The saga of the Bangs begins back in 1980, when an add in the LA newspaper "The Recycler", lead Susanna Hoffs to the garage rocking Peterson sisters. It was December 9, 1980, just a day after the assasination of John Lennon, and Hoffs and the Peterson sisters had a lengthy discussion about the tragedy. They soon discovered that they had similar musical influences, from The Beatles to the Grass Roots to Mama's and the Papa's and more. One thing lead to another, and the trio decided to form a band. Debbi Peterson played drums, sister Vicki bass, and Susanna Hoffs handled the guitars. They all sang. Soon, they were gathering at each others houses with their instruments, favorite tapes, and writing utensils, writing and recording songs.
They thought of a dozen names with which to call themselves. First they were "The Colours", then the "Supersonic Bangs", before they finally decided on the name, "Bangs." The Bangs played melodic guitar- pop. Soon, the patrons of the clubs were packing the chairs to see them.
A self recorded
and produced 7" single, "Getting Out Of Hand" garnered the band some attention
and even some radio airplay. (The single was released on their own label, Downkiddie
Records.) It also landed the band in hot water when another group from New Jersey,
also called The Bangs, threatened to sue over the use of the name. The band
then changed its name to "The Bangles". By 1982, The Bangs were well known in
the Los Angeles club scene. Talent scouts for IRS President Miles Copeland,
who was instrumental in the breakthrough success of the Go-Go's, were out looking
for new talent, and found it in the Bangles.........