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Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959)[1] is an American vocalist, guitarist, actress and songwriter. She is best known as a co-founder of The Bangles.[2]

Susanna Hoffs
Hoffs in Australia, 2008
Susanna Lee Hoffs

(1959-01-17) January 17, 1959 (age 60)
  • Vocalist
  • guitarist
  • actress
  • songwriter
Years active1981–present
Height5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Musical career
Associated acts


Early lifeEdit

Hoffs was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family.[3] She is the daughter of film director/writer/producer Tamar Ruth (née Simon) and Joshua Allen Hoffs, a psychoanalyst.[4][5] Her mother played Beatles music for Hoffs when she was a child, and she began playing the guitar in her teens. Hoffs attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, graduating in 1976. While in college she worked as a production assistant and made her acting debut in the 1978 film Stony Island.[6]

In 1980, Hoffs graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in art. When she entered Berkeley, she was a fan of classic rock bands that played in large stadiums. While a student at Berkeley, she attended the final Sex Pistols show at Winterland Ballroom and a Patti Smith concert. Exposure to punk rock changed her career goal from a dancer to musician in a band.[7] She eventually joined Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson in what would later become the pop music group The Bangles.[citation needed]


The BangsEdit

Inspired by The Ramones and other punk bands, Hoffs founded The Bangs with Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson. After recording their first album, the night before it was pressed, they learned of a legal claim by an East Coast boy band, also called "The Bangs", requiring a sudden change of name, so "The Bangs" morphed into "The Bangles".[8]

The BanglesEdit

The Bangles' first recorded release was a self-titled EP in 1982 on the Faulty Products Label (which lived up to its name by folding during the first promotional tour). The Bangles released their first full album All Over the Place in 1984 on Columbia Records. They had a moderate hit with the single "Hero Takes a Fall", but their commercial breakthrough came with the album Different Light in 1986, which produced the hit singles "Manic Monday" (which Prince had written for the Bangles), "If She Knew What She Wants", and "Walk Like an Egyptian".[citation needed]

In 1986, Hoffs co-wrote "I Need a Disguise" for the album Belinda for Belinda Carlisle, from the all-girl group The Go-Go's. With increasing fame, Hoffs also appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, and the Rickenbacker guitar company issued a Susanna Hoffs model of the 350, which she customized herself.[citation needed]

In 1987, Hoffs starred in the film The Allnighter, which was directed by her mother Tamar Simon Hoffs, and also featured Joan Cusack and Pam Grier. The film was critically panned, and failed at the box office. Hoffs later said: "It wasn't a great movie but the whole experience of it was great."[9]

In 1988, The Bangles released their third album, Everything. The first single, co-written by Hoffs, "In Your Room" became a top 10 hit. Everything also produced their biggest-selling single "Eternal Flame", which was also co-written and sung by Hoffs.[citation needed]

In the BBC programme "I'm in a Girl Group", Hoffs revealed she actually sang the studio recording of "Eternal Flame" completely naked due to the producer Davitt Sigerson pranking her by telling her Olivia Newton John had done the same thing. He later told Hoffs he had been lying the whole time.[10]

In 1989, The Bangles formally disbanded.[11] In the late 1990s, however, Hoffs contacted the other members of The Bangles with the hope of reuniting. They recorded the single "Get the Girl" for the second Austin Powers movie in 1999. Subsequently, they announced their decision to reunite full-time in 2000. Their fourth album, Doll Revolution, was released in 2003.[citation needed]

Solo careerEdit

Hoffs performing live in Sydney on 22 October 2010.

Hoffs released a solo album, When You're a Boy, in 1991, which spawned a U.S Top 40 hit with "My Side of the Bed." In the UK the single landed at #44, for only 4 weeks on chart, and the album also landed decently in Europe.

Hoffs recorded another album in 1993-94, prior to leaving Columbia Records, but it went unreleased. In 1996, Hoffs released her second solo album, Susanna Hoffs. Although it received much praise in the media and yielded a minor US hit and a UK hit at #33 for 2 weeks with a cover of the Lightning Seeds single "All I Want", it still was not a big commercial success.

Hoffs recorded a cover of "The Look of Love" for the soundtrack of the first Austin Powers movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and a cover of the song "Alfie" for the soundtrack of the third Austin Powers in Goldmember. She recorded a cover of the Oingo Boingo song "We Close Our Eyes" for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack. She is also responsible for the song "Now and Then", from the 1995 film of the same name.

Hoffs also contributed a song to the film Red Roses and Petrol (written and directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs) titled "The Water is Wide." The song can be heard in the closing credits and is available on the film's soundtrack. In February 2009, Hoffs appeared on stage at the Key Club in Los Angeles, singing with thenewno2, the "post-Bristol" psychedelic blues band led by Dhani Harrison.

In December 2011, Hoffs provided an original song for use in promoting Visit South Walton, the tourism promotion agency for Walton County, Florida (formerly identified as the Beaches of South Walton). The song, "This is the Place", will be used in advertising and marketing the popular coastal area that comprises fifteen beach communities.

Hoffs performing at The House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 30, 2007

Hoffs self-released her third solo album of new material (the first since her 1996's self-titled album) called Someday via Vanguard Records on July 17, 2012. The set was produced by Mitchell Froom and is influenced by the music of the 1960s.[12] American Songwriter gave Someday a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and described it as "easily and undeniably Hoffs’ most definitive musical statement to date."

