Why is The Bangles’ Different Light on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
I mean, just ask any police officer who happens to be at a local fried carbohydrate treat market.
Some stats & info about The Bangles – Different Light
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Pop, Pop Music, Jangle Pop, College Rock, Rock, Rock Music, SoCal Bands
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 3 out of 5 stars
- When was Different Light released? 1986
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #782 out of 1,000
The Bangles’ Different Light on Spotify
What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?
Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.
But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.
What does The Bangles’ Different Light mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
While it’s a little goofy, I’ve always found “Walk Like an Egyptian” to be fun, catchy, and representative of a go go 1980s aesthetic that isn’t overly concerned with depth and stuff.
It’s interesting to compare “Walk Like an Egyptian” with the other smash hit on Different Light, “Manic Monday.” The latter holds up extremely well, and a close listen reveals really lovely layered in background vocals. It’s as catchy as “Walk Like an Egyptian,” but shows off a slightly different side of the band. And who can’t relate to wanting to rewind Monday and get back to one’s fun day?
“In A Different Light” is a great jangle pop number with another excellent hook that again leverages the vocals of Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, and Debbi Peterson.
Pop culture stuff that’s somehow related to The Bangles’ Different Light
My favorite Bangles song of all – and one of my most favorite songs from the 1980s – is “Hazy Shade of Winter.” It’s a hard driving, hard rock song that’s leavened by absolutely gorgeous vocals and sweetened by an all-timer hook. And that organ!
The song was released on the Less Than Zero soundtrack. The 1987 movie with which the soundtrack is associated is really good, kind of underrated, and quite dark. It stars a bunch of ascendant stars, including Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey, Jr., and James Spader and is as good a morality tale as any with regard to, “Don’t get started on the hard drugs, kids, it ain’t gonna end well.”