photo by Jonathon Kingsbury
  • photo by Jonathon Kingsbury
(Triple Door) Oh, man, did the Bangles' All Over the Place rule my world for a few months in 1984. I reviewed it for my college paper and surely embarrassed myself with some hyperbolic babble about the California band's soft-sike-pop genius and intricate, pulchritudinous vocal harmonies. Besides her key contributions to the Bangles, guitarist/vocalist Susanna Hoffs went on to do some solid solo work and two engaging albums of covers with Matthew Sweet as Sid n Susie (both artists have great taste in vintage pop), and even her late-era material surpasses expectations for '80s pop stars in the 21st century. Go for "Manic Monday," stay for "Live"—and don't shout for "Walk Like an Egyptian," you goober.