Susanna Hoffs
American musician
Susanna Hoffs
Susanna Lee Hoffs is an American vocalist, guitarist and actress. She is best known as a member of the all-female pop band the Bangles.
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Susanna Hoffs's personal information overview.
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan. 17: Actress Betty White is 94. Actor James Earl Jones is 85. Talk-show host Maury Povich is 77. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 71. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 68. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The Emotions is 63. Singer Steve Earle is 61. Singer Paul Young is 60. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 59. Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 57. Actor Jim Carrey is 54. Actor Denis O'Hare ("American Horror Story") is 54. Actor Joshua Malina is 50. Singer Shabba Ranks is 50. Actor Naveen Andrews ("Lost") is 47. Musician Kid Rock is 45. Actor Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") is 41. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel is 36. Singer Ray J is 35. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 34. DJ Calvin Harris is 32. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 30. Actor Jonathan Keltz ("Reign," ''Entourage") is 28. Actress Kathrine Herzer ("Madame Secretary") is 19.
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A Romp Through '80s Rock and Pop
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
In 'Under the Covers, Vol. 3,' Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet bring their considerable talent and enthusiasm to their versions of '80s tunes.
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'80s Revival Revived By Bangles' Susanna Hoffs And Matthew Sweet On 'Under The Covers' (INTERVIEW)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The '80s. For those who lived through that, like, totally awesome decade, a mere mention is likely to conjure up memories of big hair, MTV, Live Aid and terrible, terrible fashion. And though many tend to deride the decade, power-pop singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet and beloved Bangles member Susanna Hoffs are here to remind us that the '80s weren’t quite as bad as they are made out to be by some. “The '60s and '70s were essentially the golden age of music and so musicians in the '80s were in an unenviable position of trying to follow up two whole decades of amazing music having been made,” Hoffs begins. “I feel the decade definitely gets a bad rap. What I think is cool about the '80s is that a lot of music from the time was re-energized from the punk scene of the late '70s.” “A lot of the people I meet now, especially for those in their 30s or 40s, the decade of the '80s is a favourite decade of theirs. People’s opinion is definitely changing for the better.” The duo has just ...
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Stephen D. Winick: Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Clipper Ship Three Brothers, 2972 tons: The Largest Sailing Ship in the World. This hand-colored lithograph was published by Currier & Ives in 1875, and is therefore in the public domain. In the folk world, "Sea Music" or "Maritime Music" refers to the work songs and leisure music of people who make their living from the sea: sailors, fisher-folk and watermen of all kinds. There's a thriving scene for historical and contemporary sea music, with festivals all over Europe and North America. Here in the U.S., the premiere festival is at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and last month my band Ocean Celtic was lucky enough to play there and meet many of the great sea music performers from all over the world. I'll introduce you to some of this music through some prominent recordings. I'll start out with Geoff Kaufman's Sea Song Sampler. Kaufman is on the staff of Mystic Seaport, and the festival's main organizer. He's also one of the most acclaimed performers of sea music in ...
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Susanna Hoffs: A Bangle Finds Balance
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Susanna Hoffs: A Bangle Finds Balance Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 6:23 pm, Sunday, February 24, 2013 "There is something about that music," says Hoffs, 54, reflecting on what is essentially the soundtrack to her adolescence, from the Beatles' deceptively simple early hits to more ornate productions by the likes of the Left Banke, the Buckinghams, and Love. The songs as they emerged in the early stages of their collaboration, which were still quite rough and tentative versions, soon found an ally in producer Mitchell Froom, whose credentials include albums by Crowded House and Elvis Costello as well as the Bangles' 1986 LP, Different Light. The album has garnered considerable critical and popular praise, a fate that largely eluded Hoffs' previous two solo records, especially her 1991 solo debut ...
