Ladies and Gentlemen... The Bangles!

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Ladies and Gentlemen... The Bangles!
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Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 27, 2014
GenrePop, garage rock, new wave
LabelDownKiddie! Records
ProducerThe Bangles, Craig Leon (tracks 4-8)
The Bangles chronology
Sweetheart of the Sun
Ladies and Gentlemen... The Bangles!

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Bangles! is a compilation album released by The Bangles on Thanksgiving day, 2014.

The compilation, released independently on the band's own DownKiddie! label, was initially released on digital format and compiles all of the band's early material before they were signed to major label Columbia Records in 1984. It was eventually released on CD and vinyl in 2016 by Omnivore Recordings. The remastered material included spans the years 1981 to 1984. The compilation includes the band's debut independent single "Getting out of Hand", from 1981, as well as the 5 songs from the group's debut self-titled EP released in 1982, both of which are considered rarities and have been long out of print.

Also included are tracks the group released in 1982 for compilation albums, including the instrumental "Bitchen Summer/Speedway" (first released on the compilation Rodney On The ROQ Vol. III), "No Mag Commercial" and the theme song for a Dallas, TX radio program, "Rock And Roll Alternative", hosted by George Gimarc on KZEW ("The Zoo").

The group also included four unreleased demos done in 1981, including covers of The Turtles' "Outside Chance" and Paul Revere & The Raiders' "Steppin' Out". To close the release, the band included two unreleased live songs done in 1984, the only songs on which bassist Michael Steele plays, a cover of Love's "7 and 7 Is", and "Tell Me", included on their debut album All Over The Place.

The title of the compilation is taken from the spoken intro of the instrumental "Bitchen Summer/Speedway".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bitchen Summer/Speedway" (1982) (Susanna Hoffs/David Roback)
  2. "Getting Out of Hand" (1981) (Vicki Peterson)
  3. "Call on Me" (1981) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson/ D. Roback)
  4. "The Real World" (1982) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
  5. I'm in Line (1982) (Debbi Peterson/V. Peterson/S. Hoffs)
  6. "Want You" (1982) (V. Peterson)
  7. "Mary Street" (1982) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
  8. "How is the Air Up There?" (1982) (S. Duboff/A. Kornfeld)
  9. "Outside Chance" (unreleased demo, 1981) (Glenn Crocker/Warren Zevon)
  10. "Steppin’ Out" (unreleased demo, 1981) (Mark Lindsay/Paul Revere)
  11. "The Real World" (unreleased demo, 1981) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
  12. "Call on Me" (unreleased demo, 1981) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson/D. Roback)
  13. "Tell Me" (live performance at Dingwalls, London, 1984) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
  14. "7 & 7 Is" (live performance at The Palace, Hollywood, 1984) (Arthur Lee)
  15. "No Mag Commercial" (1982) (S. Hoffs/V. Peterson)
  16. "The Rock & Roll Alternative Program theme song" (1982) (D. Peterson/V. Peterson/S. Hoffs)