They’re an all-girl band; that’s hot. They’re playing rock & roll and powerpop; that’s hotter. It simply stands to reason that The Bangles would become a worldwide success when they came to the limelight in the mid-1980s. And this song, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” helped to put them over the top.
Appearing on their sophomore album Different Light in 1985, “Walk Like an Egyptian” was The Bangles’ first No. 1 hit, enabling the album to go triple Platinum. With its fun theme, catchy beat and sing-song melody, it remains arguably the band’s most widely remembered song.
Interestingly enough, many people got the perception that guitarist Susanna Hoffs was the band’s lead singer, owing in part to the high number of singles that featured her vocals; this dynamic caused tension within the group and contributed to their breakup in 1989. In fact, as the video below shows, The Bangles actually divided their vocals almost equally across the board. Three different band members (Hoffs, Vicki Petersen and Michael Steele) contribute lead vocals on each of the song’s three verses.
The Bangles reunited in 1999, and are officially still in action, though Steele left the band in 2005, leaving the original trio of Hoffs and sisters Vicki and Debbi Petersen. Susanna Hoffs has also ventured numerous times into solo work.