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Tonight in Music: Susanna Hoffs, Sons of Huns, Memory Boys and SO SO SO SO Much More!!!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
SUSANNA HOFFS, MICHELE VAN KLEEF (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In the Bangles, Susanna Hoffs' honeyed voice soundtracked some youthful moments. The singer/songwriter is still making lovely chamber-pop sounds with the reunited crew and on her new solo album, Someday. Wear an armload of bangles so you can jangle dance to her sunny folk songs. COURTNEY FERGUSON Read our article on Susanna Hoffs. SONS OF HUNS, THE AX, SHUT YOUR ANIMAL MOUTH (Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) Powerwash your ears with metal! Portland trio Sons of Huns are going to make the rafters rattle with their thick prehistoric rock. Their sound is so big, the castle exterior of Club 21 might buckle like Fred Flintstone's car under the weight of a mighty Bronto Burger. CF Send it across to me by memory boys VOICE TRAFFIC, MEMORY BOYS, GLASS TEETH (Red & Black CafÉ;, 400 SE 12th) Memory Boys seem to span the Northwest—their members claim origin in Portland, Olympia, and Whidbey Island—and their music ...
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Polk Street, S.F.
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Polk Street, S.F. Nearby, a cook cuts slices from a rotisserie of beef and lamb, and shoppers pick through bins of fresh produce or search for bargains at a thrift store. Against a backdrop of photographs and a mural of the windmills and bleached white homes of the Greek island, diners munch on spanakopita, moussaka, souvlaki, falafels, oven-roasted lamb shank and house-made baklava. The fresh produce in this market includes packages of blueberries, strawberries and other berries; rows of Granny Smith and other varieties of apples, mangos, bunches of bananas and other fruit. The menu also offers battered and fried clams, crab, oyster, prawns, mushrooms, zucchini and onion rings. Find fashions for women and men here, with donations and purchases benefiting the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization providing medical care and advocacy for people living with HIV and AIDS throughout the world. With its bar, ornate embellishments and rows of tables edging the ...
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My, What a Busy Week!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Oh, the places you'll go! WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 CATCH IT—We recommend monthly storytelling night Back Fence PDX maybe too often, but it's so damn good every time! Tonight a past Fear Factor contestant, an Old Spaghetti Factory connoisseur, and the Mercury's own editor tell never-before-heard stories on the theme of "Catch Me if You Can." Plus: free cupcakes! SM Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7:30 pm, $12-15 PINK 'N' PORN—It's a campy classic porn double-feature in 35mm starring the 1966 Japanese new-wave-influenced The Love Robots, in which a scientist invents sexy (and sex-having) love dolls designed to kill wealthy businessmen! Immediately followed by 1979's Ms. Magnificent about a supersexy (and sex-having) superheroine, who flies around having sex-having super sex! WSH Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, The Love Robots at 7 pm, Ms. Magnificent at 8:30 pm, $1.99 for both THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 BOOT SCOOTIN'—Hear some classic c ...
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Premiere: Susanna Hoffs Stays Hopeful in 'Picture Me'
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Susanna Hoffs' latest album Someday was her first solo release in more than 15 years but the Bangles co-founder stays eternally young in the new video for "Picture Me" With an air of whimsy she jams on guitar by the poolside and laces the track with saccharine sweet vocals and delicate chord flicks...
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Zach Galifiankis, 'The Campaign' Star, On Why He Liked It Better When He Was An Underground Comic
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
"I have a love-hate relationship with the entertainment business." This statement from Zach Galifianakis didn't particularly surprise me when I met with him at a Soho hotel room to discuss his new comedy, "The Campaign." With "The Hangover" in particular, I have always got the sense that he's never been 100 percent comfortable with his current status in Hollywood. Galifiankis is hard to read when you first meet him: Pleasant, certainly, but also a little guarded in his own comedic way. As our brief allotted time went on, it felt like he was, while not fully letting his guard down, coming to the conclusion that I didn't have any particular sinister angle. "I was happiest when I was an underground comedian," he said. This statement didn't surprise me either. In "The Campaign," Galifianakis plays Marty Huggins, the surprisingly sympathetic Republican candidate who challenges Will Ferrell's bumbling Democratic candidate for a seat in Congress. Here, Galifianakis explains why nobody c ...
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Song Premiere: Susanna Hoffs, 'Raining'
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Click to listen to Susanna Hoffs' 'Raining' Susanna Hoffs' new single has all the elements of a feel-good ballad the simple comforting strums of an acoustic guitar the steady beat of a tambourine and a delicate sweet lament in the melody that ties it all together Sure enough the song stems...
