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"Bangling" Still Comes Easily To '80s Rock Faves

Of the Oakland Press

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Don’t look for Bangleonia on a map; it, not surprisingly, doesn’t exist.

But it is part of an advanced “Bangle lexicon” that’s been attached to the all-female rock group since it began recording in 1982 — and provided a title for its new concert DVD “Return to Bangleonia.”

“I’m sure all bands do this,” says singerguitarist Vicki Peterson, “but over the years we would describe ourselves and our ways of being with various verbs, adjectives and nouns. It’s all things Banglish.

“So Bangleonia was always the place we lived while we were Bangling — Bangling is a verb. It’s the headspace we live in when we’re in the midst of it all.”

The Bangles were actually in exile from Bangleonia between 1989-2000, after racking up a string of hits such as the Prince-written “Manic Monday,” “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

The group released “Doll Revolution,” its first album in 15 years, in 2003, and though the band considered recording either a children’s or a holiday album next, Peterson, 49, says the focus now is on a kind of “psychedelic folk record” that will show off the group’s harmonies.

“We’re in the early stages, so there’s no saying when it will come out,” she says. “But that was one of the things I insisted upon when we started talking about getting back together again, that we would be looking forward and not just looking back. I wasn’t interested in doing the ’80s reunion cavalcade of stars kind of tour. There’s still a lot of music left in us, I think.”

The Bangles and the Bridges perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday (August 29th) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $37.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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