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Episode 17: Vicki Peterson

Vicki Peterson -- Photo by Rebecca Wilson StudiosDefying expectations comes naturally to songwriter and guitarist Vicki Peterson.  You’ve probably heard of her all-female, pop vocal group, Bangles, through their Top 5 hits and heavy MTV video rotation during the 80s.  But you might not realize that the vast majority of their recorded output was written and co-written by the band members themselves.

In our interview, Vicki shares how she and her Bangles band mates were hands-on, not only in recording, arranging, producing and performing, but also in plotting the band's course and crafting its image.  We chat about her collaborations with Susan Cowsill, her Americana excursion with Continental Drifters, how The Norton Anthology provided inspiration for song, her trusty copy of a book by lyricist Sammy Cahn, her annual gig mentoring young songwriters at the California State Polytechnic University at Pamona, and much more.

Photo by Rebecca Wilson Studios

 

Bonus Talk: A Hazy Shade of Winter (5 mins.)

Bonus Talk: Emitt Rhodes  (2 mins.)

Bonus Talk: Jules Shear  (1 min.)

Bonus Talk: Amy Rigby  (1 min.)

 

  Album Title Artist Producer Songs Featured (Songwriters)
Getting Out
of Hand

(Single)

(1981)

Bangles

(Formerly
The Bangs)
Bangles Getting Out of Hand (Vicki Peterson)
Bangles
EP

(1982)

Bangles Craig
Leon
Want You (Vicki Peterson)

Mary Street (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

All Over
the Place

(1984)

Bangles David
Kahne
Hero Takes a Fall (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

James (Vicki Peterson)

Dover Beach (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

All About You (Vicki Perterson)

More Than Meets the Eye (Vicki Peterson)

Different
Light

(1986)

Bangles David
Kahne
In a Different Light (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

Return Post (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

Angels Don't Fall in Love (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

Everything

(1988)

Bangles Davitt Sigerson 

Make a Play for Her Now (Vicki Peterson, Vinnie Vincent)

Watching the Sky (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)

Crash and Burn (Vicki Peterson, Rachel Sweet)

Doll
Revolution

(2003)

Bangles Bangles,
with co-producer
Brad Wood
Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution (Elvis Costello)

Stealing Rosemary (Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson)

The Rain Song (Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson)

Single By Choice (Vicki Peterson)

Mixed Messages (Vicki Peterson)

Sweetheart
of the
Sun

(2011)

Bangles Bangles, Matthew
Sweet,
with addl. production by
Evan Peters, Josh Binder
Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun) (Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson)

Lay Yourself Down (Vicki Peterson)

Ladies and Gentlemen...
the Bangles!

(2014)

Bangles Bangles The Real World (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson)
Originally released on the first Bangles EP.

The Real World (Demo)

The Goonies

(1985)

Various
Artists
David
Kahne
I Got Nothing (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, Jules Shear)
A Hazy Shade of Winter
(Single)

(1987)

Bangles Rick
Rubin
A Hazy Shade of Winter (Paul Simon)
The Bangles version, from the soundtrack for the movie, "Less Than Zero."
More Music From the Motion Picture Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me

(1999)

Various
Artists
The
Bangles
Get the Girl (Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson)  (YouTube Video)
Up On the Chair, Beatrice

(2012)

Vicki Peterson
and
Susan Cowsill

Vicki Peterson,
Susan
Cowsill

Never Never Boys (Bob Cowsill, Vicki Peterson)

Gone Fishin' (Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson)

Fun to Lie (Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson)

Wish You (Vicki Peterson)

Vermillion

(1999)

Continental
Drifters
Continental
Drifters,
Mike
Mayeux
Way of the World (Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson)

Anything (Peter Holsapple, Vicki Peterson)

Better Day

(2001)

Continental
Drifters
Continental
Drifters
Na Na (Vicki Peterson)

That Much a Fool (Vicki Peterson)

Drifted:
In the Beginning and Beyond

(2015)

Continental
Drifters
Continental
Drifters

Who We Are, Where We Live (Early Version) (Vicki Peterson)

Angels
Hear

(2017)

Action
Skulls
Action
Skulls
Mainstream (Billy Mumy, John Cowsill, Vicki Peterson)

Map of the World (Vicki Peterson)

Meet
John
Doe
John
Doe
Davitt Sigerson.

Exec Producer
Gary Gersh
With Someone Like You
Backing vocal by Vicki Peterson

(Title / Artist / Album)

OPENING MEDLEY
Return Post / Bangles / Different Light
James / Bangles /
All Over the Place
Make a Play for Her Now / Bangles / Everything
Mixed Messages / Bangles / Doll Revolution

Getting Out of Hand / Bangles / Bangles EP
Mary Street
/ Bangles / Bangles EP

Hero Takes a Fall / Bangles / All Over the Place
Dover Beach
/ Bangles / All Over the Place
More Than Meets the Eye
/ Bangles / All Over the Place

In a Different Light / Bangles / Different Light

If She Knew What She Wants / Jules Shear / The Eternal Return

Complicated Girl / Bangles / Everything
Crash and Burn / Bangles / Everything

Na Na / Continental Drifters / Better Day

Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution) / Bangles / Doll Revolution

Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun) / Bangles / Sweetheart of the Sun
 

 

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