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Susanna Hoffs To Release New Solo Album ‘Someday’ On July 17th!
Icon vs. Icon - almost 5 years
SUSANNA HOFFS–singer/songwriter/musician and founding member of the Bangles–returns with a new solo album, SOMEDAY, on July 17. Produced and orchestrated by the revered Mitchell Froom, it’s an intensely personal song cycle that doubles as a musical love letter to the music of the 1960s, which “has always been my reference point for everything,” says SUSANNA. The self-released work will be distributed by Welk [...]
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Elysabeth Alfano: Hollywood Director, Andrew Davis and the Re-release of His Chicago Music Movie Classic, Stony Island
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Earlier this month, Hollywood director, Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Chain Reaction, Holes, The Guardian), was in Chicago for the screenings of the re-release of his 1978 Chicago music movie classic, Stony Island, which is available for the first time on DVD April 24. Stony Island is the story of a young white kid, Richie Bloom, played by Chicago Catz founding member, Richie Davis, from the all-black Chicago neighborhood of Stony Island who puts together a band for their one chance of making it. There is much to love here from a movie standpoint: made on a shoestring budget with incredible budding and established acting and music talents at the time, it is a heartfelt story that is both funny and charming with a certain bold innocence that one rarely sees on the big screen today. However, it is the original, soulful, R&B with a bit of Jazz soundtrack to this movie that is also particularly of interest. Sax player Gene Barge, New Orleans musician Ronnie Barron, Susa ...
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Susanna Hoffs Riffs on New Bangles Album, Eighties Nostalgia
Rolling Stone - over 5 years
From the Byrds-inspired title to the cover art patterned after their childhood clothes the Bangles wear their Sixties hearts on their sleeves with their new album Sweetheart of the Sun Yet the "Walk Like an Egyptian" rockers haven't abandoned the Eighties entirely; their first studio album in eight years also...
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The Bangles Talk 'Sweetheart of the Sun,' Prince and 'Walk Like an Egyptian ... - Zoiks! Online
Google News - over 5 years
And we all wrote the lyrics at Susanna's (Hoffs) house; it was very much a Bangle effort. I like the way that one came together. I love “Let it Go” from the '80s because that was four of us writing together and that one was the one and only time that
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Twilight Dance Series wraps on good note - The Corsair
Google News - over 5 years
“I've always been in love with Susanna Hoffs, and we got to go backstage, I got to meet her. So yeah, that was probably the best night.” Whatever your plans for the summer of 2012, set aside a Thursday night for the Twilight Dance Series
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Music Review: The Bangles - Sweetheart of the Sun - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The personnel has remained three-fourths the same as when they began: Susanna Hoffs (guitar) and sisters Vicki (guitar) and Debbie Peterson (drums); former bassist Michael Steele is the only original member to no longer perform with the group
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susanna Hoffs
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 54
    In 2013, Hoffs collaborated with Sweet and Tim Robbins for a cover of the traditional "Marianne" for the Sea shanty-compilation Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys.
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  • 2012
    Age 53
    Hoffs self-released her third solo album of new material (the first since her 1996's self-titled album) called Someday via Vanguard Records on July 17, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The set was produced by Mitchell Froom and is influenced by the music of the 1960s. American Songwriter gave Someday a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and described it as "easily and undeniably Hoffs’ most definitive musical statement to date." Hoffs is mentioned in "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles" by The Saw Doctors. Robbie Fulks wrote about her in "That Bangle Girl," which appears on his album The Very Best of Robbie Fulks. Hoffs donated her vocal talent to the end credits song from the film, A Dog Named Gucci, in the song One Voice, which also features the talents of Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Brian May and Kathryn Calder. It was produced by Dean Falcone, who also wrote the film's score. One Voice was released on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016, with profits from the sale of the single going to benefit animal charities.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    In December 2011, Hoffs provided an original song for use in promoting Visit South Walton, the tourism promotion agency for Walton County, Florida (formerly identified as the Beaches of South Walton).
