The Bangles, "Hazy Shade Of Winter" Single (1985). Front cover image. Pop-rock, power-pop. Songs from the movie "Less Than Zero."
The Bangles, "Hazy Shade Of Winter" Single (1985). Back cover image. Pop-rock, power-pop. Songs from the movie "Less Than Zero."
The Bangles, "Hazy Shade Of Winter" Single (1985). Record label sticker image. Pop-rock, power-pop. Songs from the movie "Less Than Zero."
Modern Soul Records

The Bangles "Hazy Shade of Winter" b/w Joan Jett "She Lost You" Split Single (1987)

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Details: Used 7” record. Songs from the movie soundtrack for “Less Than Zero,” including The Bangles cover of Paul Simon’s song, “Hazy Shade Of Winter,” and b/w Joan Jett & The Blackhearts original track, “She Lost You,” which also appeared on Joan Jett’s album “Flashback.” Def Jam label, some wearing, and some bending, creases, and ring wear on the picture sleeve.

Description: “In 1987, the Bangles were approached to record a song for the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero. They chose to record a cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter", which they had been performing live since at least as far back as March 1983. Lead vocals were performed jointly by all four members of the group, with a short solo led by Susanna Hoffs towards the end. This was a rare occurrence in The Bangles songs, as they mostly had just one member singing lead. Due to pressure from their record label, The Bangles removed the verse from the original song that contained the line "drinking my vodka and lime". According to liner notes on the Soundtrack album, Steve Bartek from the band Oingo Boingo played acoustic guitar on the track. When released as a single in November 1987, "Hazy Shade of Winter" became a huge hit, surpassing the popularity of the original version, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind Tiffany's "Could've Been", and also number 11 in the UK. It was also a hit around Europe. The music video (the first for future country music video director Jim Shea) showed the group singing in a studio surrounded by television screens on the walls, similar to a scene from the film Less Than Zero, from which other scenes appear throughout the video. "Hazy Shade of Winter" was not included on any of the group's studio albums, but later appeared on their first official Greatest Hits in 1990 and on many of their subsequent compilations. The accompanying video compilation for Greatest Hits did not include the promo for "Hazy Shade of Winter", due to complications with the licensing of the movie rights of the scenes from Less Than Zero that appear within the video clip.“

Grade: VG (picture sleeve) / VG (record)

TRACK LISTING SIDE A:

  1. The Bangles, “Hazy Shade Of Winter”

TRACK LISTING SIDE B:

  1. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “She Lost You”