Born in Los Angeles, Susanna Hoffs grew up in the company of writers, thinkers, painters, and filmmakers with an ever-present soundtrack provided by the Beatles and other artists of the 1960s.
The Bay Area music scene was in full bloom during her college years, and Susanna was stirred by the punk rock and new wave movements, and was transformed by seeing the last-ever Sex Pistols show and the Patti Smith Group. Inspired to combine her loves for music, theatre, and art by starting a band, Hoffs placed an ad in local rag 'The Recycler' which led her to sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson, and it was love at first rehearsal...
With their unique blend of '60s garage rock, lush harmonies, and jangly guitars, the Bangles became a seminal band of the '80s. Platinum-selling albums and a string of hit songs cemented their place in music history.
In recent years the Bangles have continued to tour and release records including 2003's DOLL REVOLUTION, 2011's SWEETHEART OF THE SUN, 2014's LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BANGLES!, and the 2018 Paisley Underground co-pro compilation 3X4.
As a solo artist, Susanna released two solo albums in the 1990's, WHEN YOU'RE A BOY in 1991 (produced by David Kahne), and as her eponymous 1996 release (produced by Jack Joseph Puig), and more recently she released 2012's SOMEDAY.
In addition, Sid 'n Susie - her duo project with Matthew Sweet - has released three volumes of their UNDER THE COVERS series - focused on the '60s, '70s, and '80s.
(scans from the original 80's-era Bangles fan mag "Bangles 'N Mash")