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Susanna Hoffs, 2008
|Birth name||Susanna Lee Hoffs|
January 17, 1959 |
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Occupations||Vocalist, guitarist, actress|
|Associated acts||The Bangles, Ming Tea, Matthew Sweet|
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Hoffs was born on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family. She is the daughter of Tamar Ruth (Simon) and Joshua Allen Hoffs, a psychoanalyst. Her mother played Beatles music for Hoffs when she was a child, and she began playing the guitar in her teens. Hoffs attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, graduating in 1976. While in college she worked as a production assistant and made her acting debut in the 1978 film Stony Island. In 1980, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor degree in Art. When she entered Berkeley she was a fan of classic rock bands that played in large stadiums. While a student at Berkeley, she attended the final Sex Pistols show at Winterland and a Patti Smith concert. Exposure to punk rock changed her career goal from dancer to musician in a band. She eventually joined Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson in what would later become the pop music group The Bangles.
Career with The Bangles
The Bangles' first recorded release was a self-titled EP in 1982 on the Faulty Products Label. The Bangles released their first full album All Over the Place in 1984 on Columbia Records. They had a moderate hit with the single "Hero Takes a Fall", but their commercial breakthrough came with the album Different Light in 1986, which produced the hit singles "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian".
With increasing fame, Hoffs also appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, and the Rickenbacker guitar company issued a Susanna Hoffs model of the 350, which she customized herself.
In 1987, Hoffs starred in the film The Allnighter, which was directed by her mother Tamar Simon Hoffs, and also featured Joan Cusack and Pam Grier. The film was critically panned, and failed at the box office. Hoffs later said ' “It wasn’t a great movie but the whole experience of it was great.'
In the late 1990s, Hoffs contacted the other members of The Bangles with the hope of reuniting. They recorded the single "Get the Girl" for the second Austin Powers movie in 1999. Subsequently, they announced their decision to reunite full-time in 2000. Their fourth album, Doll Revolution, was released in 2003.
Hoffs released a solo album, When You're a Boy, in 1991, which spawned a U.S Top 40 hit with "My Side of the Bed." In the UK the single landed at #44, for only 4 weeks on chart, and the album also landed decently in Europe. Hoffs recorded another album during 1993/1994, prior to leaving Columbia Records, but it went unreleased. In 1996, Hoffs released her second solo album, Susanna Hoffs. Although it received much praise in the media and yielded a minor US hit and a UK hit at #33 for 2 weeks with a cover of the Lightning Seeds single "All I Want", it still was not a big commercial success.
Hoffs appeared in the first Austin Powers movie as a member of the fictitious 1960s rock group Ming Tea, fronted by the title character. In real life, Ming Tea consisted of actor Mike Myers, Hoffs, Canadian musician/producer Christopher Ward, and singer Matthew Sweet. This group made a number of television performances (with Myers in character as Powers) and had a minor hit with the song "BBC". Hoffs returned with the group in the second and third Austin Powers films. Hoffs also did a cover of "The Look of Love" for the soundtrack of the first Austin Powers movie and a cover of the song "Alfie" for the soundtrack of the third film.
Hoffs recorded a cover of the Oingo Boingo song "We Close Our Eyes" for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack. She is also responsible for the song "Now and Then", from the 1995 film of the same name.
Hoffs also contributed a song to the film Red Roses and Petrol (written and directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs) titled "The Water is Wide." The song can be heard in the closing credits and is available on the film's soundtrack.
In February 2009, Hoffs appeared on stage at the Key Club in Los Angeles, singing with thenewno2, the "post-Bristol" psychedelic blues band led by Dhani Harrison.
In December 2011, Hoffs provided an original song for use in promoting Visit South Walton, the tourism promotion agency for Walton County, Florida (formerly identified as the Beaches of South Walton). The song, "This Is The Place", will be used in advertising and marketing the popular coastal area that comprises fifteen beach communities.
Hoffs self-released her third solo album of new material (the first since her 1996's self-titled album) called Someday via Vanguard Records on July 17, 2012. The set was produced by Mitchell Froom and is influenced by the music of the 1960s. American Songwriter gave Someday a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and described it as "easily and undeniably Hoffs’ most definitive musical statement to date."
Sid n Susie
In 2006, Hoffs teamed up with fellow Ming Tea rocker Matthew Sweet; under the name "Sid n Susie," they recorded fifteen cover versions of classic rock songs from the 1960s and 1970s for an album titled Under the Covers, Vol. 1. The album was released in April 2006. On July 18, they appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien to promote the album and tour. The duo released another album Under the Covers, Vol. 2 on July 21, 2009, which included covers of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart and others.
In 1993, Hoffs married Jay Roach, the director of the Austin Powers movies and Meet the Parents, and producer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. She has two sons. Roach converted to Judaism when marrying Hoffs.
|1991||When You're a Boy||83|
|With The Bangles|
|1984||All Over the Place||80|
|2011||Sweetheart of the Sun||148|
|2006||Under the Covers, Vol. 1||192||with Matthew Sweet|
|2009||Under the Covers, Vol. 2||106||with Matthew Sweet|
|2012||Under the Covers, Vol. 3||with Matthew Sweet|
|1991||"My Side of the Bed"||30||44|
|1996||"All I Want"||77||32|
|With The Bangles
Only charting singles are listed
|1985||"Hero Takes A Fall"||-||96|
|"Going Down To Liverpool"||-||79|
|"If She Knew What She Wants"||29||31|
|"Going Down To Liverpool"||-||56||UK only re-release|
|"Walk Like an Egyptian"||1||3|
|1987||"Walking Down Your Street"||11||16|
|"Hazy Shade Of Winter"||2||11||From the Less Than Zero Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1988||"In Your Room"||5||35|
|"Be With You"||30||23|
|"I'll Set You Free"||-||74||UK only release|
|1990||"Walk Like an Egyptian (Remix)"||-||73|
|2003||"Something That You Said"||-||38|
|"I Will Take Care Of You"||-||84|
|With Ming Tea|
|1997||"BBC"||-||-||From Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Soundtrack|
|2002||"Daddy Wasn't There"||-||-||From Austin Powers in Goldmember Soundtrack|
|All chart data refers to the Billboard Hot 100 unless noted otherwise|
DVDs and films
|1990||The Bangles — Greatest Hits: Videos (VHS)|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember|
|2003||Doll Revolution Bonus DVD|
|2003||Red Roses and Petrol – soundtrack only|
|2005||The Bangles — Greatest Hits: Videos (DVD)|
- Tom Teicholz (2006). "Susanna Hoffs walks like a -- rockstar no, a mom -- rockstar/mom". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
- "Stony Island Movie". Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- Mike Ragogna (September 26, 2011). "Sweetheart Of The Sun & Modern Art: Chatting With The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
- "Susanna Hoffs « Vanguard Records Publicity". Publicity.vanguardrecords.com. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- "No more manic Mondays". The Sun-Herald. September 5, 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
- "Vegetarian Celebrities".
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 254. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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