Hoffs is mentioned in "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles" by The Saw Doctors. Robbie Fulks wrote about her in "That Bangle Girl", which appears on his album The Very Best of Robbie Fulks.

Hoffs donated her vocal talent to the end credits song from the film, A Dog Named Gucci, in the song One Voice, which also features the talents of Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Brian May and Kathryn Calder. It was produced by Dean Falcone, who also wrote the film's score. One Voice was released on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016, with profits from the sale of the single going to benefit animal charities.[13]

Ming TeaEdit

Mike Myers, Matthew Sweet, and Hoffs formed the faux British 1960s band Ming Tea after Myers' Saturday Night Live stint in the early 1990s.[14][15] They all adopted pseudonyms for the band, with Hoffs using the name Gillian Shagwell and Myers creating Austin Powers. This group made a number of club and television performances and had a minor hit with the song "BBC". Myers's then wife Robin Ruzan encouraged him to write a film based on the character.[15] The result was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, directed by Hoffs' husband Jay Roach. Ming Tea performed in all three Austin Powers films.

Sid n SusieEdit

In 2006, Hoffs teamed up with fellow Ming Tea rocker Matthew Sweet; under the name "Sid n Susie", they recorded fifteen cover versions of classic rock songs from the 1960s and 1970s for an album titled Under the Covers, Vol. 1. The album was released in April 2006. On July 18, they appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien to promote the album and tour. The duo released another album Under the Covers, Vol. 2 on July 21, 2009, which included covers of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart and others.[16] In 2012 Under the Covers, Vol. 3 was released.

In 2013, Hoffs collaborated with Sweet and Tim Robbins for a cover of the traditional "Marianne" for the Sea shanty-compilation Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1993, Hoffs married Jay Roach, who later directed the Austin Powers trilogy, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. They have two sons.[18] Roach converted to Judaism upon marrying Hoffs.[3]

She is a vegetarian.[19]



Date Title Peak chart positions Notes
1991 When You're a Boy 83 67 51 29 56  
1996 Susanna Hoffs 228 50  
2006 Under the Covers, Vol. 1
(with Matthew Sweet)
2009 Under the Covers, Vol. 2
(with Matthew Sweet)
2012 Someday  
2012 Some Summer Days (EP)  
2012 From Me To You (EP)  
2012 Under the Covers, Vol. 3
(with Matthew Sweet)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.


Date Title Peak chart positions Notes
Solo releases
1991 "My Side of the Bed" 30 54 20 36 23 33 44
"Unconditional Love" 100 65
"Only Love"/"You Were on My Mind" 135
1996 "All I Want" 77 164 44 44 32
With Ming Tea
1997 "BBC" From Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Soundtrack
2002 "Daddy Wasn't There" From Austin Powers in Goldmember Soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Filmography and appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "The Birth of Susanna L. Hoffs". The California Birth Index. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bangles: The Girls Are All Right". Los Angeles Herald Examiner. February 11, 1983.
  3. ^ a b Teicholz, Tom (2006). "Susanna Hoffs walks like a rockstar/mom". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved August 15, 2010.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  4. ^ "TAMAR SIMON ENGAGED; She Is Fiancee of Joshua A. Hoffs, A Medical Student". The New York Times. February 28, 1957.
  5. ^ "Bangle still follows mom's directions". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. May 15, 1987. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Stony Island Movie". Archived from the original on November 15, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  7. ^ Ragogna, Mike (September 26, 2011). "Sweetheart Of The Sun & Modern Art: Chatting With The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  8. ^ McCartney, Kelly (2015-06-05). "The Origin of The Bangles". Medium, 5 June 2015. Retrieved on 2017-12-17 from
  9. ^ Hunt, Chris (1991). "Susanna Hoffs interview". Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "I'm in a Girl Group".
  11. ^ "No more manic Mondays". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 5, 2005.
  12. ^ "Susanna Hoffs « Vanguard Records Publicity". July 17, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Tribbey, Ralph (March 19, 2016). "DVD & Blu-Ray Release Report: Filmmaker Gorman Bechard's A Dog Named Gucci To Make Its DVD Debut On Apr. 19". DVD & Blu-Ray Release Report. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Mike Myers". Digital Hit. Digital Hit Entertainment/ Multiplex Theatre Properties Inc. 1997–2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  15. ^ a b Abbey, Cherie D.; Hillstrom, Kevin (2004). Biography Today Performing Artists. Omnigraphics. p. 101. ISBN 078080709X.
  16. ^ "Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Cover the Eighties". The New Yorker. November 12, 2013. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  18. ^ "No more manic Mondays". The Sun-Herald. September 5, 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  19. ^ "Vegetarian Celebrities".
  20. ^ US Billboard 200 peaks: "Billboard > Artists / Susanna Hoffs > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
    • Top 100 peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 130.
    • "All I Want", "Only Love" and Susanna Hoffs peaks: "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received August 18, 2017". Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  22. ^ a b Austrian chart peaks: " > Susanna Hoffs in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  23. ^ a b German chart peaks:
  24. ^ a b Dutch chart peaks: " > Susanna Hoffs in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  25. ^ a b New Zealand chart peaks: " > Susanna Hoffs in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  26. ^ a b Swedish chart peaks: " > Susanna Hoffs in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  27. ^ a b Swiss chart peaks:
  28. ^ a b UK chart peaks:
  29. ^ US Billboard Hot 100 peaks: "Billboard > Artists / Susanna Hoffs > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  30. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 254. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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