Special thanks to Vicki Peterson for calling in to the show! If you missed our conversation, listen here. And if you are local here in SoCal, visit www.thebangles.com for their up-coming show schedule!
Vicki Peterson has been writing songs and banging on a guitar since the fourth grade, annoying her school friends with her compositions. She and her sister Debbi met Susanna Hoffs in 1981, and the three formed the iconic 80’s pop group The Bangles.
In the early 90’s, Vicki began writing with her good friend Susan Cowsill, performing as the Psycho Sisters (years later they became actual sisters, when Vicki married Susan’s brother John). After a move to New Orleans, the Psychos found themselves absorbed into the enclave of the Continental Drifters, a critically acclaimed songwriters’ collective, which included old friends Peter Holsapple (dB’s) and Mark Walton (The Dream Syndicate).
Two new albums from the Bangles have emerged in the 21st century: 2003's Doll Revolution and Sweetheart of the Sun, released to glowing reviews in 2011. The summer of 2014 saw the long-awaited release of Up On the Chair, Beatrice, the almost mythical, first full-length recording from the Psychos. Vicki has been touring in recent months with both her bands, and will probably start another one if no one puts a stop to this sort of thing.