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Susanna Hoffs

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Newport Beach, Los Angeles CA, United States (1959 – present)

Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is a vocalist & rhythm guitarist for The Bangles. She has also released five albums as a solo artist, two in collaboration with Matthew Sweet. The Picture Me Songfacts states that her most recent one, Someday, was released via Vanguard Records on July 17, 2012. The 1960s-influenced set was co-written with Nashville musician Andrew Brassell and produced by Mitchell Froom.

Early life

Hoffs was born in Newport Beach, California to a Jewish family. Her mother was a fan of The Beatles and played their records for Hoffs when she was a child. She began playing the guitar in her teens and hooked up with Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson, who needed a singer for their band, which would later become The Bangles. Susanna attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. In 1980, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Art.

The Bangles years

The Bangles released their first album All Over The Place in 1984, but their major breakthrough album was Different Light in 1986, with the hit singles “Manic Monday” and “Walk Like an Egyptian.” Her fame rising, Susanna starred in the movie The Allnighter in 1987. It was directed by her mother Tamar Simon Hoffs and also featured Joan Cusack and Pam Grier.

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  • aybesea69

    30 years later and I still have a crush on her! ;-)

    5 Feb 7:13pm Reply
  • letsbolt

    ❤️ Forever and ever

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    always susanna

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    In 1986, Prince invited the little-known Bangles to record his song, "Manic Monday." It propelled the LA band to stardom, but it was only a stepping stone for guitarist, Susanna Hoffs, who, two years later, would write The Bangles' most enduring song, "Eternal Flame." Hoffs takes Songfacts behind the scenes of what was, in effect, The Bangles' epitaph - from writing the lyrics with Billy Steinberg, to recording them...in the nude! - http://www.songfacts.com/blog/playingmysong/susanna_hoffs_-_eternal_flame_/

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sober-

    Someday is ok, it is worth the listen and better than her debut album, but still nowhere as good as her amazing self-titled

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • RichInNC

    Agreed -- Susanna's solo stuff has mostly left me cold over the years, but the new album is a pleasure to listen to.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • WyldWoodFlower

    The new album is really lovely.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • newmusicmark

    New song here... http://www.spinner.com/2012/07/12/susanna-hoffs-picture-me-someday/

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • dannyboy77

    The 1991 solo album is great, so underated but so good. My adult self appreciates more than the 13/14 year old I was when I bought the album.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • eddyjacobsen

    Hi there Susanna; My side of the bed and Light my way home; are my two fav. - beautiful songs; beautiful singing..ed

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • emcxmc

    Pretty Woman.

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • karon1821

    For all you Susanna fans, check out Louise Goffin. She's amazing and underrated just like Susanna.

    21 Dec 2010 Reply
  • rabid13

    Is the reason "Rainy Day" hasn't been re-released, due mostly to Mr. Roback? If it is, so help me, grrrrr

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • emcxmc

    Happy Birthday Susanna. I never new a prettier girl than you, the time you Walked like an Egyptian and you still are one of my Eternal Flames.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ArnTheDuck

    Hottest mama in the world:p

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • andomck

    You're pretty. How come you never write me back?

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • frode1974

    Underrated artist. The Susanna Hoffs/Matthew Sweet cover-album is brilliant...

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • binhpac

    Don't Hassel the Hoff!

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • lihei

    What a photo!

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • BobaMilkTea

    Hoffs rules! Damn, I can't find The Water is Wide on here. I'm gonna cry ninja baby tears. :(

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
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