|Studio album by|
|Released||January 2, 1986 (US)|
March 3, 1986 (UK)
|Studio||Sunset Sound and Sunset Sound Factory (Hollywood, CA).|
|The Bangles chronology|
|Singles from Different Light|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||6/10|
|The Village Voice||B|
Different Light is the second studio album by American pop rock band the Bangles, released in January 1986. The album's Top 40 sound was a departure from their earlier 1960s-style rock'n'roll sound. It is their best-known album, with five charting singles, including the Billboard top two hits "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian". It is also the first album in which bassist Michael Steele sings lead vocals on some tracks.
The 2008 reissue CD on the Wounded Bird Records label (WOU 4039) adds a bonus track: "Walk Like an Egyptian (Extended Dance Mix)".
Different Light produced five singles, the first three of which were written by someone other than the Bangles. Lead single "Manic Monday", originally written by Prince under the pseudonym "Christopher" in 1984 as a duet for the Apollonia 6 album, peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1986. "If She Knew What She Wants", the second single from Different Light, was originally recorded by Jules Shear on his 1985 Eternal Return album. The song was originally written in the first person, however the Bangles rewrote the lyrics in the third person as they considered it more appropriate; their version charted at number 29 in the United States and number 31 in the United Kingdom. "Walk Like an Egyptian" was written by Liam Sternberg after seeing people on a ferry walking awkwardly to keep their balance as figures do in Ancient Egyptian reliefs; it became one of the most successful singles by the Bangles, hitting number one in the United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands, as well as peaking at number three in the United Kingdom. "Walking Down Your Street" hit number 11 in the United States and number 16 in the United Kingdom, and a fifth single, "Following", was released exclusively in the latter country.
The covers of the most of the album's US cassette pressings and the sheet music songbook only show 12 (out of 16) of the "different" snapshots, eliminating the third column to best fit the rectangular layout of cassette cases and book.
The back cover of European-made CDs replicates the back cover of the vinyl LP edition, with all 16 snapshots and the track index at the top. The back cover of the US version, however, only shows the first column of four snapshots, with the track index list occupying the rest of the space - a rare deviation for Columbia's CD issues during the 1980s.
|1.||"Manic Monday"||"Christopher" (Prince)||Hoffs||3:06|
|2.||"In a Different Light"||Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson||V. Peterson||2:52|
|3.||"Walking Down Your Street"||Hoffs, Louis Gutierrez, David Kahne||Hoffs||3:04|
|4.||"Walk Like an Egyptian"||Liam Sternberg||V. Peterson, Steele and Hoffs||3:24|
|5.||"Standing in the Hallway"||Hoffs, Kahne, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson||D. Peterson||2:56|
|6.||"Return Post"||Hoffs, Vicki Peterson||V. Peterson||4:22|
|7.||"If She Knew What She Wants" (cover of Jules Shear, 1985)||Jules Shear||Hoffs||3:49|
|8.||"Let It Go"||Hoffs, D. Peterson, V. Peterson, Michael Steele||Group||2:32|
|9.||"September Gurls" (cover of Big Star, 1974)||Alex Chilton||Steele||2:45|
|10.||"Angels Don't Fall in Love"||Hoffs, V. Peterson||V. Peterson||3:23|
|12.||"Not Like You"||Hoffs, Kahne, D. Peterson||D. Peterson||3:06|
|United States||1986||2||3× Platinum|
|United Kingdom||October 1986||3||Platinum||Originally peaked at 30 on March 1986|
|Switzerland||May 4, 1986||16|
|Australia||1986||2||2× Platinum||Peaked in April 1987|
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