Self-described as "the kid who brought a guitar to every sleep-over in order to torture everyone with my newest creation", Vicki Peterson began writing songs in elementary school, and formed several bands in her youth, culminating in 1981's The Bangs alongside sister Debbi and singer guitarist Susanna Hoffs - which soon became the iconic chart-topping 80’s group The Bangles.
In the early 90’s, Vicki began writing songs with her good friend Susan Cowsill as the Psycho Sisters, and contributed to tracks by artists including Tom Petty, the Hoodoo Gurus, John Doe, and Belinda Carlisle, as well as replacing a pregnant Charlotte Caffey on The Go-Go’s 1994-95 reunion tour.
In the late 90's, Vicki moved to New Orleans to be a part of the critically acclaimed songwriters’ collective Continental Drifters, which included old friends Peter Holsapple (dB’s) and Mark Walton (The Dream Syndicate). Not long afterwards, the Bangles began recording and touring again, releasing 2003's DOLL REVOLUTION, 2011's SWEETHEART OF THE SUN, 2014's LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BANGLES!, and 2018's Paisley Underground compilation 3X4.
Concurrently, Vicki released 2014's Psycho Sisters first—and almost mythical--full-length recording UP ON THE CHAIR, BEATRICE, and in 2017 formed Action Skulls alongside husband John Cowsill and Bill Mumy, with releases ANGELS HEAR in 2017 and A DIFFERENT WORLD in 2020.
Check out the Action Skulls YouTube Channel
(scans from the original 80's-era Bangles fan mag "Bangles 'N Mash")