Bangles – "Hazy Shade of Winter" (Less Than Zero Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Def Jam 1987)

Not only is this the hardest-rocking item in the Bangles’ catalog, it’s also easily their best single. It made it to #2 on the Hot 100, as did “Manic Monday” (which got stopped by its songwriter, Prince, and his “Kiss”). Compare that pair to their two #1s – the dated-upon-recording “Walk Like An Egyptian” and the fairly execrable “Eternal Flame” – and weep a little. But as for “Hazy Shade”: those harmonies! Those hot licks!* (The Bangles were, frankly, underrated as musicians.) And the fact that they took a Simon & Garfunkel song from the land of pussydom and made it rawk, putting their stamp on it and making it entirely their own (a la Aretha’s “Respect”).

*Soto informs me the lead is actually played by George Drakoulias, who went on to produce the Black Crowes, among others.

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One Response to Bangles – "Hazy Shade of Winter" (Less Than Zero Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Def Jam 1987)

  1. paul says:

    “Hazy Shade” is great, but I’ll rep for their cover of Katrina & The Waves’ “Going Down to Liverpool” as the best moment until the day I die.

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