First Hit #1: April 1, 1989
Unexpectedly, the women behind Walk Like an Egyptian have made a country song. It’s not quite arranged like a country song, with an odd Casiotone and vocals mix that seems at odd with what the song is trying to do. It’s the vocal really, Susanna Hoffs developed a bit of a twang for this one, which combines with the soaring chorus to make a song that just sounds country. The lyrics are pretty country as well, a song about yearning filtered through a bit of vague religious imagery that feels right at home on country radio. I find myself wishing that the arrangement went with acoustic guitar over keyboards, and that they would have fully embraced the country influence that permeates the song, but I can understand why they didn’t. Not everyone likes country, and keeping the arrangement a bit weird might have just reassured Bangles fans – they’re still the women who gave you Walk Like an Egyptian, these are pop instruments.