#PittigeMadammen - The Bangles - Going Down To Liverpool (1984)
We gaan hier niet flauw over doen: de dames in de (rock- en pop)muziek werden altijd al onderbelicht. Tijd om daar verandering in te brengen. Een beetje dan toch.
Nog zo'n supersong, die immer en altijd de goede luim instant over de streep trekt. De tweede single van debuutplaat 'All Over The Place'. Eerst geen succes, maar na de bijval van 'Manic Monday' opnieuw uitgebracht en dan toch nog een bescheiden hit.
Een song van collega Kimberley Rew van Katrina & The Waves. Gitarist Vicki Peterson over de keuze van deze cover: "Michael (Steele, bas) and I shared a house, and our roommate was listening to a tape sent to her by a friend of ours who lives in San Francisco. This tape happened to have a song by a band called Katrina & The Waves on it, a demo version with Kimberley Rew singing the lead vocal, Going Down To Liverpool. Michael and I were standing in the bathroom putting on make-up or something... It was great, the beat, the feeling of it, something about the guitars sounded like us. We were trying to think of a couple more numbers to put on the album, and we had some songs of our own and a couple of covers, but we decided it would be nice to do a more current cover. And it was just three chords, real basic."
Een song over werkloos zijn (vandaar "UB40" oftewel Unemployment Benefit Form 40). De videoclip was een verhaal op zich met de cameo van Leonard “Spock” Nimoy en de regie van Tamar Simon Hoffs, de moeder van Bangles-zangeres Susanna Hoffs: "Leonard Nimoy is like an old friend of my family's from way back. We were sitting around and we had this concept of The Bangles sitting in this mystery car being driven to Liverpool or whatever, right? And who's gonna drive that car? It just occurred to me, Leonard Nimoy would be great, so I've phoned him up and I thought, 'Oh gosh, is Leonard gonna wanna do it, but he said yes!"
Goed idee, straffe song!