Susanna Hoffs


Susanna Hoffs

Infobox Musical artist


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Name = Susanna Hoffs
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Susanna Lee Hoffs
Born = birth date and age|1959|01|17
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin = Los Angeles, California
Instrument = Voice
Guitar
Genre = Rock
Pop
Occupation =
Years_active = 1981-present
Associated_acts = The Bangles
Ming Tea
Label =
Notable instruments = Rickenbacker 325
Rickenbacker 350
URL = http://www.thebangles.com

Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is an American vocalist, guitarist and actress best known as a member of the all-female pop band The Bangles.

Biography

Early life

Hoffs was born on the Westside of Los Angeles, California to a Jewish family. [ [http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=16541 JewishJournal.com ] ] Her mother played records of The Beatles for Hoffs when she was a child and she began playing the guitar in her teens. She eventually joined with Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson, which would later become The Bangles. Hoffs attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. In 1980, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.

Career with The Bangles

The Bangles released their first album "All Over the Place" in 1984 and saw 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" and "Walk Like an Egyptian". Hoffs starred in the film "The Allnighter" in 1987. It was directed by her mother, Tamar Simon Hoffs, and also featured Joan Cusack and Pam Grier.

In 1986 Susanna Hoffs co-wrote the song "I Need a Disguise" for the first Belinda Carlisle Album "Belinda".

With her increasing fame, she 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), which she still plays during live shows. Although the Bangles did not have a set lead singer — each member sang lead on various songs - Hoffs was perceived by many casual fans to be the main vocalist and, thus, received the most media attention, which led to tensions within the band.

The Bangles released their third album, "Everything", in 1988, with their biggest selling single, "Eternal Flame", which was co-written and sung by Hoffs. The Bangles disbanded a year later in 1989. In the late 1990s, Hoffs contacted the other members of The Bangles with the hope of reuniting. They recorded the single "Get the Girl" for the second "" movie in 1999. Subsequently, they announced their decision to reunite full-time in 2000. Their fourth album, "Doll Revolution", was released in 2003.

olo career

Hoffs released a solo album, "When You're a Boy", in 1991, which was not a commercial success, although it did spawn a U.S. Top 40 hit with "My Side of the Bed". In 1996, Hoffs released her second solo album, "Susanna Hoffs". Although it received some praise in the media and yielded a minor U.S. hit with the single "All I Want", it also was not a commercial success.

Hoffs also recorded another album during 1993/1994, prior to leaving Columbia Records, but it went unreleased.

Hoffs is the subject of Freddy Blohm's "The Corner of Her Eye".

Hoffs appeared in the first "Austin Powers" movie as a member of the fictitious 1960s rock group Ming Tea, fronted by the title character. In real-life, Ming Tea consisted of actor Mike Myers, Hoffs, Canadian musician/producer Christopher Ward, and singer Matthew Sweet. This group made a number of television performances (with Myers in character as Powers) and had a minor hit with the song "BBC". Hoffs returned with the group in the second and third "Austin Powers" films.

Hoffs also recorded a cover of the Oingo Boingo song "We Close Our Eyes" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oingo_Boingo] for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack.

id 'n' Susie

In 2006, Hoffs teamed up with fellow Ming Tea rocker, Matthew Sweet, under the name "Sid 'n' Susie" to record fifteen cover versions of classic rock songs for an album titled "Under the Covers, Vol. 1". The album was released in April 2006. On July 18, they appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" to promote the album and tour.

Personal life

In 1993, she married Jay Roach, the director of the "Austin Powers" movies and "Meet the Parents" and producer of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". She and her husband have two sons, Jackson (born February 9, 1995) and Sam (born November 10, 1998).

Discography

Albums

References

External links

* [http://www.thebangles.com The Bangles] official website
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* [http://www.susannahoffs.co.uk/ Susanna Hoffs] British site


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