the bangs and the bangles’ versions of “getting out of hand”

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WAY BACK IN 1984, way back when people ac­tu­ally be­lieved in “trickle-down eco­nomics,” I was living in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona, but I wasn’t get­ting out much. I had suc­cumbed to the ubiq­ui­tous peer pres­sure ques­tion of “Why do you live in the past when it comes to music?” and pur­chased a couple of al­bums by the Psy­che­delic Furs.

When the Furs came to play at the Mesa Am­phithe­atre, my wife and I sprang for tickets. This was a big deal for us as we tended not to like live rock music be­cause it had gotten so loud, while the au­di­ences were get­ting equally loud and the often rude and obnoxious.

This ar­ticle was orig­i­nally pub­lished in 2015 but has been abridged for re-publication in 2021.

It was a damn near per­fect Ari­zona evening and we got there early to find choice spots on the grassy in­cline looking down into the stage. We were al­most cer­tainly high and pos­sibly sharing a half a piece of acidized paper (those were the days).

So it was that an anony­mous group of girls with in­stru­ments found their way onto the stage. I choose those words care­fully: “girls” be­cause they looked young, dressed young—like girls rather than women. And I say “found” be­cause I swear they all looked and acted like they had just been jarred out of a long nap after a long, hard night.

We pre­pared for the worst.


Getting Out of Hand: the Bangles' first album ALL OVER THE PLACE.

The Ban­gles’ first album ALL OVER THE PLACE was only a few months old when we saw them. And what a great first album it was: great songs with in­fec­tious hooks, ringing gui­tars, sun­shine har­monies, a bouncing propul­sive rhythm sec­tion, and bound­less good vibrations!how could we not like any­thing that sounded and felt like the Six­ties?

Getting out of hand

I re­ally don’t re­member their opening number nor do I care what their set list was. But I re­member them doing the the Grass Roots’ Where Were You When I Needed You and a few other ’60s clas­sics (Yard­birds? Paul Re­vere & the Raiders?). We were pleas­antly sur­prised by the lead singer’s ringing voice, the rough but fine har­monies, and the band’s in­stru­mental chops.

Some­body told us that if we liked this then we would like the album. We bought the album and played it all over the place for months!

And the rest of the orig­inal ar­ticle wasn’t very good, so I just re­moved it. In­stead, I am fo­cusing on the group’s first record, the single Get­ting Out Of Hand / Call One Me.

•  It was orig­i­nally re­leased in 1981 on the itty-bitty Down Kiddie Records (DK001) when the group was a trio calling them­selves The Bangs. There were two press­ings of the record, one with blue la­bels and the other with yellow la­bels. Both records were is­sued with the same pic­ture sleeve.

•  The record was reis­sued in 1982 or ’83 when the group was a quartet calling them­sleves The Ban­gles. It was still Down Kiddie DK001 and again there were two press­ings of the record, one with green la­bels and the other with red la­bels. Both records were is­sued with the same pic­ture sleeve.


Bangles GettingOutOfHand 1 ps 500

Bangles Bangs GettingOutOfHand ps b 600

Bangles GettingOutOfHand 1 label blue 500

Bangles Bangs GettingOutOfHand 1 label yellow 600

First press­ings credit the Bangs and the pic­ture sleeve fea­tures the group as a trio. The record was pressed with blue la­bels and red la­bels; both records with the sleeve have a sug­gested NM value of $80-100.


Bangles GettingOutOfHand 2 ps 600

Bangles GettingOutOfHand ps b 600x

Bangles GettingOutOfHand 2 label green 600

Bangles GettingOutOfHand 2 label red 500

After the group’s ini­tial suc­cess, Downkiddie reis­sued the record with a new label and a new sleeve, this time iden­ti­fying the trio by the quar­tet’s name. The record was pressed with a green la­bela an a red label; both records with the sleeve have a sug­gested NM value of $30-40.

I thought they were the Bangs

For the re­crds above, I was un­able to de­ter­mine the order in which they were is­sued. Ap­par­ently nei­ther does anyone else on the in­ternet. Fi­nally, the title of this ar­ticle (“The Bangs and The Ban­gles’ Ver­sions Of Get­ting Out Of Hand”) is mis­leading as both ver­sions of both sides of all four records are the same recordings.

There are four press­ings of the record and the two of the pic­ture sleeve known to exist for the Ban­gles’ first record, ‘Get­ting Out Of Hand’ / ‘Call On Me.’ Click To Tweet

Bangles posed 1000

FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is the Ban­gles on the Champs El­y­sees tele­vi­sion show in France  in 1987. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty.) This brief piece was orig­i­nally written ear­lier this morning as a com­ment on an ar­ticle ti­tled “Ban­gling” at Nondis­pos­able John­ny’s The Round Place In The Middle blog.


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