    More Details Hide Details The song, "This is the Place", will be used in advertising and marketing the popular coastal area that comprises fifteen beach communities.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 50
    In February 2009, Hoffs appeared on stage at the Key Club in Los Angeles, singing with thenewno2, the "post-Bristol" psychedelic blues band led by Dhani Harrison.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 36
    She is also responsible for the song "Now and Then", from the 1995 film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Hoffs also contributed a song to the film Red Roses and Petrol (written and directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs) titled "The Water is Wide." The song can be heard in the closing credits and is available on the film's soundtrack.
  • 1993
    Age 34
    In 1993, Hoffs married Jay Roach, the director of the Austin Powers movies and Meet the Parents, and producer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    More Details Hide Details She has two sons. Roach converted to Judaism upon marrying Hoffs. She is a vegetarian. Hoffs is friends with Adam Nimoy, which led to Leonard's appearance in the music video for the Bangles' 1984 hit "Going Down to Liverpool".
    Hoffs recorded another album in 1993-94, prior to leaving Columbia Records, but it went unreleased.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996, Hoffs released her second solo album, Susanna Hoffs. Although it received much praise in the media and yielded a minor US hit and a UK hit at #33 for 2 weeks with a cover of the Lightning Seeds single "All I Want", it still was not a big commercial success. Hoffs recorded a cover of "The Look of Love" for the soundtrack of the first Austin Powers movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and a cover of the song "Alfie" for the soundtrack of the third Austin Powers in Goldmember. She recorded a cover of the Oingo Boingo song "We Close Our Eyes" for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack.
  • 1991
    Age 32
    Hoffs released a solo album, When You're a Boy, in 1991, which spawned a U.S Top 40 hit with "My Side of the Bed."
    More Details Hide Details In the UK the single landed at #44, for only 4 weeks on chart, and the album also landed decently in Europe.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    The Bangles disbanded in 1990 but in the late 1990s, Hoffs contacted the other members of The Bangles with the hope of reuniting.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded the single "Get the Girl" for the second Austin Powers movie in 1999. Subsequently, they announced their decision to reunite full-time in 2000. Their fourth album, Doll Revolution, was released in 2003.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    The Bangles released their third album Everything in 1988, with their biggest-selling single "Eternal Flame", which was co-written and sung by Hoffs.
    More Details Hide Details In the BBC programme "I'm in a Girl Group" Hoffs revealed she actually sang the studio recording of the song completely naked due to the producer Davitt Sigerson pranking her by telling her Olivia Newton John had done the same thing. He later told Hoffs he had been lying the whole time."
  • 1987
    Age 28
    In 1987, Hoffs starred in the film The Allnighter, which was directed by her mother Tamar Simon Hoffs, and also featured Joan Cusack and Pam Grier.
    More Details Hide Details The film was critically panned, and failed at the box office. Hoffs later said: "It wasn't a great movie but the whole experience of it was great."
  • 1986
    Age 27
    In 1986, Hoffs co-wrote "I Need a Disguise" for the album Belinda for Belinda Carlisle, from the all-girl group The Go-Go's.
    More Details Hide Details With increasing fame, Hoffs also appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, and the Rickenbacker guitar company issued a Susanna Hoffs model of the 350, which she customized herself.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    In 1980, Hoffs graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in art.
    More Details Hide Details When she entered Berkeley she was a fan of classic rock bands that played in large stadiums. While a student at Berkeley, she attended the final Sex Pistols show at Winterland Ballroom and a Patti Smith concert. Exposure to punk rock changed her career goal from a dancer to musician in a band. She eventually joined Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson in what would later become the pop music group The Bangles. The Bangles' first recorded release was a self-titled EP in 1982 on the Faulty Products Label. The Bangles released their first full album All Over the Place in 1984 on Columbia Records. They had a moderate hit with the single "Hero Takes a Fall", but their commercial breakthrough came with the album Different Light in 1986, which produced the hit singles "Manic Monday", "If She Knew What She Wants", and "Walk Like an Egyptian".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 19
    While in college she worked as a production assistant and made her acting debut in the 1978 film Stony Island.
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  • 1976
    Age 17
    Hoffs attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, graduating in 1976.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born on January 17, 1959.
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