérôme, for example.

      There was no Islamic terrorism back then, what today is Israel was just a British colony, there was no oil being exported from the Middle East because there was way more oil in Texas than the world needed.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      October 27, 2019 at 8:18 PM

      • This was all “lawrence of Arabia” and “Arabian Nights” thinking.

        map

        October 27, 2019 at 8:28 PM

      • I was being sarcastic, but your poker faced comment won the day. This is why you are our leader. Where in New Mexico shall our cult move to and pitch our tepees?

        Kindergarten Aide

        October 27, 2019 at 8:53 PM

      • Speaking of kitsch art and the Hudson Valley again, Nyack born artist, Edward Hopper created paintings that depict your average commenter had the internet was not born. We are indeed the luckier bastards from a later era.

        The loneliness and the meaningless of American Society.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        October 27, 2019 at 8:56 PM


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