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Sep 9 02 2:30 PM
Quote: Debbi's quiet in some ways and not in others. She's thoughtful, and can be quiet unless she has something she wants to say. On the other hand she can be riotously funny (and loud) when the mood takes her. Michael strikes me as the quiet one, but I know her the least of the four, so I might be wrong.
Sep 9 02 2:35 PM
Quote: Well, we weren't on anything (except chocolate chip cookie dough and M&M's candies). We wrote some serious songs as well, but the silly ones did have these ridiculous titles (and equally ridiculous lyrics). I guess when you're wracking your brain to come up with something that rhymes and is (preferably) profound, you also come up with some very silly things sometimes. At least we did.
Going Down To Liverpool
Sep 9 02 2:36 PM
Quote: I guess is was either 1975 or 1976. I bought my first bass from Sears (it had a cardboard box with a big "Fragile, use no hooks" sign on it). My amp came soon after (a bass isn't much good without one). I had borrowed a guitar amp from a neighbor and blew out the speaker, so obviously it was needed... Why bass? Because we needed a bass player and Vicki was already so good on guitar. And I liked the sound of bass. Debbi and I had a good time as the rhythm section. I used to hang out back there under her cymbal. In fact, when we first started we had so few microphones that Debbi and I had to share one...(pretty difficult to do, but we managed).
Sep 9 02 2:40 PM
Quote: Actually, at the risk of bragging...I used to like going into guitar stores. Back then almost no women played electric instruments, and it was fun to pick up a bass and play it and see the expressions change on the salesmen's faces from patronizing to surprised. Besides, we had some good friends who worked in the guitar store near us (called Hogan's) and they were always helpful.
Quote: Well...this store owner said that his wife worked with Bob--I think--so we called the place where he worked and Vicki chatted with him, since she liked the Cowsills' music. Then when the Cowsills played a club near where we lived we went to see them. They were amazingly good. And from there, Susan and Vicki got to know one another we all got to be good friends. They're wonderful people.
Sep 9 02 2:41 PM
Quote: I have weird taste in music these days. I like a lot of world music and classical and, of course, the Bangles and the Beatles. My daughter keeps me up to date with recent music as well, but I don't really have a favorite. When we got together we were suffering through the 70's, so top 40 was pretty much out ("Billy don't be a hero" and "Afternoon delight" were on the radio...shudder...). Mostly we listened to 60's stuff. We performed lots of covers of obscure 60's tunes. (Weirdly enough, Linda Ronstadt then recorded several of these. We thought maybe she had a spy at our shows, stealing our ideas...). And we liked musicians like Fanny and Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon and Carole King.
Quote: Ha!...Well, I don't know them all equally well, of course, but I'll vouch for Vicki having a great sense of humor. As for examples...well, it's not exactly wicked, but when she fell backwards into a koi pond at a restaurant last year (she's going to kill me for this), fully dressed, leaving a Bangles dinner, she was wonderfully good-humored about it when she climbed out, soaking wet, afterwards! And, yes, it was an accident...
Sep 9 02 2:47 PM
Quote: I don't think she was ever a member of Redd Kross, but she was good friends with the McDonald brothers and I think she performed with them occasionally. I used to know Jeff McDonald quite well, but not the others.
Sep 9 02 2:52 PM
Quote: Good for you! We need more women bass players. My way of learning how to play was to listen to good bass players on recordings and to try to copy their bass lines. I also always watched the bass players whenever I went to see other bands play, to see if I could pick up any ideas.
Sep 9 02 2:55 PM
Quote: Not my fault! Gracie put that in for fun. No, you can guess how old I am since I was in high school with Vicki and Debbi...
Sep 9 02 2:57 PM
Quote: Well, in high school we were very much just starting out and we didn't even have a drummer (Vicki and I graduated in 1976 and Debbi didn't join the band until 1977), so there wasn't much to make fun of... By the time we really got the band going we were in college and people seemed to take us seriously. Weirdly enough neither we nor our friends seemed to think it was strange that we were all women and in a rock band. That only became an issue later. I'm not sure why that's true.
Sep 9 02 3:08 PM
Quote: Well, the only person that people say I look like is Barbra Streisand and she's a lot older than me, so...I'm stumped.Good luck with your screenplay. Your choices sound good.
Sep 9 02 3:17 PM
Quote: Vicki, Debbi, and I have been through lots of the old photos together and in many of them one (or more) of us looks....um...not as photogenic as we would like...or the fashion choices are horrible...or whatever. But we have some more that will probably show up in the V&A chronicles eventually...(vanity, vanity).
"Gracie is a harsh mistress. We quail in fear at her every utterance. She asks us to stoop and we say "how low?" Gracie has taught me the true meaning of the word 'discipline.'"- Michael Steele
Quote: Gracie--you're right! I know, that made us laugh too.(And I carried it around in that box as long as I had it... then I bought a Fender Jazz and a Gibson EB3, both of which had real cases, so the box was retired.)
Sep 9 02 3:20 PM
Quote: For some reason, I keep losing the answers I've written to your questions! They disappear into cyberspace...but this is a third time and maybe it'll work this time. Sorry if the other two tries reappear somewhere...No, I'm happy with the decision I made. Even at the height of their fame, I could see that it wasn't the life for me.
Quote: I get along well with both of them. Susanna is great. She and I always talk about kids and schools whenever we're in the same room (typical mom stuff). Michael is a lovely person too. I respect them both as musicians and admire their singing.
Quote: I don't think I'm supposed to reveal much, but to me it sounds like neither. It sounds like a band that is wiser and more mature than before while still doing all the things they do best. You'll love it.
Sep 9 02 3:21 PM
Quote: I think it's an important CD. I'm afraid the Bangles have been trivialized somewhat by the media since they broke up (they mostly mention the all-girl-band novelty and the Walk Like an Egyptian-video stuff) and they've lost sight of what an amazing band the Bangles were and are. I hope that this new CD will remind the music critics and the audience that the Bangles write wonderful songs and are terrific musicians. In their own songs they have always had interesting things to say.
Sep 9 02 3:22 PM
Quote: I think probably every immigrant always feels an attachment to the place they came from and an attachment for the place they moved to. I certainly do. But I'm very much Americanized these days.
Sep 9 02 3:25 PM
Quote: Actually, it's kind of interesting. It makes you realize how important celebrity is in our culture. But the people who are celebrities are just people like the rest of us. I don't think I've ever overheard something about them that made me upset. Magazines usually got things wrong in the 80's and that was just funny. I usually don't tell people about the connection I have with them.
Sep 9 02 3:30 PM
Quote: I was delighted when I heard about it. No-one seemed to being forced into it by the others; they were all enthusiastic, so it was obviously the right time. And it gave them a chance, I think, to do it right. They chose a producer they liked, songs they cared about, and a studio that was home-away-from-home. They seem to have had a really good time recording the new CD.
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